Originally Posted by XiCynx
Also, I don't remember Gabe being all about the games, I remember him being all about the experience that the consumer can enjoy while purchasing the games that are created. So far he has outdone all other Game distribution systems out there, which means we have to give him credit somewhere along the line. Whether is was due to him creating and implementing it first or implementing it in such a way that it did not effect the experience of the consumer or just enhanced it.
Originally Posted by Mygaffer
Steam adds more value than any other single gaming service. There is a reason they are the 800lb gorilla of digital distribution. While the service is not perfect you really have to go out of your way to hate it.
These kinds of posts bother me almost as much as blind hate posts. If Valve really brought something to the table that adds so much great value, enhances the experience and such, it wouldn't need to be forced upon you. A great product will succeed on its merits, its usually crap or evil crap thats forced down your throats. Steam has done nothing for me but cause issues and steal my games/money and caused countless headaches. What benefit have I gotten? None. And what would make me happy? Being able to opt out of Steam.
There is no reason to have it forced other than control and profit. Its not helping me or enhancing my experience, if it did, I wouldn't care. I can't give Gabe credit because he hasn't done anything for gaming. Valve/Gabe/Steam is the Steve Jobs/Apple of gaming. Almost everything about the company is in the marketing and rabid customer loyalty without reason. Sure, I can see why a lot of people would like this stuff, but its not for everyone. Yet we can attack some companies and people, while others are worshiped while doing similar to the same things.
Steam is a restrictive, locked down ecosystem.
I used to:
1) Buy Game
2) Play Game
1) Buy Game
2) Run bloatware
3) Check daily to make sure games haven't disappeared from list
4) Contact support asking why games I paid for are gone
5) Deal with robot Steam/Valve support thats about as useful as a magic 8-ball (Almost all replies are auto-generated it seems with little, to nothing to do with your inquiry. All further inquiries are completely ignored)
6) End up buying another copy of same game that doesn't require Steam to play
Glad its such a value added service and I'll be sure to send Gabe an X-Mas card.
I'm in the minority with having such bad issues with Steam, and my bad experiences have tainted my view of them and the company. But the fact that such crap happens to users daily when this should be a completely optional piece of software is a joke. Again, if Steam were so great, added so much value and enriched the experience, people would be flocking to it regardless. They would use such a great service by choice. There is a very good reason this is not
Yes, my posts is quite negative, but someones gotta balance out the love fest going on here. I even think I wouldn't nearly be so hard in my Steam posts if people didn't just blindly praise Gabe/Steam/Valve and make them seem like gods.
So yea, make Steam an option and let it stand by its merits. Wonder how long it would last then