I want Valve to choke on their own smugness. The idea of Steam having total digital control is terrifying to me.
Steam has basically ruined PC gaming for me. Any game that forces online activation, even a single time is offensive in concept to me and I will not stand for it nor support it. Buying on steam is basically renting and takes all control away from the user. A friend of mine moved, upgraded to a new PC and was unable to get internet access for at least 3 months, in this time he was unable to play any of his games because he's only bought from Steam. It's so easy to forget about the total reliance on the internet this service requires.
But where steam really burns me up is the way it's wormed itself into retail
. I like owning a retail copy of a game, and DRM services like steam have basically killed this.
I am a solo gamer, online play has almost zero interest for me... now, if any game I want comes out using steamworks, I can't buy it. I am required to install a 3rd party piece of online software and make an online account, and then activate my disc copy of a single player
before I can so much as install it. I will never understand how people find this acceptable... See, steam's online service is great for hooking up players and matches online, that's all well and good for those who want it but it's not optional
, it's forced on everyone, and as a solo player, this does nothing but significantly impede my gaming experience.
I constantly hear the limp rebuttal of 'you know it has an offline mode right?' ...you realize that you have to go online and verify the games cache to get to offline mode in the first place right? This sounds like a good thing when playing a single player game to you?
Even more frustrating is the 'that's the way things are going, get used to it" doormat response, and to this I say... Why? I should go back on my stance and moral objection because It's inconvenient? It's lazy backpedaling like this that prevents things from changing for the better.
GoG is the only thing that's kept my faith in PC gaming alive. I'd still rather own physical discs, but at least on GoG I know I own my purchases, I know that I can, at any time and anywhere, go to my local files, run an installer and any update patch files that I have stored locally and then just play the game. The way it should be.
It's like you read my mind completely.
. Well, except for the "GoG" part. It's "GOG", or even "gog". Why would the "o" be lowercase? It stands for "Old", not "of". It's been about two years since I first pondered why people say "GoG", and I fear I'm no closer to having my answer. I can at least be sure it's not "because it looks better", because it just looks horrible. >_>