Static: you are a total moron. The reason behind steam is to give 100% of the money paid for the product to the DEVELOPER as opposed to Vivendi/Havas/Universal/Sierra/"Evil-Dog-Empire-of-Satan".
The average developer, if they are *lucky*, gets ~$6 per unit sold. On a $50 game. Publishers get around $30, and the retailer gets, through a series of insane funny-business with "product placement charges," around 10-15 bucks.
This comes from direct experience with the insanity known as the Developer-publisher-retail "relationship."
These are the people that worked on the game, not some "money grubbing dicks." I find it insanely insensitive, moronic, and showing a complete and utter lack of understanding of (1) how the distribution channel works, and (2) how much developers get SCREWED by publishers and storefronts.
Hint: Steam is nothing compared to what the credit card companies know about you. Want to bitch about something? Bitch about how AmEx and Visa sell your purchasing profile to everyone under the sun without your knowledge or consent, rather than griping about how people who worked their asses off for the past five years are making sure that they get paid for their hard work and time spent away from their families working on a damn game.
Quit being such an ignoramus. You're basically bitching about how you can't jack your neigbors car because he installed an alarm in it.
This comment was edited on Nov 24, 04:10.