20 Years Ago Steam Was Officially Revealed

Lolozaur

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I joined Steam in 2011

Same here but in autumn; had no interest in buying games then, just made an account because there was a big leak of steam keys for different games around then like DIRT3, Dead Island or Batman Arkham City.
 

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Does anyone know if purchase history goes back "forever"? If so, apparently I didn't buy a Steam game actually using the platform (i.e. after Half Life 2 installed it), until August 2008, more than 3.5 years later. I must've stuck to boxes (or dial up!) for longer than I thought.

Edit: Ah, of course. You have to go to the activations list to get boxed or 3rd-party purchases. So, I didn't purchase directly via Steam until August 2008, but over several years I bought physical boxes or keys that required Steam (listed as "Complimentary"). My first purchase directly through Steam was something called Bullet Candy? Must've been a drunk impulse buy.

13 Sep, 2008 Multiwinia + Darwinia Steam Store
9 Aug, 2008 Bullet Candy Steam Store
6 Oct, 2007 The Orange Box Complimentary
17 Aug, 2007 Bioshock Complimentary
10 Jul, 2007 Nexus - The Jupiter Incident Complimentary
24 Jun, 2007 Hitman Collection Complimentary
19 Jun, 2007 Free Race Caterham Expansion Complimentary
13 Apr, 2007 Race - The WTCC Game Complimentary
18 Feb, 2007 Jade Empire (ROW) Complimentary
4 Feb, 2007 FlatOut Complimentary
16 Jan, 2007 Psychonauts Complimentary
3 Dec, 2006 Dark Messiah of Might and Magic (WR) Complimentary
20 Sep, 2006 Defcon Complimentary
4 May, 2006 Half-Life 2: Episode One Complimentary
20 Apr, 2006 Sin Episode 1 Complimentary
19 Feb, 2006 Day of Defeat: Source Complimentary
17 Feb, 2006 Space Empires IV Deluxe Complimentary
17 Nov, 2004 Half-Life 2 Retail Collectors Complimentary
 
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(…) My first purchase directly through Steam was something called Bullet Candy? Must've been a drunk impulse buy

Ha, and I was here, worried about my purchase of E.Y.E. Divine Cybermancy pictured earlier :p
 
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Does anyone know if purchase history goes back "forever"?

There's more on the activation list as you said (HL2 was the first one here, followed by Episode One and the Orange Box, all complimentary). :)

I thought I'd bought other games on Steam between that and 2010 though, perhaps it wasn't on Steam after all.
 

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Ah ha, I think there's a better place to look! If you go under Steam Support / Data Related to Your Steam Account / Licenses, then you can see your games. I'm not sure if it's listing when you bought the game or when you first ran it.

It's listing Dark Messiah of Might & Magic as my second game, though, from 2006. My first was Half-Life 2 Retail Standard in 2004?? Sure enough! The last modified dates on my Half Life 2 screenshots are November 2004! Both HL2 and DMM&M are showing up as 'complimentary' - did I somehow get those for free!?

Edit: @Shagnak; has the same thing. They must not have been tracking and just defaulted the transactions to free versions.
 

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@Zloth; Thanks for pointing that out. I was about to ask if anyone knew where to find that information.

My first game listed is Half-Life 2 Retail Collectors on Nov 16, 2004. My second game is Half-Life Platinum Pack on Feb 12, 2006.

My first direct purchase from Steam was apparently Oblivion GotY Edition in July 2011.

What's crazy is that from 2004 to 2011 I only had 7 games. I now have 740
 

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Yeah, I also have half-life as unlisted and Dark Messsiah's -

HL games 2004, 2006, and Dark Messiah 2007, listed as compliementary. The first Steam platform purchase seems to have been a (repurchase?) of Kotor in 2010. Still have boxes so I must have bougt it again. *kching!*

I was incensed at the time, now its "Hm? New platform to play a game? Next!". I don't use most features of Steam, Origin etc. These are just places to access my games from.
 

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My first game on Steam: Galactic Civilizations II. 10 Dec, 2011

I distinctly remember boycotting Half-Life 2 because it was Steam-only.


What's crazy is that from 2004 to 2011 I only had 7 games. I now have 740
If that's not enough, try linking different stores in the GOG client (you can link Steam, uplay, Epic, XBox live, etc.). I did that and was surprised about some of the games I actually own in other stores that I completely forgot about as they weren't displayed in the Steam client. I now use GOG Galaxy as a launcher for all of my games. This also helps with purchase decisions because I don't really want to buy the same game twice.
 

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No one is interested probably, but this is my list (values in GBP):

  • 17-Jan-09 The Best of TiltedMill 29.99
  • 01-Mar-09 Counter-Strike: Source 13.99
  • 17-Jul-12 SEGA Hit Collection (ROW) 34.99
  • 14-Jul-13 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 8.03
  • 06-Oct-13 Tropico 4 Collector's Bundle 29.99
  • 21-Dec-13 Dishonored GOTY 10.19
  • 11-Apr-14 Railroad Tycoon 3 5.99
  • 12-Apr-14 Age of Wonders III 29.99
  • 24-Apr-14 Europa Universalis IV 34.99
  • 04-Jun-14 Crusader Kings II Collection 26.66
  • 04-Jun-14 Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham 5.99
  • 12-Jun-14 Football Manager 2014 8.75
  • 12-Jul-14 The Age of Decadence 18.99
  • 25-Jul-14 The Age of Decadence 18.99
  • 02-Aug-14 Victoria Collection (July 2013) 34.99
  • 16-Aug-14 Airline Tycoon 2: Gold 6.79
  • 17-Aug-14 XCOM: Complete 24.99
  • 25-Aug-14 Unrest 9.99
  • 26-Aug-14 Mount and Blade: Warband 14.99
  • 20-Sep-14 Endless Legend - Founder Pack 29.99
  • 20-Sep-14 Risen 1.59
  • 11-Oct-14 Age of Empires II HD + The Forgotten Expansion 22.99
  • 18-Oct-14 Lords of Xulima 12.99
  • 25-Oct-14 Jagged Alliance Flashback Steam Store and Retail Key 19.99
  • 22-Nov-14 Rollers of the Realm 6.99
  • 28-Nov-14 Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut (ROW) 10.03
  • 05-Dec-14 Democracy 3 30.96
  • 20-Dec-14 Valkyria Chronicles™ 11.24
  • 05-Jan-15 Dungeon of the Endless™ - Pixel Edition 9.99
  • 05-Feb-15 Darkest Dungeon 14.99
  • 06-Feb-15 SUNLESS SEA 12.59
  • 08-Feb-15 Europa Universalis IV - Digital Extreme Edition Upgrade Pack 31.97
  • 22-Feb-15 Hand Of Fate 15.19
  • 26-Feb-15 Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations 2.98
  • 27-Feb-15 Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado 10.99
  • 04-Mar-15 AERENA - Masters Edition 9.99
  • 06-Mar-15 South Park: The Stick of Truth 23.99
  • 26-Apr-15 Highlands 9.34
  • 12-May-15 Battle Brothers 14.99
  • 22-May-15 Shadowrun Returns 5.48
  • 04-Jun-15 Telepath Tactics 10.99
  • 21-Jul-15 Fallout 3 - Game of the Year 14.99
  • 05-Sep-15 President for a day: Floodings 1.99
  • 10-Sep-15 DARK SOULS™ II: Scholar of the First Sin 14.99
  • 29-Sep-15 DARK SOULS™ II: Scholar of the First Sin 14.99
  • 01-Oct-15 Crusader Kings II: Charlemagne 16.58
  • 05-Nov-15 Reverse Crawl 4.79
  • 26-Nov-15 Sid Meier's Civilization V: Complete 8.74
  • 28-Nov-15 Talisman Digital Edition 3.29
  • 29-Nov-15 Small World 2 Complete pack 11.99
  • 30-Nov-15 Thea: The Awakening 11.99
  • 26-Dec-15 Templar Battleforce 4.89
  • 27-Dec-15 Clandestine Launch 14.99
  • 28-Dec-15 Aviary Attorney 9.34
  • 04-Jan-16 Mass Effect Collection 5.74
  • 11-Jan-16 Punch Club 6.99
  • 13-Jan-16 Tharsis 7.25
  • 28-Feb-16 Age Of Gladiators 6.99
  • 29-Feb-16 Age Of Gladiators 6.99
  • 02-Mar-16 Overfall 6.99
  • 06-Mar-16 The Talos Principle 7.49
  • 12-Mar-16 Life is Strange Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) 15.99
  • 13-Mar-16 The Dwarf Run 5.99
  • 23-Mar-16 The Banner Saga 2 13.49
  • 29-Apr-16 The Deed 0.24
  • 09-Jun-16 Football Manager 2016 11.89
  • 30-Jul-16 The Great Whale Road 10.99
  • 31-Jul-16 Crusader Kings II: Conclave 21.98
  • 14-Oct-16 Risen 2 10.64
  • 04-Nov-16 Dungeon Rats 5.39
  • 11-Nov-16 Dungeon Rats 5.99
  • 18-Dec-16 Offworld Trading Company - Real Mars Map Pack DLC 24.84
  • 23-Dec-16 The Age of Decadence 5.74
  • 24-Dec-16 Sid Meier's Civilization VI 44.99
  • 18-Mar-17 XCOM 2: Reinforcement Pack 10.71
  • 27-Apr-17 Expeditions: Viking 22.49
  • 05-Mar-18 Slay the Spire 11.99
  • 12-Mar-18 Into the Breach 11.39
  • 23-Mar-18 Ash of Gods: Redemption 19.49
  • 28-Jul-18 The Banner Saga 3: Standard Edition 18.74
  • 01-Aug-18 This Is the Police 2 12.59
  • 01-Dec-18 Battle Brothers - Beasts & Exploration 8.99
  • 20-Dec-18 The Council - Complete Season 22.98
  • 11-May-19 Battle Brothers - Warriors of the North 7.99
  • 19-May-19 Dead State 18.73
  • 21-May-19 Refund 14.99
  • 27-Jul-19 Thea 2: The Shattering 15.99
  • 30-Jul-19 Underrail 14.38
  • 26-Aug-19 Shortest Trip to Earth 19.99
  • 09-Oct-19 ATOM: RPG 10.99
  • 15-Oct-19 Disco Elysium - The Final Cut 34.99
  • 28-Nov-19 BATTLETECH Flashpoint 25.7
  • 10-Feb-20 King's Bounty: Collector's Pack 19.99
  • 31-Mar-20 Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord 31.99
  • 26-Apr-20 XCOM: Chimera Squad 8.49
  • 13-Aug-20 Battle Brothers - Blazing Deserts 12.99
  • 07-Oct-20 Baldur's Gate 3 49.99
  • 20-Oct-20 Fort Triumph 12.66
  • 08-Nov-20 Phantom Doctrine Post-Launch 4.65
  • 10-Nov-20 Phantom Doctrine Post-Launch 4.65
  • 28-Dec-20 Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark 16.39
  • 23-Jan-21 Among Us 3.99
  • 18-Feb-21 Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition 12.48
  • 15-Mar-21 Age of Fear 10.29
  • 21-Mar-21 Curious Expedition 2 14.44
  • 06-Apr-21 Colony Ship: A Post-Earth Role Playing Game 17.54
  • 28-Apr-21 Crusader Kings III Royal Edition Launch 57.99
  • 02-May-21 Tainted Grail: Conquest 12.39
  • 06-May-21 Warpips 7.99
  • 22-Jun-21 Football Manager 2021 19.99
  • 08-Aug-21 Yes, Your Grace 10.06
  • 21-Oct-21 Gloomhaven 27.79
  • 11-Dec-21 Wildermyth 19.49
  • 01-Jan-22 TROUBLESHOOTER: Abandoned Children 13.39
  • 28-Jan-22 The Outer Worlds 31.09
  • 13-Feb-22 Football Manager 2022 39.99
  • 01-Mar-22 ELEX II 38.99
 
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