Originally Posted by Epitope
Nothing you said applies to steam. You don't rent a game from steam, when you buy it it is yours. You also do not need to be online. You can activate the game online but from then on you can play in offline mode (unless the game is specifically an online game, but then what does steam have to do with it?).
There are also ways to activate the game without using the internet. I believe it can be done over the phone.
You, Sir, have no idea what you are talking about...
How about this. Would you buy a house knowing that your key is actually connected to the estate agents server and when they go out of business you can't get into your house?
You might, I won't. I don't care what kind of DRM the game uses, DRM is an invasion of my purchase and I do not accept it. My rant has as much to do with Steam as it does with GFWL and activation limits, I hate all. Now if Steam used a system in which you could download the ISO, and not have anything to do with Steam beyond that, I might be inclined to use it, but until then I'll keep refusing to use Steam.
If having had to use Steam after playing HL2 and CS (I hate CS) means I have no idea what I'm talking about then so be it.