Originally Posted by cyanmcleod
i HATE steam and let me explain...
i have a kid who games and my brother lives with me while in college... but we dont always play the same game at the same time. when i buy a physical copy they can play games A and B while i play game C. if games A B and C are on steam then they cant play A and B while i play C. i know it sounds stupid but when you have 3 gamers in 1 house its actually really nice to swap games around without buying 3 copies.
I have 4 gamers in my household and each of us have our own Steam account. While it doesn't completely eliminate conflicts, it does help.
As for Steam itself...I love it. I can't even guess how many games I've bought in the past and either lost the disk or found it on my son's desk covered in scratches. I don't have to keep up with keys or books or disks. It really simplifies matters for me. I have a folder on my storage drive with all my Steam games backed up in it (roughly 150GB). When I want to play a game, I dbl click the install icon. There's no downloading involved other than patches (which I'd get with a disk anyway).
Steam isn't perfect. I'd like the ability to trade in or resell games that I don't play anymore or I'm unhappy with (Assassin's Creed comes to mind, thank you, Ubisoft). I'd also like an option to get disks/manuals/extras from deluxe editions in hard copy. Even so, Steam is still the best form of DRM I've seen so far, and I don't mind running it.