I just realized something. The topical question of this thread is "Why is Steam suddenly bad?"
The answer is obvious!
Until recently, Steam hardly handled anything that was not a Valve game or similar to Valve games. So there weren't a lot of new people running afoul of the system. And those who did, it was maybe just that one game and they moved on. But now lots of publishers are signing on with Steam, with a broader array of games.
So, suddenly, lots of people are speaking up all at once. Nothing to do with Spore or SecuROM at all.
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