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umm... All Points Bulletin?
Millions of sales and liftime sales etc and then they went bankrupt, but as stated someone bought them out and the game will go live soon as a Free2Play game, so in essence the people who actually paid for it got screwed
Thought I'd throw this in here: APB didn't go down randomly. They were incredibly unorganized, hired an obscene amount of people they didn't need, and kept adding to the game when they didn't have any money to do so.

Sure, they sold a decent amount of copies, but they didn't even come CLOSE to making a profit. I can't remember the exact amount, but the development cost for APB was absolutely ridiculous.

Steam, on the other hand, has fairly good management and is constantly making a profit.
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Note to self: when kidding on OCN, write a disclaimer.

Preferably one 600 by 300 pixels wide:

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I can't remember the exact amount, but the development cost for APB was absolutely ridiculous.
100 million...I do believe...
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Aren't you a lot more likely to lose or damage your hard copy CDs? I think my house is more likely to burn down than Steam is likely to go under.
Probably a good way to look at it. You should never say never, but choosing hard copies over Steam is like choosing to drive cross country over fly, because you THINK driving is safer. When in fact you have a much better chance of getting killed on the highway.

I've been playing games in one form or another for well over 20 years, and I've lost or damaged more physical discs and cartridges than I've ever "lost" over Steam. Like.... hundreds more. In this way Steam is a much safer bet for me.
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And now the NEXT big question! What happens if Steam jumps the shark? ie, providing some ridiculous new update with questionable new functionality, that enforces new requirements such as "Windows Vista and up", uses a 3D display, and has errors that prevent you from launching more than one game a day.

They've already proven they're dumb enough to take steps in that direction.
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And now the NEXT big question! What happens if Steam jumps the shark? ie, providing some ridiculous new update with questionable new functionality, that enforces new requirements such as "Windows Vista and up", uses a 3D display, and has errors that prevent you from launching more than one game a day.

They've already proven they're dumb enough to take steps in that direction.
Did Gabe Newell kill your mother or something? Please elaborate.
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It'll go under on the day you download the internet.
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If steam goes under, you get sent a freebie card with list of games youve bought on steam, then all you do is go to game shop and get them all for free
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I love having a physical copy of the game. But I find that over the years, you may forget where you put that old disc or lost it somehow. Thanks to steam, you will never lose your game.

And also, by the time steam actually goes down, you won't even be playing those incredibly old games anymore.
my thoughts exactly
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Did Gabe Newell kill your mother or something? Please elaborate.
The day of the big Steam "UI Update" made the client use far more CPU and even GPU resources when running, even making some games run more poorly. Many windows will cause ALL of Steam at once to hang (as opposed to many browser hangs, which just affect the current tab) Furthermore, the minimum size of the main window is almost all of my main computer's screen, preventing me from sizing it down to do something else, and it takes up ALL of my laptop's screen.
Many of the UI changes are just curvy-looking adjustments to the original to make fonts bigger, borders wider, etc. Some of the colors don't even make sense, and there are many visually-distracting decals and differing-backgrounds that don't mean anything.

None of the organizational changes made sense to anyone. Everything was harder to use, and everyone wanted the old interface back. There was a massive protest, but support made it clear that there would be NO option to use the old interface, and everything was permanent. They assured us we'd get used to it; honestly, I still wish I had the old one. Please no one idiotically respond to this saying "Well I think it's fine." There are PLENTY of people still pissed about it, and that alone is proof Valve screwed up that one.

Basically, it's proof that Valve is not beyond making absurd updates to Steam that no one likes. Another REALLY bad update that actually affects your ability to play your games, and Steam might as well go down entirely.
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