noman wrote on Sep 4, 2011, 02:25: I hope Steam will eventually end up as just a digital download store (like Amazon, Impulse, Direct2Drive or Origin) rather than a DRM mechanism coupled with the storefront.
It's great that EA is not bowing to Steam's rules, and it's even better that BF3 and ME3 will be available at all other retail and digital download places.
I agree, but publishers are incredibly sensitive about DRM. Despite the precedent set by Oblivion many big games are featuring ever more draconian restrictions. And prices still vary greatly from region to region. What I'd like to see is Valve and other stores force publishers to drop that crap and that is going to take a while. I still believe that Valve will drop all DRM - including their own - if publishers will allow it and if the market demands it... though I'm not expecting that to happen in the next 3-4yrs.