« on: December 15, 2012, 01:22:20 am »
Steam works because it's a categorizer, a store, inbuilt networking, social and patching platform all in one. I'm not much of a social player, but there's something to be said about logging in and seeing someone playing Torchlight 2, and thinking "Hey, that actually sounds fun right now." And being able to jump right into the game from there. (Ease of jumping depends on the game, of course.)
It's also the best of a bad world. Yes, there can be DRM. No, it's not mandatory. Steamworks is hardly even the worst offender. I like it for the integration, and the fact that to have access to all of my PC games, I have a single thing on my task bar to click. Rather than having to either a: dig through many terabytes of hdd space or b: spend hours setting up shortcuts to every game I have installed. And I have-- according to Steam alone and not anything not affiliated with it-- 193 games installed.
It's the PC equivalent of a console, I suppose. I don't have to faff about with setting things up, watching for patches, either cracking the game or finding the disc, trying to organise multiplayer with friends. It's all kind of there. GOG is great, yeah, but Steam is hardly bad. Also, I like me some AA and AAA games, and GOG doesn't really get involved with those.
For someone that likes to game in a bubble, most of that is pointless, sure. I don't, though. Even if I'm playing a single player game, I enjoy having access to things like the steam overlay. I've got a massive case of gamer ADHD, I'll freely admit.