@Bhruic: valid points and absolutely correct except for the last quote. My apologies for obviously not portraying my point more clearly.
For clarity, the point of my last paragraph is, rather than coming on Blues News and ranting on the forums, which accomplishes little, why not do something more about it? You don't like a product? Make your own or support a competitor, start a boycott. Don't like the laws? Get involved in politics and try to change them.
If you still feel it's childish, I would very much appreciate insight as to why you feel this way.
No, it's simply another specious post from a Valve lackey.
A nice example of preconceived notions and assumptions.
Would you like to see my collection of games? It's in the hundreds and goes back to 1990.
For the record, I've been playing games on the PC platform for about 18 years. I have about as much loyalty to a software developer/publisher as they have to their customers. At some point in time, I've received crappy service from all of them, and yes, I complained loudly. I have no love for Valve and clearly remember the travesty that was the half-life 2 release and being unable to authenticate my store bought copy. I used to pre-order every "blockbuster" that was coming out and have been subsequently burned enough to curb my enthusiasm and wait to see what the general consensus is before I buy. It has always been "buyer beware", and not just software.
I made the points I did simply to refute many of your "irrefutable" arguments, and also to make the point that, much like hardware, I go for the best price/performance ratio. I don't care if it's ATI/Nvidia, Valve/MS/whatever or Ford vs Chev. The question I ask is, am I getting value for my money and bang for my buck? The answer to that is undeniably yes with respect to the software licences I have bought to use valve software. Yes, like it or not, that's what we buy, a licence to use the product.
Do I like the way it is? Not particularly, and certainly there are large areas for improvement and things I'd like to see changed. I also don't disagree with everything you say, especially regarding broad based and generalized licencing agreements. However, I feel I still got my dollars worth out of valve, and overall my experience with their customer service has been positive. YMMV.
If you think that post is even reasonable let alone the best, that only demonstrates just how irrefutable my points on the subject are and how moronic you are.
Using personal attacks simply diminishes your credibility. Your arguments are based on many assumptions and a large dose of personal opinion, which you of course have the right to have and voice. That doesn't necessarily make them correct and a long ways from irrefutable. Lackey indeed lol.
The problem as I see it is that, for the most part, you're not really "listening" to what others are saying on this board, and the ones that you do listen to you summarily dismiss because "you are right".
Myself, I appreciate other people's opinions because it makes me examine my own and how I arrived at them. A different perspective is always welcome, whether I agree or not.
Now it's time for me to go play TF2. I've probably got more posts in this thread than in all of the other years I've been a member here, so I am done. Not that I don't come here often, I just don't usually say much