Originally Posted by sausageson
I realize DRM is here to stay but was responding to that guy acting like steam is some godly feature compared to origin and uplay when it is nothing more than drm just like them. Sure it has extra bells and whistles which most people do not use in the first place, but as a service that is just used to run games it is no different. I actually use all 3 and do not mind any of them, but its okay to complain about origins and uplay all the time but if I complain about steam; I have to get used to it?
Well, strictly as a storefront Steam has a lot of sales that Uplay and Origin don't, along with stocking a wider variety of games. It's making an effort to be more open to Indie projects with Greenlight, and they have already started selling a few non-game software packages as well. There's also Steam for Linux and Big Picture Mode. You also have the Steam Workshop, the new Steam Guides feature, neither of which (as far as I know) are available in Origin or Uplay.
I mean, if your argument is that no one uses Steam except to buy, download, and launch games then I don't know that the data is available to indicate usage of community features like Steam Workshop, but there are clearly differentiating characteristics, including allowing developers/publishers to sell their game on Steam and not have it use Steamworks.Edited by Alecthar - 2/22/13 at 9:33am