More importantly if playing a game with STEAM can you deactivate or somehow shut it off if you aren't an online gamer?
RoaringFlameLostinShadow RoaringFlameLostinShadow 31-35, M 2 Answers Jul 4, 2012

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Steam is a free program that you can download.

You can download games off their store (usually pretty cheap)... Add friends, check up with what games they have and their achievements.... Instant message them via Steam and also free voice chat.

It just keeps you and your friends connected. No negatives if you ask me.

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It is basically like Xbox Live. I don't think it enhances performance or anything like that. It is a digital store and it has some great sales. I don't believe you can turn it off either

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You can change your profile status to invisible so you can't be disturbed by friends and stuff.... Steam will run in the background and shouldn't make anything run slower.

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Ah, ok. Didn't know you could do that. Although don't notifications still pop up?

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So in other worlds, if you are not an online gamer - no need for STEAM?

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It is great for deals and for managing the games you own (in digital format, of course).

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