CS, DoD, TF2, The Orange Box, Portal, HL2, etc. all require Steam. None of them can be resold once activated. Yet they've sold millions of copies on the PC (many of them digitally) and no one's one-starred those games solely because they use Steam.
But when FEAR 2, Dawn of War II, and Empire Total War use Steamworks (essentially the same thing used in Valve's games), you have the one-star brigade attacking with their useless two sentence "reviews." (Not to confuse them with the reviewers who intelligently and informatively mention Steam, its problems, and its benefits within a review of the actual gameplay.)
I'm not trying to be inflammatory, but I'd like to know why Steam is suddenly a problem? Half-Life 2 and Portal are both offline games and yet people still buy and play them using Steam.
So why is Valve allowed to use Steamworks, but not other publishers? Put another way, if you give FEAR 2 a one-star review solely because it uses Steamworks, why not do the same for Portal? Or Half-Life 2?
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