Steam Stuff - What Has the Digital Distribution Giant Done Lately?

Exactly. So when the Epic fans claim that store is just another store, that is not a selling point. D2D, Impulse, GG and ViaTech were all just other stores and I have lost products from each. But I have over a decade of history and 300+ games with Steam and have not lost one.

Yep. These are platforms, not just stores. And as a platform in which to invest your money, you want something that is fairly monolithic and will stick around. It needs to prove itself over time with long-term commitment. Steam is just such a platform, and there is plenty of competition using Steam as the platform while competing at the seller level, as has been mentioned above.

GOG is another platform, but it’s one I’m far less confident about long-term. Nevertheless, I choose to support GOG because I believe in their stance.

OMG, I totally misinterpreted your original post. I thought you had bought a Steam key from GG, and it wouldn’t redeem, and that when you said “Reason #542 why I like Steam” you were being sarcastic.

Now I gotcha. You actually do like Steam due to its history of reliability. Which I also like!

I’m just less annoyed by other platforms. It sucks, but the same thing is happening in video streaming services too. It’s just where we are now. Of course, I’m mostly only playing games on other platforms that they’re giving me for free (Twitch and Epic especially), so I’m not that invested. I have bought a few things on GOG and UPlay.

Maybe you’ve checked this, but could it be your hard drive that’s slowing everything down? On the download page, the graph has two lines - one for your DL speed (network) and one for the write speed (disk). I know when we finally got a gigabit internet connection, sometimes our downloads would start and stop, but the graph was clearly showing that my older HDD couldn’t write as fast as our internet connection could download.

A good thought, but I have a Samsung SSD so I don’t believe that’s the issue. I won’t rule it out, but it seems unlikely to me.

Yeah, seems unlikely if you’re writing to an SSD. I was not when I was having this issue.

Also, I mentioned before but I get much better and consistent speeds with EPIC and uPlay, so it’s just something with Steam for some reason. I just pulled down Anno 1800 and got the entire thing in about 11 minutes.

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Anyway, if no one else is really seeing this that’s excellent news all around, I think it must be something with the download servers near me (since I think @robc04 is not too far away from me geographically and he’s seeing at least some of this, too).

Never any issues with download speed, centered here between Philly and NYC.

Took just under 5 minutes. :D

Hahahaha, damn. I only wish I got those speeds. What you guys describe as bad is the best I can hope for in chicago.

Getting 2.6 mb/s is an improvement. I think the highest I ever saw, for even a short time, was 3.5.

I don’t have those speeds, but Steam is also able to team connections. When I was doing powerline networking, I could add a wireless network and Steam uses both to their capacity.

I’ve been sitting here thinking the same thing. My actual internet connection is “only” 30 Mbps so 3.5 MB/s is pretty good, really.

Exactly. Most downloads average between 800kb/s and 2.1mb/s. Sometimes dipping lower, and only very rarely going above.

And 3-4 years ago it was half that. In Chicago. Got no sympathy for complaints above!

mines supposed to go up to 400 mbps but I usually get 320-360 on Steam, Epic and all the other stores

Yup, just got an upgrade last month and I’m thrilled whenever I get a sustained 6 MB/s. I thought that was fast until I saw the numbers upthread…

I look forward to Valve’s algorithm flagging and removing the reviews from this recent review bomb.

I’ve sure the developer and Valve will have no problem yanking out all the praise…

If Ubi could have predicted the review response for Unity, do you think they would’ve torched the Notre-Dame closer to release?

Sorry, that was a grossly inappropriate and insensitive joke.

I had a guilty laugh from it.

Nothing wrong with some dark humor, I chuckled.

One Billion!