Bellevue (WA) - Steam content distribution platform just became THE 800-pound gorilla in the world of digital distribution. Valve just announced that Epic Games signed with Steam, making this three out of three for founders of FPS gaming.
Steam is now expanded with a complete Unreal line-up, starting with Unreal Gold and Unreal II: The Awakening for single-player titles, and Unreal Tournament, UT2004 and latest baby, Unreal Tournament III. The oddball title that is not present in the line-up is of course, Unreal Tournament 2003. If you decide to buy the complete pack, that'll settle you back for $53.95 - four dollars less than a stand-alone version of UT3 in retail stores. That offer will expire next week, after which the pack will cost $59.95.
With titles from Epic, id and Valve on offer, you do not need to see that future of PC gaming is closely tied with the success of Steam, which proved to be quite a brilliant solution for digital distribution, keeping piracy at bay with its content protection, but offering legal backup utility at the same time.
You can check this offer over at www.steampowered.com. But seeing Gabe Newell, Tim Sweeney and John Carmack under one roof... who could have thought that would ever happen?