Originally Posted by guyladouche
Yeah, I was pretty excited at first. But in some cases, it is not the greatest choice for getting a game at the best price--for example, regarding a lot of blockbuster titles, the price doesn't really go down much over time. Then for other games, it's dirt-cheap.
I am still wary though--you're still at their mercy. I don't quite like that power dynamic. But for now, I'm cool with the way Steam works (until I get the shaft, then I'm gone).
Guy, you can actually purchase your games anywhere you like (such as getting COD4 at wal-mart on "black friday") and then register it to steam if it's a steam game.
Also, the only time you CAN'T modify your game files is IF the anti-cheat software for that game prevents it (such as punkbuster on COD4). I use skins in CSS and other such things.
You can also add games to steam that are not steam games, but the only benefit of that is that you can launch the game from STEAM. games that aren't supported by steam won't update because of steam being online like steam games do.