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Steam is certainly the most popular PC gaming digital distribution platform, though there are some competitors. But even though Steam is known for games, did you know that there’s more than meets the eye available on the Steam Store?
Indeed, there’s an entire section dedicated to software that you can buy on Steam. Visit the Software page to check it out. Like games, Steam will show you some recommendations here if you’re logged in. Even without your account, though, you can browse the latest releases and what’s popular.
Unsurprisingly, you’ll find lots of game-related software offered on Steam. Video editors, tools that let you make your own games, and art tools that let you create game assets. Categories include Game Development, Photo Editing, Education, and even Web Publishing.
Some highlights include:
- RPG Maker MV: Lets you create your own role-playing game.
- Aseprite: Pixel art creator that helps you make animations.
- Rytmik Ultimate: Music editor that allows you to mix tracks for a game or just for fun.
This won’t be for everyone, of course. You might prefer to keep only games your Steam library and worry about software elsewhere. Plus, some object to Steam’s DRM when you can buy the software elsewhere free of restrictions. But it’s worth a browse if you have a Steam gift card that you don’t know what to do with, or want to dip your toe into making your own games.
Remember that Early Access software may contain bugs as it’s not finished. Also, we’re not sure why Steam even offers them, but don’t buy junk “PC cleaning” programs like this:
If you add lots of software to your Steam library, make sure you know how to keep it organized!
Have you ever purchased software from Steam? What tools caught your eye? Tell us in the comments!
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