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Online gaming store/client/DRM service created by Valve corporation. Games can be bought on Steam, and there are often game sales and bonus pack deals for promotions (Bioshock sold for $10.00 on Boxing Day). There is also a social networking aspect a la Facebook, where you can make friends, join gaming groups, etc.

There are a growing number of games which are using Steam for DRM purposes. These games are, once installed, tied directly to Steam and not your computer. The pro to this is that you can play said game on ANY computer with Steam installed using your account. Games also update themselves automatically. The con is that is that Steam has to be running for the game to play, althought offline mode exists.

The other definitons are outdated and don't represent the improvements Steam has made over the years.
Steam is a great gaming service and the least obnoxious forms of DRM. Yes it is still rather slow but the pros truly outweight the cons. Secu-ROM can burn in hell.
by failspy February 18, 2009
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An app by valve software that sells downloads of games old and new and usurps you of your money.
I spent $100 on Steam and I haven't even played half of the games I bought.
by Cerebrate 1138 October 31, 2014
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The Game client that distributes games such as Half Life 2, Counter-Strike Source, Team Fortress 2.
Steam is actually a man named Steve who lives far away in the mountains in a little cabin. He controls the steam program but he's fucking retarded thus why steam crashes so damn often. Every now and then , his but buddy, Val( Valve) comes and gives him new programs, but he's so stupid he can't really operate new programs without crashing. So he passes out all the time trying to get these programs to work. Thats why steam is a piece of shit program.
by Paddy O'Mally May 17, 2008
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1. A program made by a bunch of sadist programmers at Valve. The target audience is obviously masochists. Gives you the strong urge to torture small fuzzy animals.

2. What happens when water gets too hot.
1. If there is another error with steam I am going to fucking kill myself.

2. Water-OW
Stove-WHAT
Water-It's too hot, I'm melting..
by lordbovine September 04, 2006
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To dome a blunt or any other form of marijuana.
"Pull the truck up front and roll up the next blunt. So we can steam on the way to the telly, go fill my belly, a t-bone steak, cheese, eggs, and Welch's grape." - Notorious
by Son of Jewels February 28, 2009
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a computer program that doesn't work
Man, this program is just steam.
by Thomas Cai April 16, 2005
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The most retarded program on Earth. Made specially for us.
When you want to play CS or HL2, Steam would open up all of a sudden and will start "updating" (as they call it) your games. But don't worry, when you turn it off, it starts updating again until you get mad. Then, your actions are unpredictable. Remember: if you're a dial-up person, don't try Steam on your nerves.
by imnowme December 20, 2005
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