Originally Posted by Katana
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.
Stop making extreme generalizations.
There are a lot of people that don't like it, but saying that they're making "absurd updates" that "no one likes" just makes you look naive.
The CPU increase isn't enough to be noticeable, unless you have a slow compute. I'll give you the UI size - I have a small computer that sometimes seems really cluttered with Steam. I will say that it looks fantastic on larger monitors though.
It's impossible to say whether the response was overall negative or positive, because people with negative reactions are more likely to comment on them. I'm neutral on it - I don't particularly care how the UI looks, it's about the games.
There will always be a group of people pissed off at changes a company makes. That's how consumer reception works. But making sweeping generalizations is silly - if there had been such a catastrophic response as you seem to believe, the UI would have been changed. Valve has a fairly reliable track record with responding to consumer feedback.Edited by olimango - 12/31/10 at 1:51pm