I was about to write bestdigital distributor, but I remembered GOG.com and relegated Steam to biggest. It certainly is one of the better modern game digital distributors, of course, what with Valve games being there and nowhere else.
So, getting back to the topic, Steam has uncorked the finely beta-aged wine of Steam Trading and allowed all Steam users access to its digital trading feature. Steam Trading is, very simply, a digital trading service built atop the Steam client that allows users to trade Team Fortress 2, Spiral Knights and Steam Gifts with one another. Valve have also said that trading of items from Portal 2 will soon be open. Steam Gifts can be traded for other games or TF2 and Spiral Knights items as long as you have not opened the gift:-
Any game you’ve purchased from the store as a gift, or received as an Extra Copy, can be traded to other users. They can be used to trade for other Gifts, or for items in Team Fortress 2 or Spiral Knights
This is quite a lovely step up by Steam and is a boon for many online game trading forums that relied on trust instead of a portal like this for their trading. Of course, you could also stock up a sizable collection of hats from Team Fortress 2 , but that is completely up to you.
Team Fortress 2, one of the most actively played multiplayer game received an even bigger boost following Valve’s announcement to make Team Fortress 2 free – forever. Released as part of the Ãœber update, Valve has made it clear that Team Fortress 2 will henceforth be free to download and play.
In addition to the free to play piece, the Ãœber update brings in a new map, redesigned crafting and training screens and a one-click start to play option. This will let you jump directly into a game after selection of the gameplay mode. The player will be pitted against random opponents into the best available server.
If you’re like me who had spent $50 and purchased the retail edition who might be grumbling against the game being free to play – it’s worth noting that your premium account will have access to rare items by means of item drops. Premium players will also be able to store more items in the backpack, and will have access to more powerful trading and crafting abilities as compared to the free account.
Having said that, credit must be given to Valve for keeping Team Fortress 2 actively updated. To give you a bit of perspective, Team Fortress 2 was released way back in October 2007 after several delays and significant changes in art direction.
In an age where most developers are pushing out half complete games and then demanding additional moolah for “unlocking” “premium” content – Valve has always been prompt in keeping Team Fortress 2 updated with fresh content, maps and gamestyles – all for free.
So Team Fortress 2 fans who have been holding back on getting it because of lack of funds – your time has come. Go download it from Steam. Get ready for some fryin’.