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Posted: Jun 14th 2011 5:06PM Wild Colors said

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In my humble opinion, this is a great move. One of the big deterrents to trying out many of the F2P games is downloading whatever installer they're using and then waiting forever for it to incrementally update and patch. The other big one is creating an account for reach service...I'm not sure yet whether my Steam account will link in or if I'll still need to do that.

The only potential problem is that Steam and Valve could become like Kindle and Amazon at some point down the road -- a huge, great online store, but one that the company has complete control over and uses to either keep profits of other publishers/creators down, or else keep out competition altogether. I haven't heard anything to suggest Steam/Valve moving in that direction yet, however.

Posted: Jun 14th 2011 5:06PM DevilSei said

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Eh, Steam has been offering Global Agenda since its release I believe, so technically Global Agenda has "been at the party" for a while now, with Forsaken World and Spiral Knights arriving a little late

Posted: Jun 14th 2011 5:24PM Ghostspeaker said

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@DevilSei

Yeah, was about to mention that. Though to be fair GA DID start out as P2P. Sorta kinda. If you looked at it sideways.

Still, it's a good move by Steam. They're all great games. Here's hoping they include more of the good F2P games in the future. APB:R, and/or the Turbine MMOs maybe? *nudgenudge*
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Posted: Jun 14th 2011 6:20PM Eamil said

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@DevilSei

Even after Global Agenda went free to play, you had to pay for the game if you wanted it through Steam (up until today of course). I assume that counted as the "one-time fee" for Elite Agent status, but still.
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Posted: Jun 14th 2011 6:30PM paterah said

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@Eamil Not true, I downloaded Global Agenda and played it trhrough Steam 1 month ago and didn't pay anything.
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Posted: Jun 14th 2011 6:35PM Eamil said

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@paterah Well I was looking at it last week and it said $10 so I'm not sure what that was.
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Posted: Jun 14th 2011 6:36PM Eamil said

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@Eamil

Fake-edit: Maybe the free version was put under a "free trial" button I didn't notice.
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Posted: Jun 15th 2011 1:33AM ShivanSwordsman said

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@DevilSei

Honestly, this makes me want to try out the games even more. The downloads are there at my finger tips, I can use my steam account for access where needed, and it's just that much easier on me when the mood strikes my fancy.

I also never knew of Spiral Knights till now. Very fun game, but if Three Ring thinks I'm going to get into another Fatigue System game, they can blow me. I hope other developers take advantage of Steam to show off their products, though. It just makes it that much easier for them to advertise.
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Posted: Jun 14th 2011 5:17PM Sladden said

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This is a good move, in my opinion! Just imagine how many players out there, who visit Steam everyday and don't play mmorpgs.....and then they see the "Free To Play" banner. A little thing like that, can do something great!

Posted: Jun 14th 2011 5:49PM Hookan91 said

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@Sladden That will surely boost the playerbase of those games, which will make Steam put more F2P games in their catalog, like APB:R and Turbine games, like @Ghostspeaker said.
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Posted: Jun 14th 2011 5:20PM hami83 said

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I'll care when MMOs are on Onlive and I can play MMOs that look awesome on even the crappiest computer.

Posted: Jun 14th 2011 5:21PM Utnac said

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My understanding is you can now use cash in your steam wallet to buy things in these games cash shops, a pretty large thing for a lot of these games, it will do them wonders though I'm sure

Posted: Jun 15th 2011 10:17AM ChongShin said

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@Utnac This was the coolest part of the announcement, IMO. I saw them listed on Steam and immediately thought, "Okay, this is cool, but how does it make Steam any money?" Then saw the description. :)
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Posted: Jun 14th 2011 5:35PM PrimeSynergy said

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Just when I thought Valve couldn't make me love Steam anymore than I already do, they pull this.

I think I'm in love.

Posted: Jun 15th 2011 12:09AM chuckasucka said

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@PrimeSynergy I know!~
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Posted: Jun 14th 2011 5:37PM Irem said

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This is very, very cool.

Posted: Jun 14th 2011 6:02PM Sunlover said

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Awesome! Now just waiting on Valve's DOTA and a Valve made MMO! Make it happen, Gabe. You know you wanna!

Posted: Jun 14th 2011 6:03PM (Unverified) said

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Best move they could make in my opinion. If Turbine were to hop on board too it would be even better.

Posted: Jun 14th 2011 6:03PM Borick said

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Awesome news.

Posted: Jun 14th 2011 6:10PM (Unverified) said

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With an existing relationship with Funcom, we can hopefully expect to see AoC on there this summer once unrated launches.

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