Whites Oct 6, 2013 @ 8:31pm
Steam Games Vs Non Steam Games
i know there are many differences what are some?
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ONe_mOMENT Oct 6, 2013 @ 9:05pm 
There aren't actual any differences between the games them selves. The main difference that is consistent is that a game bought through steam will track hours where a non steam game won't.

Now that's not the only difference, but as I said, its the only consitant difference. On a game by game basis you can check to see if it offers cloud saves and workshop integration etc.

An example:

Trackmania 2: stadium

If you bought it and added it as non steam game you can:-
-Use the overlay and your friends list and what not.

If you bought it on steam you additionally get:
-you get a link on the overly to the steam discussion forums and user made guides
-your hours are tracked on your steam profile
-you get access to workshop

Now, nothing you can do in a steam versions of a game can't be done through a version not bought through steam. Using track mania again, you can still use mods, can still play on every server etc.
Last edited by ONe_mOMENT; Oct 6, 2013 @ 9:06pm
Kargor Oct 6, 2013 @ 11:13pm 
Sometimes (rarely though) the Steam version actually says "Steam edition" or something similar, because they added a little bonus..

Other than that, it's just the Steam integration. Even if it doesn't actively do anything (such as Achievements or using Steam for multiplayer matchmaking) you still get automatic updates -- if there are still updates for the game in question, of course. In addition, Steam games never require the DVD to be present when playing :-)
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