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Short Thought: Why does Steam update so often?

Short Thought: Why does Steam update so often?

Look, I get that Steam is a constantly evolving platform that has to service and provide A LOT of games, but does it really need to update so regularly? For the past couple of years I’ve noticed that well over half of the time I load it up there’s an update ready to go. Sure, they don’t usually last more than a minute, but what are they actually doing? I can’t think of any recent significant changes to the Steam UI, so it must all be under the bonnet. Even then, does the platform really need so many changes? Is there some sort of secret complexity to Steam that I just can’t understand?

Maybe it’s the beginnings of Valve’s plans to take over the globe (that exists, right?). Each update instills a little more control over your PC until eventually it becomes nothing but a tool for Valve’s robot death army. A feast of information for those mecha-bots to fuel up with on their path to human extinction. I guess it could also just be stability and bug fixes... but I much prefer my original theory.

Maybe I should stop the updates. Can I do that?

OK, just tried to load up Steam and it didn’t try to update. Maybe the robopocalypse is coming. Maybe I’m overreacting.

No, that’s what they want us to think. I’m watching you ‘Ryan’s PC...’ If that is your real name.

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Ryan Davies

Ryan Davies

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Budding, growing and morphing games journalist from the South. Known nowhere around the world as infamous wrestler Ryan "The Lion" Davies.

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Kaostic - 06:38pm, 9th June 2015

There's an update log, Ryan. It tells you what is being updated.

Hunkins - 08:02pm, 10th June 2015

Exactly. This article is dumb.

RGDfleet - 05:53pm, 11th June 2015 Author

Still, why does a simple UI need so many updates!? It's the death-rays man, I'm telling you.

Ewok - 07:33pm, 15th June 2015

To be fair, if Ryan had bothered to research the matter it wouldn't have been so much a "short thought", more of a painstakingly researched article (or in this case, no article at all).

I knew what I was getting into when I clicked it :P.

Anyway, those update logs are a smokescreen. Every little update is bringing us one step closer to Half Life 3.

Jeff - 04:24pm, 5th August 2015

Doesnt matter anyway its not like you can stop it lmao

Si - 05:57pm, 3rd August 2016

Daily update is nightmare especialy in low internet connection area!!! Better if they push update weekly or let user choose to update manually instead of blocking the game. Software that is not back competible is dump.