Notice the prices for BOTH of these games. $55. I have heard that companies are planning to push the prices of games up to $60 a copy. THEY SAY because of developement cost, true, but they sell more copies than ever considering Video games have passed movies in popularity and possibly sales.
Look if you don't think Valve is not trying to cut out the publisher, aka middleman, through Steam and there by increasing their profits your either fooling yourself or have no business sense.
What the man said makes perfect sense: 1) games are going up in price 2) Valve is using Steam to increase profits.
I dont see why you guys are jumping on his back, yea he is speculating but that is what you have to do unless you have a crystal ball.
I can get links to support my claims but I am not running for office here so you can look them up yourself :).