I've seen a lot of Steam hate on some other forums and I'm wondering how many Giant Bombers despise Steam.
Do you refuse to buy games that require Steam?
Why would I? ... I understand there is need for some sort of DRM and Steam is by far the best method out there. At this point my list says I own 136 games on steam. Valve has proven again and again they understand the PC community and besides some minor hickups they always had the best balance between the interests of their users and their publishers in mind.
Add to that that I personaly never had any big problems with steam ... and I don't really understand why anyone would hate it.
I love Steam, while I hate their new game prices, I'll go buy the game cheaper in Gamestop if it will activate on Steam or just wait for their sales. Probably wont buy a game for pc if it's not on Steam and while a lot of people (guy who made Gratuitous Space battles being one of them) will say "boo, steam isn't the only place to buy games, etc" but I don't want to have to install 50 different game update/download clients.
If a game has Steam support I only rejoice :) It's what pulled me into PC gaming tbh. You can get so many games for cheap, as long as you wait for the sales. I think I am also one of the few who likes GFW since it combines achievements with my Xbox gamertag where Steam achievements don't really matter to me. (Not that I'm that into achievements, but I do enjoy getting some from time to time ^^)
I prefer games on Steam. Goes faster to download and I don't have to listen to my DVD drive spin out of control without resorting to cracks.
If a retail game is compatible, I run out and buy the cheapest one available and input the serial key to Steam and don't touch the retail box ever again.
I like Steam. I also like getting disc-based games on steam. If the servers ever go down, then it will be much easier to get a universal hack for all steam games (or, more likely, valve will release one themselves) than it would be if those games all had individual DRM schemes.
Its also nice to be able to download things instead of having to install them.
Long story short, no, but if I'm paying full retail price for a game, I'm going to expect a box, a manual, the game on a disc or two, and no bullshit that'll prevent me from using the software I've paid for on another computer, should I reinstall it in the future (up yours, Halo 2 for Vista). I'd much rather have a hard copy because I like getting something tangible for my money, and also, what are we going to do when Steam closes?
That being said, Steam has insane fucking deals, so I don't mind dropping a tenner during sales now and then.
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