The biggest victom in all this is the hard drive used to store this thread on.
What about the hard drive that steam writes to?
Where do I get to choose what files, maps and models I have?
Most games directories become quite big and as I download extra content and custom maps. When I get bored with them I save then to CD and delete them.
Steam locks everything down inside it's own virtual harddrives ( those massive files in the steam game directory ). You have no idea what is where and have no control over their size or location. You can't safely delete one because you don't know if it holds a file that's needed by something else.
Steam is all about giving Valve total control over their game on your machine. They have the power to update it, lock it, delete it, fuck it up completely, make their files grow until you run out of disk space and if it's your system disk you may end up screwed because your machine won't reboot.
You steam fans bent over and said 'take me, I'm yours' when you clicked next on that EULA. Valve has no responsibility over what they download to your machine or the effect of that download.
Steam is so close to Spyware there is no point discussing it.http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&lr=&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&oi=defmore&q=define:Spyware
And as for calling it MalWare, it could be, if steam is ever hacked ( Valve don't have a good record on security
) then all you suckers sucking on valves steam pipe will find out exactly what malware can do.
Steam is a back door to your computer and you're all trusting Valve with the key. I pity you for being so naive, and for wanting this as the future for gaming on the PC I damn you.
If Steam doesn't die the horrible death it deserves then I think more and more people will switch to consoles for gaming. I use my computer for more than just games and I value my security and don't trust any software house enough to give them a back door onto 'MY' computer.