I own 72 games on Steam. Compared to many others this is not much. I usually only buy when there are deals or when a retail games uses Steam as its copy protection.
However, one should know what one can expect from Steam. Buying blindly and complaining afterwards is stupid. The internet is full of information about Steam, it's advantages...and its disadvantages.
Rule #1 - NEVER buy from Steam or GOG. Why? Because they charge too much. They rely on the consumer's 'convenience store' mentality. What do I mean by that?
Example: Let's say that you are at home and you need to go out and buy your beautiful pet Alsatian dog some dog food. You have two choices; drive 6klms to the supermarket and buy your best friend's food for $1 or walk to the convenience store three blocks away and pay $3 for it.
The same principle applies to buying games. Do you sit in front of your PC and order and down-load a game via one of the two a fore-mentioned sites or do you go to a retail store and buy the boxed version?
Or choose a third option and buy a Retail version on-line from someone like eBay.
I chose the third option and got W2 for $AU57 delivered. It took 5 days to arrive. Big deal.
If I had chosen Steam, I could have had W2 instantly (down-load time not withstanding) for $AU75.
GOG, to me was a joke. I now quote what they say on their website:
Buy W2 for $AU69.99
We'll bill you the equivalent in US dollars of $75.96.
They say this in-spite of the fact that the Australian dollar is worth MORE than the US dollar!!!
They than go on to say:
Since the Australian price is is almost $26 more than the price in US dollars, we're giving you a $US26 credit to spend on GOG.com.
WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH!
The point of all this is, aside from advising not to buy games from the above-mentioned, is that because I had a Retail version of the game, I was able to down-load Patches 1.1 and 1.2 from CDP and INSTALL THEM IN A MATTER OF SECONDS!
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I payed mine 60,97 $, which is the equivalent of 45€ the same I would have payed in a retail store and on steam.
I also find it unfair that these companies use the 1$ = 1€ policy.
But the difference is that GoG compensates this by giving you free games from their catalog, while steam does absolutely nothing except cashing in extra $$$ from european gamers.
The best solution would be ofcourse to use the correct international currency conversions.
But if I have to choose between GoG's policy or steam's, I don't have to think long about it :)
Steam support might be great for valve games or steam itself, whatever, but The Wticher 2 is supported by CDP. Or, in other words, steam support for TW2 can't be better than the support provided by CDP. And stand alone TW2 has it's own auto update system.