Fair points. Just remember, a big part of what we do is to feature indie games, and this feature is about the game. In a sense, we're always a middle man, between the game developers and the people who purchase (support) and play (experience) those games. This is our second Steam-only feature in over 100 games (the first being Guns of Icarus), and again with this title, the only reason why no direct download is available is because the game simply does not have a stand-alone client. Should that ever change, you can expect it will probably make its way here, as do Steam keys when they are released for previously sold titles.
Thank you. I do appreciate and respect that IGS Has so far been good about making very few Steam only selections.. I even indirectly acknowledged that in the original post. That is why I am and remain a customer of IGS. IGS has been very good about changing things as new avenues open up. I apologize if my post seemed directed at IGS, when it was intended more as a response to seeing so many indie outlets pushing that direction. For example what has been seen clearly in the changes with Humble Bundle's network in the last 3 months alone with how often they tack on that disclaimer of
"Please Note: All of the games are only available via Steam "
to each new promotion they run.
I simply express, when it became a relevant point to express, to the IGS community that It would be very regrettable for that already struggling minority trying to resist Steams influence (or really any of the big boys like EA, MS, Sony, etc for that matter) and still be gamers to not have to watch yet another of their dwindling gaming sources fall under anti competitive, anti consumer influences.
So I was not trying to make it sound like IGS had done anything wrong. Quite the contrary. What I was trying to express is that IGS is far too important to the minority of people who take exception to steam. In that you and all of your staff have my and many others gratitude for being such a great alternative.
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I've never had any problem with it,....
you actually fall into a small minority.
Now the last thing I want to do is start up some anti steam debate. There is no point to try to debate opinions. If you want the answer I will provide my personal reasoning, but I am simply stating my reasoning, not trying to invalidate the reasoning of others for their support of steam.
As I put forth in the first post, you are never the only one and between GOG, IGS, Humble, Indie royal/Desura, groupees, Shiny loot, and all the various indie platforms that survive and thrive off the strength of people who do in fact take exception to Steam for one reason or another, that minority, while still a minority is no where near as small as it might seem.
Others have hit on some of my issues with steam like the fact that even as benign as it might seem, it still is a form of DRM. As for other reasoning there are plenty to chose from. Making demands of its customers that it has no legal ground to make. The damage it is doing to digital distribution by trying to transform products into subscriptions. Holding your purchased content hostage to demand your compliance to their terms. Changing their rules on the fly and applying them retroactively to agreements long since completed. The fact that with their "license" philosophy every purchase one makes through them automatically has less value than physical or DRM free copies of products yet is priced the same or even higher. Their ridiculous pricing internationally. Their offensive pricing that keeps base prices higher than MSRP specifically so their "awesome sales" seem like a much greater value than they actually are. Steam is far less benign than the general gaming public thinks or even cares to consider and through their industry dominance they not only effect their own customers, but their choices, good or ill effect ALL game consumers and developers because what they do quickly becomes industry standards that every other outlet has to get in line with or struggle to resist.
That just names a prominent few. That is in no way dismissive of those who chose to utilize steam. To each their own. Again I have simply stated the reasons for my position on steam. I did not come to these conclusions lightly. I came to them through experience, observation, and research, so I will not debate the merits or validity of those positions. As I said I simply state them because you directly quoted me from a position of not understanding someone would say something in dissent of Steam when you feel they are benign. Not saying you are wrong, I am simply showing where and how I disagree nothing more and I leave it at that.