I know some people hate the fact that they have to use STEAM to play the game. But STEAM is actually pretty awesome. I have saved so much money from buying games on steam it's not even funny. They always have awesome deals, keep the games up to date, does not bog down my computer at all. Their customer service from what I have experinced was always very professional and fast. You can run STEAM in offline mode so you can play your games while not connected to the internet. I think people are being a little too critical on it.
How are people too critical? People have a choice not to use it, just as you have a choice to like it.
The problems it has and the problems it will cause, as well as the reasons to not like it, have all been mentioned many times before, no need to repeat it here. It's draconian DRM that is becoming a monopoly on almost every new game that comes out now. Do you realize how insulting it is to a human being to have to ask someone else to use a product you buy? If you know history, you will understand what that means.
Why not have a choice? You like Steam, then buy it on Steam, for the rest, why not let them play it without Steam. As I recall, people did not like Windows trying to monopolize it's way onto computers. Imagine a world without other OS'. Imagine a world without choice.
Till I get that choice, I will not purchase new games like this that force Steam on me.
Windows DOES have a monopoly on OSes. Linux was made by people who wanted another option... but good luck finding one in a brick and mortar. Apple is the only, high market share OS, and they made everything proprietary so it's a pain in the ass to do anything yourself on your crapbook.
I must say I do like a lot of the features steam offers.. BUT I firmly disagree with the forced use of Steam. It really should be like it is for the games I've bought through Humble Bundle on ALL game releases. With Humble Bundle you get a DRM installer of your game (On all 3 major platforms) that you can play to your hearts content. BUT if you WANT to utilize some of the features on STEAM you can request a STEAM CODE on the download page for your game and it generates in a matter of seconds and then allows you to activate the product on STEAM. The best part is that the steam install does not affect your standalone install. You should have the option to activate any game you buy that steam supports on their platform, but not FORCED to. I love many of Steams features.. but don't feel it should be forced especially when you buy the game in a Brick and Mortar store.
Dustin, off line mode sounds great except you have to be online in order to go into offline mode. Wait until you forget to do that on your laptop and then you're on the plane or whatever. No games for you....
@techmann I know this is kind've old now, but I just wanted to chime in. What you wrote is wrong. I have nearly all my games activated thru steam. You do not have to be online to play your games. You only have to be online to download the game. Once it is on your PC you are pretty much good to go. I know because on my main PC Steam always boots before my connection to the internet is made and it always starts in offline mode. I'm able to play in this mode.
Correct.^ It's not a forced, "always on" service. Just to activate/download, then you're free to play offline which I do most of the time. The games are forever stored to your account.
It's a great service, one that Valve has taken the time to listen, adjust and improve to accommodate the gaming community. Try to find a respectable gaming commentator on youtube that doesn't use the service or is openly against it. It's how I often find out about the deals on Steam or Amazon.