Where did you take that dumb assumption from? Steam is good as a service, deal with it. You may not agree with how it works, but it did improve PC gaming a bit by making everything easier and more convenient. Autopatching is an example of that. Fuck, old PC gamers like us know for sure how much of a royal pain in the ass it was to search the whole internet for working links to patches. Now there is no need to worry about it anymore, Steam deals with everything automatically. Also, the fact that you can get your games on one single client is a nice feature (you can add non-steam games to Steam).
Finding a patch to update an old game is like, seriously one of the easiest things to do. Now, if you're having problems with that, I suggest you give up PC gaming for good.
Some of us DON'T want to use Steam.
We don't care if you like it. We don't care if you think there's a problem with that. We just don't want to be forced to use it, and we really couldn't care less if Steam is your religion.
You know what else is easy? Handing over your bank account to your investment manager or your insurance agent.
Some of us choose to want to be able to control our own games, instead of having the rights being depicted by a program, like Steam. You want to worship it, good for you. But the rest of us don't.
Like the op, I think that if I buy a game it should be mine to put on any system I want to, as many times as I want to, and I should be able to make a hard copy. And not have jump through hoops to do it.
I couldn't agree with this more. It is exactly what I am thinking. I want to be in control of the games I bought with my money. Is that too much to ask?
That's why I came to GOG.