The Steam Community Now Live

After a brief delay, Valve has opened up the beta for The Steam Community, its online Steam-integrated social and gaming service.

To take part in the beta, go to the Settings screen from the File menu while logged into Steam, and click the "Change..." button in the "Beta participation" area. Restarting Steam will enable the new Community tab, from which you may manage your profile, friends list, events, and groups. My current Steam Rating is "0 - Teh Suck."

Viewing friends' profiles or group profiles allows you to monitor the gaming activity of friends or group members, as well as participate in text and voice chat rooms. Non-Steam games can be added to the Steam list from the Games menu. If a friend is playing a game, you can launch that game through a context-sensitive menu or, apparently, join that friend's game if applicable.

Shackers looking to link up with like-minded anonymous internet weirdos should post in this chatty thread to secure an invitation to the Shacknews group.

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    August 6, 2007 5:40 PM

    Got Xfire?

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      August 6, 2007 5:53 PM

      so far i like it way more than xfire. plus now you don't have to run both.
      xfire of course has more game compatability, but this is hot shit.

      does valve plan on getting this to work like xfire? so you can join non-steam games your friends are playing through steam?

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        August 6, 2007 6:11 PM

        Yeah.. I like it better than xfire mainly because the games I play the most are on Steam. It makes more sense this way.

        Does it tell people what I'm playing if I import a game? I imported Company of Heroes.. just curious if it says that when I'm playing it.

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          August 6, 2007 6:12 PM

          doesn't look like it. just says you are online.

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            August 6, 2007 11:35 PM

            Boo-urns. That's disappointing if it doesn't track the imported ones.

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              August 7, 2007 1:31 PM

              Now I'm more tempted to buy the id pack, just so it will recognize when I'm playing Quake.

              What's wrong with meeee?

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      August 6, 2007 8:17 PM

      Xfire can sometimes cause connection issues with Steam unfortunately.

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        August 7, 2007 5:38 PM

        that's strange, i'm glad i've never experienced them. Somehow i won't be surprised if they atart happening now that steam is attempting to conmpete however :)

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