Posted August 17, 2020
This was me before I found GOG. I simply switched to Consoles. With Playstation games, even if I buy it from their store, I haven't gotten one yet where I actually have to be online to play. All the games play online.
DetouR6734: Simple fact, many have no choice, when Steam got going every game i wanted was on Steam, bought a physical copy to have to register with Steam, so either one quits gaming for good, or accepts Steam for better or worse.
StingingVelvet: Yep. I know some people switched to consoles to avoid DRM, but then you're tied to specific hardware which is just as bad IMO, and with all the patches and DLC games rely on now you're still very tied in to their online services anyway. More and more games are download only too, so then you're getting hit with both ends. Even more important I'm a PC gamer, I can't do controller input for first-person and 30fps games with massive blur filters on them. I'd rather just stop, but I decided not to stop, not yet. Always online would be where I stopped.
Even more, I have several games which I can play on both the PS3 and the Vita (though, not many on the PS4). The cost these days of a PS4 is much less than a gaming rig, I can buy 2-5 PS4s for the same price as a Gaming PC (Depends on specs of the PC). I also can still buy hardcopy disks which play without me having to get on the internet.
Xbox allows me to play games on the Xbox one from the Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One eras (and with Xbox Series X probably all three will be allowed). Today (though I haven't tried it) I also understand, if you have a PC, you can be a PC gamer with your Xbox games. In theory, though never tried, I could play all my Xbox games on PC as well.
However, they DO have more restrictive DRM to a degree. I can play my Xbox and Xbox one games fine offline, however, the Xbox 360 require me to be online to save (I can still play them, but it doesn't save the game, which stinks and counts as worse than Steam in that aspect).
When I found GOG though, I started small with classics I used to play, and it just grew from there. I'm now an Avid gamer on PC again as well (though I still play a lot on Consoles). I've even branched out with Linux and started trying to see how gaming works with it (very well to a degree so far).