Originally Posted by Bboy500
If you have a problem that steam can deactivate your account, you also have a problem with:
^ The list goes on and on. Cant just hate on 1 company for something every company has the power to do. Fight the system not Steam in that case.
Difference being that I can disagree with OCNs T&Cs and not simultaneously lose access to my Blizzard, EA, Adobe, Google, etc software/accounts.
I can disagree with my F1 2012s T&Cs if they ever changed them, without losing access to my Darksiders/TF2/Civilization/Sleeping dogs/Elder Scrolls games.
With Steam DRM type T&Cs, disagreeing with one means losing access to multiple other pieces of property that can count up into the tens/hundreds.
Sure the terms are similar with other companies agreements, but Steam type DRM agreements have much worse possible consequences.
To put it in non digital terms, I could disagree with Best Buy T&Cs but still be able to buy stuff anywhere else I choose. Walmart/Asda/Sainsburys/Amazon/Game, wherever.
Steams T&C is akin to me having an account that I use to buy stuff from the aforementioned stores, but the very minute I have a falling out with Steam, they can come into my house and take away access to all the stuff I have in my house that I bought through them.
Even if you say that with this analogy, I would only hold the license to each item I bought, the reality would be that in Steams case, I don't even own the license to each Item. I only own a singular license to a library. The library itself is what actually owns the license to my items.
So in one case I own a direct license to each item. In the other I own a license to use someone else's license...to use my item.... Not exactly the same situation and nowhere near the same amount of control regarding ownership (or removal of ownership).
The writing may be the same, but the end game scenario when poop hits the fan is a completely different experience for the user, which is why I think they are going after Valve first to set the precedent.Edited by GrizzleBoy - 9/23/12 at 5:10pm