Zoraptor Posted June 27, 2017 Share Posted June 27, 2017 One feature Steam has that most others don't is the community. There are groups, achievements, trading cards(which aren't the same anymore), Steam greenlight(which isn't what most people thought it would be but hey...) and Steam Workshop(which is a great idea that has its own share of flaws in execution). I don't know how good GOG Galaxy works but one reason it was introduced was that it wanted to attract people that are into community features. I am not sure if you can do both 100% DRM free and the 'optional client' thing at the same time. [..] Meh, all those features are about lock in primarily, and Greenlight doesn't exist any more having been replaced by Steam Direct. Plus it was near universally disliked. The monetisation attempt made it clear why Workshop was established, and it wasn't to benefit modders nor mod users but to monetise something which was previously free- Valve even wanted a cut larger than the modders themselves would get. The stuff which would really benefit customers as opposed to Valve always gets short shrift, hence the mess that is their support, curation etc. It's outsourced to the community or woefully under resourced. (As long as you keep the client optional you can do DRM free and a client fine, you just choose to run the game through the client or direct from the exe. Multiplayer and DRM free, that's more difficult though) Where else would I get a replacement for my Eye of the Beholder 2 disks? HOTU? I mean, it and similar were where everyone used to get their old abandoned game fix before GOG. I like GOG, but a lot of their old games are just DOSBOX bundles. This is only easy to say because you know it won't happen, nobody said or is acting like Valve is the savior to PC gaming but it's more ignorant to act like PC gaming would be anything without Steam. You do realize that you just contradicted yourself in the same sentence? Steam isn't Valve and I never said that Valve saved PC gaming so no, I didn't. However, PC gaming is where it's at because of Steam, whether people want to admit that or not, that's up to them. The difference in meaning between 'Valve not saving PC gaming' and 'PC gaming not being anywhere if Valve weren't involved' is minimal. It's also incorrect, Valve did nothing unique except force people to use steam if they wanted to play HL2, and that's the sum total of it. I bought my first download game 4 years before HL2, and download Doom and the like were even older. Starting off with 4 million forced subscriptions gave Steam critical mass. Per top, everything since then has been Embrace, Extend, Extinguish, just as Gabe learned at MS. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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