Good work Valve. Looks like the discount weekends are really paying off.
I am not making it more simple than it sounds. Valve has reduced the price fairly often - and not just on their games. If they really cared what the retail stores thought then they wouldn't do that. Would it put the stores out of business for video games? Perhaps, but such is business. We won't have to worry about this happening until Vavle decides to lower their pricing. I'm willing to bet Valve is charging what they are for their games on Steam because they can, not because they have to - especially with their own products. They make Left 4 Dead and Half-Life, so retail stores have absolutely no say in what Valve does with them. There is nothing complicated here.
You just defeated your own argument. They lower the costs on certain games on weekends, true, but if they cared for retail (which they don't need to imo) they wouldn't do that. Ok, fair enough. "They charge what they charge because they can, not because they have to..." HUH? So your saying they should be charging less, say 40 bucks for a game, which is contradictory to your first remark.
I for one thing Steam is even better than having the hard copy. House burns down? I still got my games.
Reformat? Well with a disk you have to sit there for HOURS installing all of your favorite games back on your hard drive. I don't know about the rest of you, but when you reformat 3-4 times a year or more, it sure is nice to throw 80Gb worth of files on a backup harddrive, reformat, and simply move them back.
Sure they usually have to sync up with Steam, but that is all of seconds.
Blindly hating Valve and Steam because they are the defacto standard of DD for PC gamers at the moment is contradictory to what we as PC gamers need to be doing.
Gamestop and other various outlets do not carry PC games hardly at all, if at all and console gamers pay royalties to the manufacturer bringing their cost to 60 dollars.
I for one say bring it on Steam.
You have catered to my needs as a PC gamer for 5 years now, delivering great content(ever growing I may add) at pretty darn good speeds. You listen to the community when it comes to changes. You give us free DLC on all your games unlike the console gamers who have to pay for it. You have made the games very transition able in the fact that you can throw your Steam folder on a HD or Disk and move it to a new computer or a new partition. The list goes on and on. They have done NOTHING so far to make anyone doubt them so why? Sometimes it seems people just have to find a reason to hate something great, even if they aren't even the best justifiable reasons.