Posted March 03, 2014
I don't think that advertising torrents is something one should do and it isn't surprising that Go! Go! Nippon! has Steam as DRM as the version from the distributor's own website also has some sort of DRM, so yeah, I just wanted to provide some information.
I can't deny the big influence Steam nowadays has and that it maybe could have been stopped, but Steam isn't the incarnation of the devil. Sure, network dependence is the biggest flaw but there is also the offline mode if you don't like it. Auto patching can be disabled, etc etc etc, but the game license policies are much worse, why didn't you add this point? On the other site it's some kind of standard now for using software.
Steam won't alter the structure of the games in a way you predict. They are altering many games over the last time and mainly because they include all nedded libraries inside of the game folders so that the game will run on nearly every system as it is somewhat autarkic. And even if Valve would concentrate on their console, I would be happy, because it's a damn Debian and will ever be a Debian, so there is Linux support and I'm happy with that. If they really would do that, they would lose too much money. Or in the worst case scenario, Steam would cease to exist. I'm sure that Valve or the developers of the single games would make patches to disable the Steam API.
You don't have to be so cynic, sales are a good thing for the customers and for the publishers/developers. I can recommend this as literature, it's informative and written by the developer of Defender's Quest. GOG also does make sales and that's a good thing.
In fact, Steam is getting more liberal in things of DRM and makes huge progress in Linux gaming and therefore cross platform gaming. And with the huge userbase of Steam they can hopefully break the reign of Windows and it's outdated proprietary directX. I personally don't like Steam, but the Linux part overweights the flaws a lot. I mean, not even GOG offers Linux versions (and has way harder criteria for adding new games), it's a real shame.
I think that's why we all are here, fighting against DRM.