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(got metro 2033 for 29.99 at best buy and its 39.99 on steam )

I dont buy games that are 59.99 when they are released, I just wait a few months then buy them discounted.
You could have gotten it on steam for less than $10 during a recent steam sale, I don't buy anything on steam unless i REALLY want it, or it is less than $10. I have over 40 games on steam, and currently installed too

Steam is the best thing to happen to PC gaming. only exception is when you have games like DiRT2 that you can buy on Steam but still use freakin Windows Live as well HATE HATE HATE Windows Live and wish whoever made it would die in a ditch
post #32 of 162
Let's list it here...

1) Steam is widely seen as THE hub for PC gaming. It's widely loved and used.
2) Developers don't need to pay for servers to host the game downloads from. Plus, by distibuting it first and foremost through Steam, they save a lot of money on distributing them to brick and mortar stores.
3) Their DRM isn't as bad as most others (GFWL is the obvious target here).

Also, just stop Steam from booting on startup and showing the adds when closing a game. Disable the Steam community system, and use auto-sign in. Just double click a game shortcut, it signs you in, and it boots up. Sure, you might still notice it, but I'm willing to bet it's gonna be bearable.
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I'm not sure what you have against steam. The only issue where people who are still on limited and slow internet, i understand, since i am in Australia, but i am lucky enough to have unlimited ADSL2+ with 10megabit sync speeds.

It's steam, or GFWL, or it's securom with 3 activations. you choose.
post #34 of 162
Im partial to steam because CDs get lost, or run over by my chair and destroyed. I'll take the few hours to DL a game over having to sift through my CDs, find it, and install it.

Then again, my room isn't that well organized.
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post #35 of 162
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I'd rather have the physical disk.
I have the physical disk for the Orange Box, but if I ever had to reinstall TF2 I would do it through Steam.

With modern broadband its usually easier to download the latest version of the game than install an old copy and then download 3GB worth of patches.
    
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I totally love Steam. I wish I could activate all my older games through Steam so that I'd get the latest updates automatically. It's so convenient to have all your Steam games available to you wherever you are capable of downloading the client and logging in.

Also, who the hell likes documenting all their product keys? I have an excel document for all of my non-steam games and it's just annoying to have to update it every time I buy a game because the game manual is the only thing I have to prove ownership. Steam does all of this automatically.

I used to dislike having to run one app to run another, but that was back in the day when Steam used to suck face. Now that it's a fully functional store and frequently filled with legendary deals (holiday packs, anyone?), Steam has become one of the first things I install when I fresh install Windows.
post #37 of 162
Also, assume every game nowadays requires at least some patching after release. If you make it a Steam "exclusive", you'd remove a tremendous server need for your company, because you can basically just dump the files on Valve's servers and be done with it.
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Because Steam offers Steamworks for free to publishers who jump at the chance, naively thinking DRM will stop piracy. I hate steam so much. This is why Minecraft has the best DRM.

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and Valve need to get their **** straight and learn how to program a decent client.
Edited by Invisible Penguin - 1/12/11 at 4:11pm
post #39 of 162
I am all for steam, I really love how useful, incredibly cheap, and interactive it is.

Nowhere else do you get a system as smoothly run as steam for multi-gaming and community areas.

having said that I have one big gripe with steam that hasnt really been hit upon yet and that is if you read their EULA, it states that at any time they can revoke your steam login, and do not give any premise for this, just a clasue saying oh hi we are blocking you from steam.

sooooooo yeah, I like it and I doubt anything will ever come of it but look how popular steam is getting now, thats a lot of power in the hands of one business.
    
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Pretty much this...

I'd rather install the game off the disc and then activate it on Steam...
Steam downloads take forever, but that is also contributed to my download speed.

Man...
I remember when Steam was limited to just their Source games lol
Steam downloads are incredibly fast for me (Like > 2mb/s)
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