I don't even need to run an extra application, pardon, DRM client, to install or run already bought software.
Quoting StormbringerGT, reply 177Reading all this discussion about steam reminds about when DVD's started taking over VHS tapes. Man those poor VHS people were super pissed.
I'm not knocking on people who won't/can't use steam. They have their reasons, which are valid to them even if they don't make sense to us. It is their CHOICE not to use steam (or as some people just can't due to internet restrictions).
However like those people who refused to support DVD due to their choices, they will find their choice of products ever shrinking.
Your analogy is somewhat off the mark, I'll fix that for you.
Since you like DVDs, what if the next Iron Man movie was not available on regular DVD but only on a downloadable DVD ISO file, downloadable only from one network distributor, downloadable only by said network distributor's download client and in order to view it, you would need to have said network's client running parallel and ON-LINE to your DVD playback application (agreed, last one doesn't apply to all games).
Sound's crazy, huh ?
Our choice of products is not shrinking at all, our choice of getting these products however, is another matter entirely.
Signing on with Steam is signing an ever-changing agreement. You have zero control over your purchase.
Purchase? What purchase? When I buy a book, a piece of furniture or any other kind of object, I am the owner of that object. What it means to be an owner of an object? It means I can use it whenever I want without having to ask permission from anyone.
When you are not free to use something that you bought when you want, and you also have to ask permission to use it, you're not the owner of that object. Means that the properties of that object is a hostage in the hands of someone else. In short, it means that you are not the REAL owner of what you have purchased. A game bought on Steam is a game that gives you permission to play, but not yours.
And these are not just my opinions ... This was the opinion and philosophy of Stardock until recently time. And I had always applauded the Stardock for this... until now.
if I can not be the owner of something then the price for that thing should not even be what I would pay for owning it 100%
In fact, I have games on Steam ... all purchased when they are on offer.
I do not ever pay full price for NOT be the REAL OWNER of something.
the "Golden Age" of the consumer rights for Stardock was when I bought Galactic Civilizations II : digital download +
delivery to my house of the physical copy of the game. Finally, NO need internet connection to activate the game. That was a good period!
Internet is a good thing (fantastic, wonderful, amazing!), But civilization is moving more and more into an era of "or you connect to the Internet or no longer exist as a human being" ... just think that in Italy I can not give any university exam if I do not register online, even if I try to register PHYSICALLY in place.
When a technology becomes something which there are no alternatives (for example if the books were to be completely replaced by digital versions downloadable from the internet each time requiring authentication or connection to read them online) then it is not "progress", but retraction of civilization.
I apologize for the "philosophical digression".