Originally Posted by linkin93
I'm betting it's all because of your internet connection. If you had a decent service, these things would not matter to you, as they do not matter to me.
Steam has benefits. Friends, Achievements, Communities, Groups, Voice Chat, Clans, and so on.
Name ONE other "always online" (which I do not consider steam to be, by the way) form of DRM that has ALL of these features.
As a side note, I consider GFWL is the worst form of online DRM simply because it wants to turn your computer into a damned xbox. The features are mediocre, it's unnecessarily annoying, takes forever to setup, is buggy, bloated, and makes annoying noises.
You are right about the internet connection. I used to have Virgin Media Cable 10Mbps and the patches didn't bother me then.
However, Friends? Xfire. Communities? Xfire (and they did it first, iirc) Groups? Xfire. Voice Chat? XFIRE. Clans? XXXXXXXFIRE.
Sure, Xfire isn't DRM, but wait, that actually makes it better!
And Steam Achievements? Boring. Without a numerical value much like XBL, it's pointless and I have nothing to throw around there.
"Oh, you have 12 achievements on X game, I have 15" Worthless.
GFWL isn't so bad. At least now I can keep up with my Xbox buddies seeing as it's been gathering dust for 3 years.
The worst DRM was this Ubisoft DRM, followed closely by the SecuROM 5 install limit. Steam is third.
By the way, you didn't notice that my major beef with Steam is the activation and limitation of retail copies of a game. And the inability to lift a game off an account and either trade it or gift it. That, in my opinion, is a purchase RIGHT, despite what their licence says, and that happens to be my major beef with them.
Finally, Maian is right. No matter if you turn off automatic updates or not you still cannot play the game. SOME games can actually start playing before they've finished. Except those are Valve games because Valve put the time and effort into that.
I've been using Steam since 2003 so there isn't anything new you can teach me about it. It can be great and it can be fail. Mostly great. But the fail is still strong.