I won't have a problem with steam if it does not do these things.
1: It better not spy on me. I hate spyware.
2: It better not force me to pay to play (monthly fee). I think this is what will eventually happen.
3: It better not try to verify my status every time I turn on my computer. It should do that only when I play the game online.
I don't mind paying for the game. I am really getting tired of software trying to take control of my computer. Doing things without my permission. And then having to download some other software I don't need to combat it.