"It's only a rip off if you use it. Money talks.If you had bought the Retail Version Of Dawn of War 2 you could have used the Cd-Key to register it with Steam.. as its a Steam game anyway.. game installed Steam on your system ( and Games for Windows Live ) so basically it functions like a valve game.I took a $9 hit on Dawn of War 2 (Australian Currency rate) and I did so because I rather have a download service than a physical CD, when my wife and I moved to the other side of the country I have slowly lost my WarCraft 3 cd-keys, my NWN2 install discs, the third Baldur's Gate 2 disc... the list goes on and on, I took the $9 price tag disadvantage for this fact. I know that should my wife and I sell up and move to another suburb/city/state/country I'll have all my Steam purchases right there.Prices are also not designated by Valve, they're at the publisher's price point.Regional lock outs are just a fact of any consumer environment. I could never get the Pretender series on DVD because it was never released on Region 4 DVDs, I can't find a good store anywhere that sells Hong Kong TVB shows with English subtitles yet if I go to Hong Kong itself I can. I also can not purchase GTA: Vice City on Steam due to regional lock outs, doesn't bother me, it's just the nature of things, and I know I could grab it cheaper in a store these days anyway.The mere fact that there are people upset; the reasons for being upset; can't get it in my country, it is more expensive than in the store, there are DRM shit; and yet still attempt to purchase the product via Steam is proof of concept that Steam is a successful platform, which is a good thing. We're dealing with a new and exploding platform with which to purchase and enjoy PC games. It is however, not Steam's fault that you can't get a purchase in your country, nor is it their fault it is more expensive; really should go contact the publishers in that regard."
I basically buy all my games retail.. its just way cheaper
Like I have mentioned before the idea of Steam is great, only the prices and release dates for outside of the US are Bullshit.
Recent Example: Mass Effect here on Steam is 45 Euros , for your Americans that's 56 to 58 Dollars US
This is something I can get for 15 Euros in the Shop ( that's 18 to 20 Dollars US )