Originally Posted by Shrak
This. It wasn't the first, but it was the first to get as big as it is.
That said, DRM isn't going anywhere as long as piracy is around and on the rise. Companies want to protect their IP, and unfortunately that comes in the form of semi-intrusive digital distribution services.
Although I have no complaints about Steam. I do have complaints about others though.
I don't think DRM will ever leave with digital distribution. You really can't release a digital version of a game and expect people to not pirate it. With the invention of the torrent, it becomes less of a no-brainer. Without the DRM, what stops me from sharing my entire game library? I expect you to know this, just expanding on the fact that piracy and DRM are related. People will always take the easiest route, point and click torrents are pretty easy.
Also, like I said, it's not like Valve pushes their intrusive side of DRM. They just make sure it's their to ensure accounts don't play games for free, would be a very poor design if I could just take the downloaded files from a friend and pop them in my Steam folder. Create a custom link to the .exe and the game thinks steam is running due to me being signed in. Very poor, so they have to do something. It's the basics for any account management and a service, you need to know the people who are running X services on their account are doing so legitimately. If they didn't do that, what's the point of even paying for the service when it is free? None.
Originally Posted by pewter77
This will be very nice, buy the game once, play on TV or on your PC. Opens possibilities for local multiplayer with friends. Also it could just download straight from your computer the files that it needs if possible (though thinking this might be unlikely unless the game is setup in a way where the assets are in one place and the then it could download the presumably linux files for execution etc). Hope they don't go the OnLive route or anything like that, I would end up passing it over. Also hoping that it has great features in terms of being able to stream video and such because xbox 360 and ps3 seem to have abysmal decoding for some files that end up having to be trans-coded. They could also implement support for any controller out there and say use what you want, if its usb and can be mapped, go wild. Use the xbox 360 controller (imo the best console controller out there). This is if they decide to implement this as a computer that runs on the TV and microsoft doesn't come after them. Not sure how that would go down and hopefully Microsoft has no legal standing since using their controllers on a PC is one of the main things that was thought of.
Linux as a core is more flexible than anything I know. The only problem is Flash isn't going to be officially supported, unless through Chrome. Now I don't see why they wouldn't let you install Chrome, it should be able to run as long as the libs are going. If they do go the embedded route, it wouldn't be that much different than what people already do for Android. Just hack up a rom image to include the proper libs to run Chrome, bam you are done. As for other video files, same concept. If it's not embedded, find a way to get root and install. if it is, hack up a rom.