Comments on: Retail threatening to ban Steam http://www.manapool.co.uk/retail-threatening-to-ban-steam/ Independent PC Game Reviews & Guides Mon, 14 Aug 2017 03:31:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Jon O http://www.manapool.co.uk/retail-threatening-to-ban-steam/#comment-379 Tue, 20 Dec 2011 06:22:16 +0000 http://www.manapool.co.uk/?p=821#comment-379 Didn’t Microsoft have to offer a choice of internet browsers (Chrome, Opera etc) in their Windows packages because it was claimed they were *pushing* their own browser (Explorer) on consumers? If that can happen to Microsoft I see no reason why retailers can’t demand a similar thing of Steam. Of course, they would first have to banish the SSA to the pits of HELL!

When I buy a retail game (physical copy) I want the choice to tie it to a client, or not. The SSA (Steam Subscribers Agreement) rubs me the wrong way, and I’d like to see the back of it. The best thing for consumers is *choice* and the SSA removes any kind of choice. I actually don’t mind using Steam, or GWFL. Unfortunately I’m often *forced* to use one or the other, or *both* in some cases.

That doesn’t sit well with me. Microsft should make GFWL optional on their titles, and the SSA simply shouldn’t exist. They both (GFWL and Steam) fail as DRM, and fail as anti-piracy options for publishers/developers, so what’s the use? Networking, matchmaking, and multiplayer? That’s GREAT! Let me choose which I’ll use. Tie them all to dedicated servers for the games.

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By: william kendrick http://www.manapool.co.uk/retail-threatening-to-ban-steam/#comment-378 Fri, 25 Nov 2011 04:34:47 +0000 http://www.manapool.co.uk/?p=821#comment-378 @trebs
so do you like whining like a little girl?
steam is beast. we dont care what you think.

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By: Andross http://www.manapool.co.uk/retail-threatening-to-ban-steam/#comment-377 Wed, 09 Mar 2011 14:56:01 +0000 http://www.manapool.co.uk/?p=821#comment-377 They shouldn’t moan about it. They should just keep up what they’re doing (internetless people should buy the games in stores). And the digital age is getting popular, but they should keep up with the DVD media games. The current consoles in 2011 use blu-ray and DVD for now.
The steam games we have aren’t rented, they’re paid for and downloaded, so it’s basically the game without the disc.

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By: trebs http://www.manapool.co.uk/retail-threatening-to-ban-steam/#comment-376 Sat, 27 Nov 2010 00:42:04 +0000 http://www.manapool.co.uk/?p=821#comment-376 So, Steam fanboys, do you enjoy your rented video games?

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By: Evil Tactician http://www.manapool.co.uk/retail-threatening-to-ban-steam/#comment-375 Thu, 25 Nov 2010 22:43:01 +0000 http://www.manapool.co.uk/?p=821#comment-375 @Gavin – Doh. Fixed – thank you for pointing that out. Not sure how I managed to typo the exact same thing twice in a row…

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By: Gavin http://www.manapool.co.uk/retail-threatening-to-ban-steam/#comment-374 Thu, 25 Nov 2010 20:41:01 +0000 http://www.manapool.co.uk/?p=821#comment-374 “Major UK retailers are not afraid that Steam” – did you mean “now” ?
“Some retailers are not preparing their own competing services” – Did you mean “now” here too?

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By: Evil Tactician http://www.manapool.co.uk/retail-threatening-to-ban-steam/#comment-373 Thu, 25 Nov 2010 17:20:06 +0000 http://www.manapool.co.uk/?p=821#comment-373 The only retail game I bought recently I bought in the knowledge that it fully integrated with Steam. I would not have bought the game if this had not been the case.

So you are both quite right – only the retailers are going to lose out here. I certainly will not buy any games from retailers or publishers who refuse to sell their games through the digital distribution platforms of MY choice. Stardock is a good example – I really don’t like Impulse so I rather miss out on their games, since they refuse to sell them through alternative channels.

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By: Alratan http://www.manapool.co.uk/retail-threatening-to-ban-steam/#comment-372 Thu, 25 Nov 2010 17:08:27 +0000 http://www.manapool.co.uk/?p=821#comment-372 I can understand their desire to curb such games to an extent, as they are promoting a direct competitor by selling games which run on Steam. They fear that players will see Steam and start selling games from there, and no longer shop at that particular retailer. The flaw is, of course, that this way guarantees that customers don’t buy games from them (as they can’t), whereas otherwise it is a mere possibility.

I don’t think any customer is really going to miss out on the game because retailer X doesn’t have it, as even if all real-world retailers cease stocking Steam games, digital retailers probably won’t, and Steam certainly won’t. Only the retailers lose, in this example: as long as the customer still buys the game, the publisher still makes a sale.

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By: Dree http://www.manapool.co.uk/retail-threatening-to-ban-steam/#comment-371 Thu, 25 Nov 2010 16:32:30 +0000 http://www.manapool.co.uk/?p=821#comment-371 I don’t know what’s up with all the Steam hate all of a sudden. Valve’s an awesome company, and frankly one of the few remaining companies I still respect in the gaming industry. It’s not like they hold a monopoly on digital distribution. I won’t be buying from these counter-productive publishers making a stink over Steam.

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