you know what, I think I'll just copy paste what I said from a thread a couple days ago:
You want everything to be sold through Walmart, cause it's simpler to just buy from Walmart.
Clicking a different icon on your desktop is not a bridge too far. Having a 100mb app on your 3TB hard drive isn't reason to boycott.
There's no good reason to buy a Uplay game on steam, and they SHOULD stop doing it. But as the market has spoken, there's enough people out there who say: "I only buy games through steam" to make it worth their while.
Steam takes a cut comparable to a publisher. 30% of gross is a lot. if the developer's profit is only 50% of gross (other 50% is development costs, marketing etc.), steam takes literally more (30%) than the actual game developers get (20%).
And for this fee, they:
A) don't pay for any development of the game
B) don't pay for any marketing or advertising of the game besides appearing in the steam store.
C) don't even pay the pennies required to host the damn game for download, that still goes through Uplay.
and for all of that, you now have 2x DRM programs you have to have launched simultaneously to play your game. It's ridiculous. And the only reason it still exists is because people say: "I only shop at Walmart".
And don't even get me started on the hypocracy with Steam. They sued their publisher (Vivendi) in a 4-year legal battle for the right to sell their own shit in their own store, without a 3rd party taking a huge cut. Sound familiar? And guess what? People were up in arms about it. "I have to download some online DRM to play the single-player HalfLife 2?! Are you fucking kidding me!? People had torches and pitchforks and were out for GabeN's head on a pike. Now they revere Steam like it's a religion, and are armed to the teeth in opposition to any other developer selling their own games on their own store. How hilariously circuitous.
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