Steam is a gaming software application that allows users to play video games straight from their PC or Mac. It was created by Valve corporations and is used to distribute games and other media related online. It was created in 2003 and it was written in C++.
This app is awesome
This app also allows Mac and Linux users to play from their desktop. Another reason why this app is so amazing is that it can integrate Playstation and Xbox games to be played right here from you own laptop. Of course, you will have to purchase the game first. Also you can play with millions of users over the internet. You can connect with friends, play with them, and also submit to a forum to let others know whether they liked the game that they have purchased or not. The gaming community is a growing community with the increase in technology and Steam is also evolving with it as well. Currently Steam has over 50 million users and over 1500 games. It will continue to grow due to it popularity and easy to use interface. The software provides a freely available application programming interface, Steamworks, that developers can take advantage of to integrate many of Steam's functions within their software products, including copy protection, networking and matchmaking, in-game achievements and micro-transactions, and support for user-created content through Steam Workshop.The competition of Steam games can be very competitive with the variety of games that Steam offers. Plus there is a leader board to keep track of all of its users high scores or best times. Another thing why Steam can be competitive is the achievements that the user can unlock to make the user feel that they have accomplish something by completing a certain task in the game. This makes Steam more fun for replay-ability for users who enjoy playing the same game over and over again.
As far as competition goes there is not another app quite like this one. Maybe besides Desura. Desura is the only distribution platform that supports Linux. It is a recent project that was develop in 2009, so it has not had much time to grow and fully develop yet. But a majority of gamers usually come to Steam for their gaming needs.
How it works
Steam offers an altered finality for users can use for educational purposes for school. Also by right clicking on it on a Mac you can view its source code for further detail