Rilcon wrote on Apr 25, 2019, 17:18:
I'm not sure when we collectively decided that buying a game off a retail store and then opening it to find just a Steam key, or a game installer that first installs Steam, was super OK.
I bought the game in a store, a physical copy, and the thing turns out to be 100% tied to Steam. I cannot play without steam, without installing their store, without having to log into their store and using their services and being tied to their terms of service and their extensive user and activity tracking. Even though it's a game on a disk I bought at a brick and mortar shop, it's a Steam exclusive and I now have to have Steam store on my system.
And we all have now decided that that was OK, but this, this isn't.
I think you're rewriting history. I'm fairly sure there were PLENTY of people bitching about that actual practice when it was happening. I know I was, because I had a 756k internet connection at the time, so downloading a game took literally four days. I was fucking PISSED when I could suddenly no longer buy games on disc.
So there were people bitching then. Just the same as there are now people bitching about the Epic store and their fucking exclusives. But just the same as there are now people choking on Tim Sweeney's dick in their throat, there were people then who were going "FUCK YEAH GAMES ON STEAM ONLY." There are always going to be people that love the shit the game industry pulls, as long as it's by THEIR preferred guy.
In the long run, the game industry does whatever the fuck it wants to do. It cares ZERO fucking percent about the customers, and in the end, if you want to keep playing games, you'll have no choice but to accept it. Or, you can stockpile tons of good single player games, and when the gaming industry finally goes Full Retard (It's getting pretty close), you just stop buying new games and play your 60000 hours of awesome old stuff you've got stashed away for just such an occasion.