I actuallly have a huge amount of games on steam but I hated the platform until I was forced to install it for civilization V. Then I started hating it less, than in the following weeks there was a big summer or fall sale, I can't remember which on and I noticed all the game half price and now I think its cool. I am just concerned about the fair share that developpers should get. I just hope the fate of video games will not follow the fate of hollywood cinema.
That is very similar to my story. After Boycotting Steam for the better of six years I was accidentally suckered into it after my copy of DOW II arrived. After thinking "well, I bought the game. And I'm always online anyway, I might just give it a shot". For maybe a year I pretty much ignored the platform only buying the occasional cheap indie game on it. Then I was travelling a lot professionally and noticed the benefits of having my games digitally available everywhere I went.
I fully embraced Steam after countless indie and small time developers have stated how great Steam is for them. The final "nail in the coffin" for me was when Tim Schafer praised it and it got the DF games on the PC.
I still don't like Valve as a game developer, but they have been incredibly beneficial for gaming in general. Steam by itself pretty much broke the big publisher hegemony on PC gaming and gave Indies a chance to thrive. Which by itself has influenced big publisher greatly again, as they could use indies to assess innovation in gaming "risk free". I've been playing PC game for nearly twenty years now, and gaming has never been better.
For me personally, I care more about developers and publishers than about gamer sensibilities, therefore the DRM part isn't bothering me at all. Considering the shit we had to live with ten years ago, it is a lot better. And my initial complaint against Steam about needing to"be online for install" really sounds weird to complain about nowadays ...