Not really i have had more problems with steam then origin, gfwl etc.
- Corrupted saves(just cause 2, because of steamworks).
-Forcing u to upgrade your pc to play your games(back when i had cs on win 98, they prevented people with win 98 from playing the games that they bought... so i upgraded to xp, i had to pay extra to play the games i already bought...)
-Faulty offline mode(this has been talked to death).
-Publicize games without drm on store page, then only know after that they have drm(It happened with Batman: Arkham Asylum, it didn't have securerom on the page, now it does.)
-They don't give refunds(I requested for batman after what happened, but they gave me the middle finger, i also did it for 1 or 2 other games which i cannot remember)
-Annoying as hell (Steam used to spam me every freaking time i connected, a key for me to log-in)
Nowadays i avoid steam and buy from other sites like ea store, gog , impulse, gamersgate etc. Needless to say, never had any other major problems after i stopped using steam.
Amazingly enough I have none of those problems.
Perhaps you stopped using steam years ago and those problems are no more.
Corrupted saves occurs anywhere.
Never heard of anyone who needed to upgrade a PC to play games on steam.
Offline mode works fine for me.
DRM advertising is the publisher's fault. Probably just an oversight.
They do give refunds. I even got one.
Spam? Never had this problem.
I'll never get the amount of rage Steam generates among certain people.
I stopped using steam last year after dealing with a number of problems caused by steam. Being forced to connect to steam to play single player, having to spend 32 hours + (via broadband) downloading content for a game a purchased boxed off the shelf. Seeing my rigs resource usage spike and having programs become more unstable when steam booted up. Having steam be the source
of game client crashes, lockups, freezes etc. (not only did I independently test this I had other tech savvy gamers I know do the same to make sure it wasn't just on my rig). But what really
took the cake was the utterly abysmal
customer service. I was never given any kind of useful support by the steam tech department, I've gotten better customer service from EA (and for those who've dealt with EA in it's current form you'll know how awful that is), in point of fact the only response I've ever gotten from the steam "support" team was a cut and paste e-mail (with no real follow up) directing me to contact the developers because my issue "wasn't a steam problem" ... I got this message even when the ticket opened was about the steam client itself
. Oh and to make matters even better the devs when I tried to get support from them gave me a cut and paste response directing me to steam for support because my issue "wasn't a game issue it's a steam issue."
I eventually fixed the host of problems which prevented the game from running (tho the steam client continued to cause resource drag and application instability) and finished a full play-through of the game (on it's hardest settings) in less time
than it took me to get things working because of steam. Needless to say this, combined with the "ping pong" method of "support" employed by steam (and which steam enables devs to employ) left a bad taste in my mouth. Any form of DRM which causes that much trouble isn't worth the hassle (and steam certainly IS DRM) no matter how many "features" it has.
Especially when all those features can be had via other services (often for free) without being integrated into a DRM methodology.
I'm not attempting to speak for everybody but my rage regarding steam is because of the above. I just don't like having DRM sprung on me as if it's somehow a "service", nor do I like dealing with a company who won't even provide the absolutely minimal support required to even get their DRM application to run properly much less configure (let alone optimize) with the games it's supposed to 'help provide'.
Closing note for contrasts sake, I have not had any trouble with a single GOG dl "out of the box" yet (unlike steam) in fact the only ticket I've had call to open with GOG was due to trouble using the downloader for bonus content. GOG support responded promptly (unlike steam "support" which took their sweet time before supplying me with their pre-generated brush off) and provided me with a simple solution in their first message (turns out there was an update to the downloader which I'd overlooked, the current version works like a charm. Unlike steam which is not only unstable/increases instability in other applications even with all software up to date but is also mandatory for use of games I've already purchased even physical copies. The GOG downloader isn't required at all, not even to download and play the digital copies purchased here. The contrast between DRM free gaming here at GOG and the DRM infused gaming of steam couldn't be clearer.