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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The other definitons are outdated and don't represent the improvements Steam has made over the years.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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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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a computer program that doesn't work
Man, this program is just steam.
by Thomas Cai April 16, 2005
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A program that let people organize every half-life related game. which takes a million years to load. steam also comes with an anti cheat system called VAC, which also sucks.
by Steam Hater March 29, 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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1. Noun. The gaseous form of water, H20.

2. Noun. An excellent idea that manifested itself in an extremely buggy and sometimes stupid program. Automatic patching? Great! A friends network? Why didn't they think of that before? A program slower than a sloth? Not good.
1. James Watt was principle in the development of an engine working using the pressure of super-heated steam.

2. Steam took too long to update itself, so the uber-1337 WON veteran Jimmy smashed his computer, before realising that he could just shut down steam and play Counter-Striike 1.5

Why does Friends Network work only about 25% of the time?
by Comrade Dmitri March 03, 2004
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