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DPsx7: Did you try to play your games offline? I agree with your frustration with Steam because I've experienced it too: memory suck, not being able to play my games right away due to long download times or synching, etc. For the longest time (up until 2004/5 when I went to college) I had less than a 56k connection because I was too far out for dsl/cable (yes, Neo Bahamut, there are PC gamers that live in the boondocks and we couldn't afford satellite internet either). I first purchased HL2 when I was home for winter break and I was so mad that I had to download Steam (plus the HL2 authorization) on less than 56k speeds. But I did wait and it paid off because HL2 was definitely worth it. Steam isn't some evil Orwellian program watching your every move and it's a hell of a lot better than a lot of (harmful) DRM out there and Valve has some of the best tech support in the business. I'm not asking you to like it, and I agree that it needs improvement, but in all reality which would you rather have: a game that you can only install on your computer 3 times with one key or a game that is connected to your account that you can freely install/uninstall at your whim? You're delusional to think the former.
It IS spyware. I didn't ask for it, it installed in the background and does things I do not want. And since I can't just delete it, then it's malware.How? Ok, here we go. First I bought the game on disc so I could play right away. Instead it did 'something' then DL'ed the game for 3 hours. Unacceptable. I wanted to play one night when my internet was down, oh too bad Steam says no. WTF? Then there was a patch that was forced on us. My game ran perfectly, no patch was needed and I don't play that game online. I let Steam force the patch on me anyway and it broke the game. My ammo counter was in the middle of the screen and the backgrounds were prismatic colored. Also unacceptable. Once I managed to finish the game I prompty got rid of both never to touch them again until they're disinfected.Yes Valve = Steam and I have boycotted the company. No more HL, won't try Portal. Many lost customers (I can't be the only one). There are no positive facts about Steam and you're delusional to think otherwise.
@DPsx7: So you're saying that steam is like spyware/malware? Based on what? How could it ruin your enjoyment of Half-Life 2? It's not invasive, it just sits there until you tell it what to do. Not to mention that Steam = Valve, if you hate steam so much, then don't use it, don't buy Valve games, and just stay away from that section of the PC gaming arena. That just means less people like you for the larger majority of people, like me, who know about and enjoy steam to play with other steam users. There is not a single negative thing you can point out about Steam that is based on fact.@Aerindel_Prime: if you don't have internet, yet are a PC gamer, something is obviously wrong. Not to sound like a jerk, but hey, if you don't have access to the internet as a PC gamer, then get with the program, it's not 1995 anymore. At least they don't charge you to use your service like Xbox Live. As for Steam going out of business, highly doubtful for the life of any of the games I enjoy. Especially if you consider the 2 main things going for it which are that it's backed by Valve (a very stable company), and the fact that it is probably (might need to fact check me on this) the most profitable digital distribution platform on PC. No one has been able to top it in functionality yet, the closest you have is the combination of Direct2Drive and Xfire (which uses an assload of resources), together they are nowhere near as streamlined as Steam.
Steam is the WORST thing to happen to PC gaming. It's invasive, infectious, and meets all criteria for spyware/malware. So much so that it severely hurt my enjoyment of HL2 and after suffering through it I wiped my drive and vowed never to touch another Valve game until the virus is removed.Sadly if this series is going to always be under Steam now I will not play it. I have the originals which should be good enough I guess. Steam just means they lose customers.
Not everywhere has internet. Instead of having to worry about protecting out own house we have to worry about some company staying in business.
Why so scared of steam? I know I love it, works just fine for me and I buy any and all games that I can through it. No need to worry about a house fire or thief destroying all my games. Anywhere I go that has internet access (which is everywhere these days) I can download steam and access my games. IMO, Steam is the best Digital Game Distribution place on the web, not to mention the built in server lists, IM, and so on that come with it. It's like they took Gamestop, xfire, a simplified version of Facebook, and a great development team and rolled them all into one.Unfortunately, since it's just like Gamestop... There are no battletoads...As for Serious Sam, aren't you getting a little old? I'm starting to think you need a facelift and some fresh ideas.
That went from must-have awesome to I won't touch it as soon as I saw it's infected with Steam. Call me when a clean copy ships to stores.
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