I can see how people really like to use steam and for some they even save money on their games.
Still, I personally haven't found it to be all that useful and aren't all that psyched to see a third party game like DoW2 tied so tightly to it. I'd rather just get a good deal on a game and be done with it. Once I've played a game a good amount of time, the DVD is shelved, sold or given away. I rarely reinstall.
Seeing things like L4D being sold for $50 and the implication of selling content that arguably should have been there in the beginning leaves me wondering about the future of steam games if they become the only PC game distribution system in town. If more companies like THQ embrace steam and make it "exclusive" (i.e. you must use steam), I can only imagine what will happen if EA starts taking this to the next level. Valve seems to be bad enough with their pricing.
BTW: gogamer.com has DoW2 for $44.90 and amazon has it for $46.99, with a release date of 2/18. BUT, if the retail store copy requires steam... does this mean that someone who has payed for and installed it on 2/18 or 2/19 has to wait for the 2/20 steam activation??? That would suck.
This comment was edited on Feb 5, 2009, 19:33.