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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Steam Blown Away

Amongst those one million people suffering the effects of an energy failure are Valve's Steam servers. Remember the wild speculation of naysayers when Steam first went live? People said that so long as Valve maintained a single, central server, there would be a risk that one day the system may go down and thus all Steam-dependent games could become unplayable. The prophesied day is upon us. High winds in Seattle have forced the local energy authorities to cut off the juice, leaving many Steam users unable to touch their legitimately purchased game software.

Valve should have foreseen a failure of this type and built in a system of redundancy. Instead, it is their customers that foot the bill.

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