Steam is a method of sale.
It is up to the gamer to decide, do I like this method of sale. Now the detractors need to prove that Steam's owners are not making any money in order to demonstrate why Steam is no good. If making money was all that was important. It seems that is all that is important to some companies. EA being a good example. They couldn't care less about the gamer, you are just a source of cash. You won't see any genuine remorse for that completely buggered Sim City launch. The best you will get is an embarrassed 'oops' and they will go back to taking your money.
What's to stop me burning to disk and selling my Slitherine Group purchases? Nothing, well aside from the risk of a prison cell and the real chance of finding out what same sex relationships feel like.
But I think theft is something that won't be going anywhere any time soon. We humans have been taking each other's stuff since we started using tools.
I don't think pissing off the paying portion of society is an answer.
I don't own the recent version of Combat Mission from a rival publisher. Their concept of DRM is moronic. They can keep their game and I will keep my money. And their nowhere company and their meaningless products can drop dead. And they are not the only publisher I am ok giving the bird to.
If Steam didn't offer some use of some sort to the gamer, the service wouldn't work.
It is required I be able to go online periodically (if I change rigs). Not impossible, but not always perfect either. I have internet, my mother does not. Oh well, I'm supposed to be visiting HER while I'm there
No if a service required me to be always online, well that is hilarious. Only a moron thinks that is a good idea. I have internet outages some days. Some days I just don't wish to be online. Making it so my game won't run otherwise, is a good way to kill a game.
It doesn't take a lot to kill a game.
I LIKED Civilization Revolutions, but the PS3 multiplayer was so buggy/broken the game died before they could fix it. The Nintendo DS release was fine, but the PS3 port killed the title.
I will be genuinely surprised if Sim City is grabbing any interest in 6 months. If it isn't dead by then, then I can fairly call the fans consumer whores and cash cows with no brains.
For a time, I felt having a game on cd was just making it too easy for the pirates. Then I was shown how the Nintendo DS cartridge was in fact the industry's easiest to copy gaming product on the shelf. I suppose there simply is no such thing as real copy protection beyond make a good game, sell it in a way that pleases the fans not the share holders, accept that part of society is going to steal your stuff, move on and get over it, and make as much money in as many useful ways as possible, and stop pretending the impossible is doable.
The only reason I support Steam as an option, is enough gamers use it to make it a viable source of cash if it is allowed to.
I support Slitherine Group making money. Why not eh, if they die as a company, I don't get squat.
I don't support being unable to get the game in my preferred fashion, I only support Slitherine Group exploiting all the variables, all the options.
Some people mention 'but they are a company' as if saying something like water is wet is any manner of revelation to anyone here. Heck if you can read a post, you have to have enough brains to know that
If something were to actually happen to Steam tomorrow, there are going to be a lot of gamers that will be a combination of pissed off and suddenly wiser about what is and what is not ideal about Steam. It's ideal I can play a game from any machine anywhere and install it without needing a copy present. Ideal as long as I have internet.
I like to think being able to carry my entire catalogue of Slitherine Group installers and serials on a single device with me is superior. They make flash drives now able to hold immense sums of data. I don't think every wargame I own exceeds a 16 gig flash drive. And they make 32 gig flash drives anyway. A lighter is bigger than a flash drive eh. I can dump the data, and renew the folders files as often as I want with those things. People spending 10 bucks to get a hard copy mailed to them, likely are not clever enough to be a decent enough level of opponent to my way of seeing it. Not only is it not rocket science, I think cooking dinner takes more work.
No amount of capital makes a company incapable of outright stupid choices either. Stupid is stupid regardless. I don't think just because Sony is filthy rich, means everything they do is brilliant. And I could talk all day about the folly that is Hollywood. I'm only using Windows 8 because I got it on sale for a lousy 16 bucks thanks to marketing at MS being inept. Sure 16 bucks, why not. 200 bucks? not likely pal
To succeed in business, you need to actually be good at it too. To be liked, you need to earn it. No amount of money can buy a good reputation.
I have for instance, zero respect for EA.