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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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The other definitons are outdated and don't represent the improvements Steam has made over the years.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
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
A one-shot-one-kill weapon usable by gaming companies to kill a game. See "awp".
Valve1-0 killed Counter-Strike0-1 with "STEAM"
by Willy January 11, 2004
The piece of sh!t VALVe designed. Steam started as a VERY buggy program. After Steam deleted all the HL files from your HL folder, people found that Steam is the worst piece of sh!t ever made, but they had to stick with Steam after they had no more HL files. Not only that, Steam downloads upgrades and other crap without notifying you about it at ALL. That means that if someone can hack into the download manager of steam, they can put viruses, spyware and all the other sh!t they want without you knowing it. MILLIONS of people support that and all the other facts why steam is crap.

P.S. Satertek STFU with your double definitions
Man, this is so steamy..
by Anonymous October 02, 2003
Short for "Steaming pile of shit".
No example needed. Seriously.
by Woot April 24, 2005
The only thing on the face of the earth that could have so many errors. Using it is like unwanted anal sex by some big burly man named Betty.

2)Satan's HL replacement for WON.
Wow, gg steam. GJ with making 24 out of the 29 people on NAR#2 the Gorge Hideout server randomly drop, completely ruining the game.

Wait... why are 666 and a bunch of pentagrams with stars in them included in the steam help file?
by Johnson August 23, 2004
1. a waste of code designed to turn good games (like CS, dod) into piles of shit,
2. the worst way to update games,
3. a REALLY bad idea,
4. a way of getting 56k players off half-life in the hope to reduce lag but because of the fuckups in code its laggy with more than 4 people playing on a server,
5. what you get if you fart on a cold day
steam is made for valves to laugh at
by hex_ten November 23, 2003

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