Riley, you're both insane and in desperate need of a hobby...
The integration of Steam is MUCH more than just an authentication change from its previous games.
Yeah, I know. I said it was authentication, automatic patching, a small store, and then whatever minor logging Valve does. Given that Steam is running in the background right now, eating all of 4.5 mb of memory and using no cycles I think it's fair to say that Steam only logs shit when I'm actually using it for something. Until there's any evidence to the contrary we have no reason to assume that Valve is stealing all sorts of fucking random useless (to them) information.
I would rather Valve not have "supported" its older games by forcing customers to install and run its unreliable, restrictive, and invasive bloatware just so it could have a captive audience to which to market and sell its future crapware.
You calling Steam names (bloatware, crapware) doesn't make it so, Rilemeister. Idle and in the background steam eats 4.5 mb of memory (not that you'd know, given that it would certainly eat your soul were you to install it) and zero cpu cycles. It doesn't phone home, it doesn't deploy root kits or trojans or fucking do anything but wait for me to open a window..
That's all, huh? LOL! Users already have web browsers. They don't need Steam.
Yes! That's all it fucking does! Show me otherwise and I'll believe you, but given that you don't even USE this software I'm certain that you're totally incapable of that... And as for the 'web browser' it's fucking windows functionality, if you don't like programs to open up explorer windows to browse content then switch OS's, Valve is just using the features of the OS they support, it's an easy way to serve content to their clients.
Neither you nor I knows the extent of the data collected.
But no, that's far too logical. Lets assume Valve is stockpiling this information for some kind of massive information rollout, in which they decrypt their address information and steal our posessions in the middle of the night...
While we're at it, we beter assume Amazon, Ebay, paypal, and every other fucking electronic retailer (better include the CC companies and banks here) is working on the same master plan. Lock up our assets, time to invest in those liberty dollars, for truely these are the end times!
Steam is a purchase system and the whole thing is tied to individual accounts and their associated information. Anonymous, my ass! You must have your head up Valve's ass to believe Steam is anonymnous.
The data they collect re: system information is. It's fair to assume they keep all of it anonymous, for their puproses the user information is TOTALLY useless. BTW, you still haven't provided a motive for Valve's alledged data mining, why is it I should be worried about this crap? Simply because they 'could'? That's what I thought.. logic has no grounds here, apparently...
Most if not all other games which use a third-party service like Gamespy to handle the multiplayer support get lifetime support from that service. If Half-Life 1 had been designed to use Gamespy, Valve could not have pulled the plug on its existing users and forced Steam upon them. There is nothing stellar about Valve's support of its older games. The only times they have been updated is to integrate Steam and to correct bugs in Steam and Steam support. With other games, such patches have not been necessary and there are certainly games which still work online which are older than Valve's.
Jesus you're a god damn idiot. First of all, until recently gamespy didn't even fucking do any authentication services. Back when HL was released Gamespy was just a server browser, and dedicated most of its bandwidth to running the various game 'planets'. At any rate, even if gamespy was doing the server authentication (which Valve would have to pay for) there'd be nothing stopping gamespy from logging the same data... and I'd be very surprised if they didn't!
As for Valve's support record, name one other game company that was adding to and patching a game for as long as Valve was. They released TFC and a dm mod for HL 1, along with numerous code updates which amounted to a total rewrite of the networking code since the original release. They held events for the mod community and even dedicated vast amounts of their time documenting their tools so that the mod community could get the most out of them (something unheard of at the time, good luck learning WorldCraft before valve stepped up).
I could go on, but why bother. You'll still just pretend that Valve's support is shitty.. never cite any evidence.. merely proclaim it is so and move on (just like what you did when calling Steam "bloatware").
Steam has advertisements, and some such as the ones which appear in the download windows (and are served from www.steampowered.com/platform/banner/ and steam.hypernia.net/steam*) cannot be turned off using Steam.
I just fuckin opened steam and looked through every window. The only one with any 'advertisements' is the "Store" window which lists the games they sell. Are they not allowed to use banners for that? Are we supposed to pretend it's 1994 and go text only? Even their news page (http://www.steampowered.com/v/index.php?area=news)
is ad free... STFU and stop spreading your fucking FUD.
Steam's tracking IS invasive and worst still is that you can't turn it off at least not completely and/or legally.
You can say it "IS" in all caps all you want, but that doesn't make it so. Provide some fucking evidence and some of us here might start taking you seriously, douche.
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