Austin, thank you -- this summary is perfect; what I've always wanted from a Nintendo Direct. I usually like to watch them if I know there's something interesting, but this wasn't one of them, so your bullet points helped a lot. Thanks!
This ravenous brand loyalty to Steam will never not confuse/kinda gross the shit out of me. It's a fucking store, it's not that damn important.
I understand your reaction -- I know what you mean -- but consider that Steam is also an ecosystem, much like PSN or Xbox Live, but with a lot more stuff. From an outside perspective, the list of reasons it's important to me that I included below may make me seem like some kind of fan boy, but understand that Steam really is the only unifying community for PC gaming; nobody else really takes it as seriously. It's not just a store -- Origin and UPlay are stores. Steam is an ecosystem.
It houses my entire (all digital) game library (meticulously categorized) -- as of now, 624 games, 691 DLC.
inventory (*hundreds* of items; cards, games, artwork, in-game stuff, etc.)
Connects me to my social list of friends (who I also have meticulously categorized, with nicknames so I can remember individual people and how I met them, making it a meaningful friends list, even for acquaintances)
...and has a bunch of other ancillary features, like:
Support for my music library, which I can control from within any game, without alt-tab or leaving the game
Groups, to find and participate in communities surrounding games I enjoy, allowing for scheduled events and dedicated forums to help organize play
Hubs dedicated to each game that includes forums, community screenshots, artwork, videos, news, announcements, guides, reviews and other information related to any given game -- many indie developers (esp. Early Access games) use some of these features as a lifeline to stay in communication with fans for feedback and progress.
In-game overlay, so I can access all of the aforementioned features without leaving the game (which includes a web browser so I can look really anything up)
Steam trading cards, which allow me to craft badges and "level-up" my profile, which grants me little bonuses, like extra showcases on my profile, emoticons I can use in chat, background artwork for my profile page, not to mention a clever way to interest people in game concept art.
Big Picture Mode, so I can easily run Steam and play games away from my desk, in a lounge chair in front of the plasma TV in my gaming room with a wireless controller, and get all of the same aforementioned features with a UI designed for a 10-foot view.
That list is not complete either. Steam has a lot of features, and so many of them are important to me, how I game, how I communicate with friends, and how I maintain my gaming identity. Origin and UPlay can't compete on any level near what Steam offers as simply fringe benefits just for being on the service. It's honestly staggering to me how much of an ecosystem they've built.
The bottom line is: I don't want to restart my identity, I don't want to maintain separate friends lists, and I don't want to track separate libraries of games -- I want it in one place. ...and regardless of what people may feel about Steam, it's the only option for someone that wants a PC gaming ecosystem, and Valve does an amazing job with it.
I hope that helps you understand why news like this is really important to some people, and detrimental to PC gaming as a whole -- nobody in this scenario wins: not Ubisoft, not Valve, and definitely not the consumer.
I lost my mother suddenly in 2006. In the years since, it never did get any "easier" to deal with, really -- just a bit less prevalent. I think that's okay though, because I would never want to forget her, and getting "easier" to deal with would probably just mean I've forgotten something. So, I cry suddenly sometimes when I think about her, even eight years later, and there's something about it that makes me feel like I'm reconnecting with her -- it's quite nice. Hang in there, Jeff.