That i dont agree on that is lack of CHOICE.
I have also nothing against games released on Steam, actually. I totally oppose games released ONLY in Steam
Developers can release games anywhere they want, Desura, Steam, Humble Store - all is Ok. But a lot of developers is Saying "No, we will be Steam only" and not releasing games anywhere else. This is source of all problems. WHY i should be forced to use some obscure service that rents me games? Putting aside all technical questions just WHY i should rely on them?
I fully agree with you about choice. I also understand the annoyance of steam only games BUT you need to look at it from a devs point of view.
For a multiplayer game, the benefits of steamworks are huge, you get the matchmaking, persistent profiles, anti cheat that works and people are used to it. Add to that the beta testing, crash reports and the real time sales data its huge for devs.
Steam is of such a benefit to devs, and EVERY
game has to have multiplayer these days
I can only see the number of steam only game increasing. We need to show that we want choice, and that needs more people to buy IGS games that have multiple options over Steam only.
I get your annoyed by IGS saying they are going to do drm-free, but this is only the second game, and it is selling like hot cakes. From a business point of view, they would be silly to say no to games like Guns of Icarus.
I'd hate to think all this bloody complaining is going to make it harder for IGS to sell steam games. Thanks for constantly whining about a good thing.
Selling a steam game is good, but selling a steam only game isn't great for people that don't want to use steam, its the same as not selling a MAC or linux version. Its cutting off a decent, wealthy part of the player base.
I wonder if IGS had any stats on whether people download the files, use the steam key etc, and which is the most popular way of going about it. Over 6000 copies of Guns have been sold, yet there is only a handful of people posting on the forums about it, its kinda hard to jump in a talk about the game in such a hostile thread though. It would be interesting to see whether the IGS customers on a whole like DRMfree or Steam more. I am a big fan of numbers.