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In a post I made earlier we started discussing Valve's Steam software and I got answers from 2 or 3 people but I thought I'd dedicate a whole thread to it.

In your reply try to answer the following:
1.Pros and Cons
2.Is it intrusive like other DRM software (ie. SecuROM)
3.Is it worth it for Valve games
4.Is removal easy?


I am totally against DRM and I DO NOT want to be treated like a criminal just so some so a few people can make a few bucks more. So that's why I'm so curious before I install it.

Thanx a ton guys
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Steam doesn't have DRM. Steam is totally worth it.
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steam will save PC gaming (i hope)
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Originally Posted by jersidevil View Post
In a post I made earlier we started discussing Valve's Steam software and I got answers from 2 or 3 people but I thought I'd dedicate a whole thread to it.

In your reply try to answer the following:
1.Pros and Cons
2.Is it intrusive like other DRM software (ie. SecuROM)
3.Is it worth it for Valve games
4.Is removal easy?


I am totally against DRM and I DO NOT want to be treated like a criminal just so some so a few people can make a few bucks more. So that's why I'm so curious before I install it.

Thanx a ton guys
1.

Pros: Smexy manager, keep your friends close and games updated.
Cons: Cant sell your games. Hacking get's all source-engine games banned.

2.

It's more of a solution to DRM. Im not sure if it used SecuRom but it's less intrusive and very user-friendly.

3.

Yeap. Not to mention it's mandatory. But if it was bad none of their games would sell. That isn't the case

4.

Removal? Yeah, but you wont really want to. Unless you want to play the games developped by Valve ever again?

But removal is just a click away.
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Pros - You can easily find and download games that you want, it has a nice in-game menu, easily add or remove friends etc.

Cons - The software feels bloated to me. Can't sell the games. Can't think of any other cons atm.

There is no DRM that I am aware of.

Yes it is worth it for Valve games.

Simply uninstall like any other program to remove it.
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Its totally worth to have steam. As for pros, you get all the valve games and many other games(what more could you ask for if you are a gamer). You have the steam community. Steam stores all your game setting on their servers(steam cloud) so that you need not bother configuring your game setting or your saved game files. The only con(if i may say) could be the cost, but then there are deals all the time, so it pretty much makes up for it. So if you are a gamer, you need to have steam. And there is definitely no DRM.
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Pros: Smexy manager, keep your friends close and games updated.
Cons: Cant sell your games. Hacking get's all source-engine games banned.

2.

It's more of a solution to DRM. Im not sure if it used SecuRom but it's less intrusive and very user-friendly.

3.

Yeap. Not to mention it's mandatory. But if it was bad none of their games would sell. That isn't the case

4.

Removal? Yeah, but you wont really want to. Unless you want to play the games developped by Valve ever again?

But removal is just a click away.
I'd consider the bold a pro.
post #8 of 23
Steam
* - Great for getting games going with friends and communication between clan members.
* - Great for playing with people with legit copies of games with very little to no hacking on certain games.
* - Does make older games run like crap.
* - Some games that you buy have no support through steam. Rainbow Six is completely on its own and won't allow you to make an online account.
* - CD keys for expansions can be problematic.
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Do you need to input a credit card number or paypal account even if you don't plan to buy games?
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Steam:


Pros: Awesome, small footprint, easy way to keep track of games, you don't need to bother with pesky discs to play, own games from many companies on one simple client, automatically updates games, awesome messenger, games are tied to your account not your computer, cool looking GUI, built-in web browser(Yo, dawg, we heard you like browsin' so we put a browser in your games so you can browse while you game!), you can add non-steam apps to it as shortcuts and launch them from steam, store built right into it, non-intrusive DRM(Steam IS the DRM), all you need to use is an email, username and password. CC is optional even when buying, Valve takes paypal!

Cons: Steam is tempermental, you cannot sell your games, Steam uses IE as it's built-in browser, Steam does crash frequently if your rig is unstable, and it tends to want to start with windows unless you say otherwise.


Overall: Well worth having. Should be embedded with Windows, IMO. It'd be the first Windows-embedded program I preferred to use over anything else/wanted to use in the first place.
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