Just because everything else is worse doesn't make Steam good. Getting kicked in the nuts is better than being stabbed in the guts, but it still isn't good. The difference is that some people will put up with getting kicked in the nuts to get their games while others will just say "screw that" and not play at all.
Yep. There are thousands and thousands of games out there that don't require Steam, Amazon, or Ubisoft or any of the other crap DRM-stuffed services. So, no, it's not either Steam or nothing.
I've never bought a game on Steam, I only own about 4 games that have any DRM at all thru GamersGate, yet I'm managed to amass a digital library of almost 300 games, at least 200 of which I haven't even played yet.
I'm just not the type of person that HAS to play new games the minute they come out. A)They're too expensive and B) they're usually loaded with DRM.
Give them a couple of years, however, and they'll be on places like GOG or Desura DRM-free.
Meanwhile, if I want to see how a AAA game that's loaded with DRM plays, I go to a friend's house and play a couple of hours there. I won't, however, buy it myself :)
Not sure I agree. The process I just went through was pretty typical before. Steam has just made me realize how much it sucks. Unless you never played PC games I don't get your argument.
Steam is not PC gaming, it's console gaming on PC hardware. True PC gaming is true freedom. With true PC gaming you pop in your disk (or download your installer), launch the insaller, follow the instructions and you're done. But what about automatic updates? Neverwinter Nights has automatic updates and that game is older than Steam. The thing wth Steam is simply that it's better than the other software-consoles.
Couldn't have said it better myself.