To be honest, I don't understand TBS and Civ enthusiasts claiming that they won't by Civ V. Actually, I don't believe the claim either - I'd bet most of you will in the end buy Civ V anyway. To me it feels stupid to skip a great came (if it turns out to be one, that is) just because of a move by 2K that is bad from their producer point of view.
To recap, I understand and agree with
1) Brad thinking the move by 2K is stupid
2) Brad not going to mod for Civ V as a statement (still have a hunch that he might buy and play it, depends on does his businessman or tbs-gamer side win)
3) Impulse not selling in-house games on Steam and vice versa
4) Steam trying to get deals such as this one with 2K
5) Steam's business model in general being very successful and making sense (even though I don't like it)
6) Stardock's business model in general being very successful and making sense (and I like it too, until they get the monopoly and become the monster Brad keeps talking about)
7) Consumers here not being happy with this news, even though it doesn't really affect their lives all that much
What I do not understand is
1) Consumers here saying they will skip a game they would love and have been waiting for years just because it is only available from store X
2) Why it's so hard to understand that it's 2K who is at fault here, not Valve, and that this isn't a consumer issue, but rather a producer issue
If games being released as Steamworks-exclusive becomes commonplace, this will be a big problem for us consumers. However, I'm not going to sacrifice not playing Civilization V just because of some possible future scenario. I let Stardock (and other publishers) fight the good fight for me, and I will always support Impulse over Steam when possible. But let's be real here, we're talking about Civ V, not some random average game we can live without.