Steam’s Reliability Problem

For those of you who aren’t aware of its existence, there’s a website called Is Steam Down? It’s exactly what its title says: it answers whether or not Valve’s highly popular Steam service is up and running, or if it’s currently down. It’s a pretty useful tool, especially if you’re not sure if you’re having Internet issues, or if there are troubles on Valve’s end.

But there’s a problem. As useful as this tool is, I’m not glad it exists. I don’t mean to say that the tool is not a good resource for verifying Steam’s status. Rather, I mean that Is Steam Down? shouldn’t need to exist. The fact that it does shows that Steam has a long way to go before PC gamers can fully trust it. Continue reading “Steam’s Reliability Problem”