Are you on team Steam, or are you a local copy kind of person?
I'm on both sides of the fence, but I find myself leaning towards the latter lately.
No matter how much money Valve makes, I still feel like they'll go the way of AOL and Myspace one day.
Or perhaps not.. Steam has been around in some form for over 10 years, an eternity in the software world. Users still enjoy frequent sales, access to the latest titles, and the vibrant social networking. Steam makes it easier for people to organize multiplayer games, and lets friends with like minded tastes stay in touch.
And you can't understate the growing popularity of esports, where Counter Strike and DOTA hold prestigious positions, both requiring Steam in order to play.
There are many other features I could go into with VR, automatic updates, good support for GNU/Linux(Gabe Newell uses Debian iirc), ect..
The bottom line: Steam is convenient, easy, and rules the market.
So I'm wondering, what makes it so desirable to leave the Steam client behind? My first argument was that your local games will always be yours so long as you maintain the data. Meaning you just need to avoid having the games deleted, and if your storage drive fails, have backups of your games.Post too long. Click here to view the full text.