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    A digital distribution service owned by Valve Corporation. Originally created to distribute Valve's own games, Steam has since become the de facto standard for digital distribution of PC games.

    Do you refuse to buy games that require Steam?

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    Gargantuan

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    #1  Edited By Gargantuan
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    #2  Edited By Gargantuan

    I've seen a lot of Steam hate on some other forums and I'm wondering how many Giant Bombers despise Steam.

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    #3  Edited By TaliciaDragonsong

    They won't be my first choice, but as long as something doesn't require me to be online 24/7 then I don't have problems with it, Steams a rather fun medium anyway.

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    #4  Edited By MattyFTM  Moderator

    No, I love steam. If a retail game activates on steam, that would probably encourage me to buy it.

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    TheSeductiveMoose

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    #5  Edited By TheSeductiveMoose

    Nah.

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    #6  Edited By 2HeadedNinja

    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.

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    MooseyMcMan

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    #7  Edited By MooseyMcMan

    PC games? What is this, the 90s? (Ignore Steam not existing then; that's beside the point). 

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    #8  Edited By NekuSakuraba
    @MattyFTM said:
    " No, I love steam. If a retail game activates on steam, that would probably encourage me to buy it. "
    This, I prefer my games on Steam.
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    Chris2KLee

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    #9  Edited By Chris2KLee

    Nope, I got a few games that require Steam, never had a problem with it.

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    #10  Edited By AlexW00d
    @MattyFTM said:
    " No, I love steam. If a retail game activates on steam, that would probably encourage me to buy it. "
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    #11  Edited By MysteriousBob

    People hate Steam now? Thats new to me. Gamers are so fickle. So what brought this new 'cool' anti-steam movement?

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    #12  Edited By finstern

    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.

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    Daveyo520

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    #13  Edited By Daveyo520

    No, and I buy them FROM Steam. Steam is great. It may be DRM but it is good DRM.

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    #14  Edited By beej
    @MysteriousBob: I think it was actually an old movement, back when Steam wasn't an incredibly slick digital distribution platform and was mostly just a piece of DRM for counter strike. Now that steam has proven itself I don't really see steam hate. 
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    KarlPilkington

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    #15  Edited By KarlPilkington
    @MattyFTM said:
    " No, I love steam. If a retail game activates on steam, that would probably encourage me to buy it. "
    I agree, it is a really good service, has good deals and is easy to use.
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    #16  Edited By ZimboDK

    God no. Back when Steam was new it was pretty terrible, but it has improved so much over the years. I vastly prefer it to any other digital distribution platforms.

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    #17  Edited By sameeeeam

    No. Steam is great.

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    #18  Edited By gike987

    No, the only games I don't buy from steam are old games that I can buy from GOG.com (no DRM at all).

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    #19  Edited By Lunar_Aura

    Steam is DRM done right when publishers cooperate with it and don't run out of CD KEYS, activation limits, or other silly unnecessary nonsense like that. I don't refuse to buy games requiring Steam granted they can be played offline.
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    MEATBALL

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    #20  Edited By MEATBALL

    Most of the PC games I buy are from Steam.

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    #21  Edited By Sayishere

    I only ever buy games on steam is when they have the sales :D 
     
    im not a huge pc gamer anymore, but if a PC exclusive gets released that im interested in, ill buy it.

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    #22  Edited By JoyfullOFrockets

    People used to hate to steam but nowadays it's really hard to find someone who does. I mean, I can't even name anything wrong with it aside with some extremely minor bugs from time to time.

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    #23  Edited By Kohe321

    Steam is such an awesome social platform in addition to all the game stuff, so why would I not want that?

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    #24  Edited By CaptainObvious

    Steam is fucking awesome.

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    @CaptainObvious said:
    " Steam is fucking awesome. "
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    #26  Edited By Regal

    I won't buy a PC game if it isn't on steam.

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    #27  Edited By PepeSilvia

    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 ^^)

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    #28  Edited By Bollard
    @MattyFTM said:
    " No, I love steam. If a retail game activates on steam, that would probably encourage me to buy it. "
    Exactly what I would say. And getting disc copies of Steam games is great cause then you don't have to wait for any downloads.
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    #29  Edited By Dimsey

    Practically all PC games I buy are from Steam now.

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    #30  Edited By EnchantedEcho
    @MattyFTM said:
    " No, I love steam. If a retail game activates on steam, that would probably encourage me to buy it. "
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    #31  Edited By Vodun

    I buy everything I can on Steam. I only get console exclusives outside of it.

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    #32  Edited By DeviantJoker
    @JEC03 said:
    " @CaptainObvious said:
    " Steam is fucking awesome. "
    "
    @EnchantedEcho said:
    " @MattyFTM said:
    " No, I love steam. If a retail game activates on steam, that would probably encourage me to buy it. "
    "
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    #33  Edited By BeachThunder

    I'm pretty much the opposite of that o_o

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    #34  Edited By Mihos

    I would go as far as saying I won't buy a PC game if it doesn't have Steam support.

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    #35  Edited By Dingofighter

    I've never had any issues with Steam, so I don't mind it when a game requires it.

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    #36  Edited By KarlPilkington

    Looks like someone didn't expect this response.

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    #37  Edited By FlyingRat

    No.... Why would you do that? That seems silly....
    As many people have said, Steam is great.

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    #38  Edited By rb_man
    @MattyFTM said:
    " No, I love steam. If a retail game activates on steam, that would probably encourage me to buy it. "
    Same
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    Lol @ the results. 
     
    I hated Steam back in, like, '05, when it was a genuine pain. Bar the slightly antiquated community pages, Steam is absolutely stellar now. 
     
    The horror, the horror; I embrace it.

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    #40  Edited By PhatSeeJay

    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.

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    #41  Edited By penguindust

    Most of the games I get are off Steam although occasionally, I'll pick up a retail copy of something because it's easier to mod.  Most modders seem to have Steam work-arounds or design their mods to work with Steam.  

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    #42  Edited By gamer_152  Moderator

    Not at all, I love Steam.

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    #43  Edited By nintendoeats

    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.

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    #44  Edited By Eidderf

    I get basically all my PC game purchases off steam, never had any problems with it.

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    YUP, HATE that shit. ALSO THIS is 2004, RIGHT?

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    #46  Edited By Danbo

    I prefer buying games through Steam for some reason.

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    #47  Edited By 1337W422102

    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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    #48  Edited By unchained

    I love steam. I've bought retail games and then re-purchased them on steam simply because I want them on steam (This is for those titles that come with some fancy pre-order retail-only in-game thing). 
     
    Steam is awesome.  

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    #49  Edited By zidd

    I buy all of my pc games from steam anyway so why does it even matter if its required,

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    #50  Edited By JJWeatherman

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    Most one-sided poll in Giant Bomb history, I think. 
     
    I love Steam. It's weird too, because I really don't like digital downloads of games in any other format. I'll pretty much never buy from Games On Demand for example.

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