The Steam Community officially launches out of beta

Valve has officially launched The Steam Community after being in a beta testing phase for about a month or so. For those not in the know, The Steam Community (or TSC) offers some nice new additions to the Steam client.

Of course the most important being all the cool new community features - go figure! You can now create groups, join chats with them, even voice chats (with decent quality audio! ) look at gamers profiles and see what games they play, how much they play, what kind of stats they have and all sorts of other cool "community" stuff. Valve is just bringing us all closer together - for the obvious: the day Team Fortress 2 takes over our lives next Monday.

Oh yes, you can also have a custom avatar for yourself on Steam now, and set up "meetings" and other events. It is actually pretty well integrated with the Steam client, and works really well. Especially if you are in a clan, or just a large "community" as it were.

So come on, load up Steam and update. Hey, join the Neowin Community group also!

View: The Steam Community
View: The Neowin Steam Community Page - It's open to the public!

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Yeah I really wish I could figure out how to turn the fade off or that they would just give you the option in Settings to.

IT'S SO ANNOYING AND CAUSES MY SYSTEM TO FREEZE SOMETIMES BEFORE CONTINUING.

And believe me, I have the latest system, video card and everything. I just HATE FADING FEATURES.

I keep getting application errors launching Medieval II or the Kingdoms expansion. Something about "Fault Module: Steam.dll_unloaded" since this update. Anyone else getting similar issues?

They should stop updating their software. Because every time they update, they **** up one or more games. After this update, Steam locked up like solardog said, used up 100% CPU, then favorite server list lost, CSS game menu laggy, CSS itself is laggy too. And why the hell do we need a social networking crap in STEAM? Un-fuking-believable.

Been using the beta since it launched, I quite like it. Nice to have Steam track the game info, saves having to use a third party tool (i.e. Xfire).

Maybe this explains why Steam will not run without locking up on me today. Never had a problem until today. It locked up in all kinds of different ways too. ...motherfn ****ed me off...thought I had it all good about 4 different times. I had to trash it..and that is friggin bogus man. They didnt even give me the option to not have this crap install. A god damned steam chatcrap window popped up without my say so...as far as Im concerned thats Spyware behavior..ASK me FIRST! AHHH I needed to get that out. Wheres that damned flip off smiley! Enough with the f'n social networks already! What the crap is everybody talking about? Shut up and play!