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Steam Beta Allows Custom Installation Locations

Rock, Paper, Shotgun has instructions distilled from a reddit post on how Steam users can finally select custom locations for their game installations. This is currently only available in the Steam beta and requires a little configuring, but the post includes instructions on how to opt in to the beta as well as on how to enable this new functionality. Thanks nin.

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31. Re: Steam Beta Allows Custom Installation Locations Sep 17, 2012, 05:13 2nd_floor
Thank you to the person who agrees that Steam controls people. ANY limit being put on a person who uses Steam (or anything in life), is a form of control. DRM is control any way you look at it! You do not even own the games you buy on Steam, you own the right to play them. So if Valve goes out of business or the developer of the game does maybe, you may not be able to play the game you bought. You do not own it. That is control! Companies love control, and seem to try and get it with anything and everything they do!

Steam not allowing people to decide where to install software from (internet or DVD) is ridiculous and something that really needs to be fixed! They are not the government, but do you not see my point? It's not how "interesting" it would be to fix this "bug", and they may not solve a mathematical or physics problem or make lots of money from doing it, but they need to properly maintain their software. It does not matter in any way how they run the company inside, this is next to a bug, and they should be fixing it!! They don't find it interesting to make Steam's users be able to install games the way we want to? They don't care enough about what people think of Steam then, it's not interesting to them? What is interesting?

I guess the idea of all people being able to work on their own interests is not perfect, because it leads to these sorts of problems, where simple features do not get coded in for years! This is really simple stuff (installing games to a 2nd hard drive, or user options to choose install source). Imagine your BIOS deciding how to boot your computer, and if the device it chooses to boot from isn't what you want, then you have to hit the reset button until it picks the one you do want! That is the way it appears Steam chooses to install files, haha.

Compare what PC gaming was like in the 90s and early 2000s, and see how much more freedom people had with their games back then.

Steam does not sell movies or music, but again the point is that DRM whether games, movies, music is a form of control no matter how you see it. You buy a song/album from iTunes, and you can only use it on Apple devices, and have maybe one copy of it available to play and one for backup (something like that).

Control! Control! Control! Steam controls, and it's really frustrating that 15/20 games I have not been able to install on the first attempt, but have to (sometimes uninstall what was installed), then restart the install from the beginning!

You don't think Valve are interested in control and dominating? Look at what is happening with Windows 8 and Valve writing their games and Steam for Linux because they are worried about losing market share or business to Microsoft.

One good example of Steam controlling, is that when you buy a retail DVD PC game, before it's "activation date", Steam tells you that you can not play the game yet, haha! Or that you can not uninstall a game from your computer without being online and connected to Steam.

But this is where digital life is going, DRM and control. An attempt to stop piracy!
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