I guess you need to think about what options there are. It seems like what you wish is a link in the internet where you can download a game from without having an account. This is, for obvious reasons, not possible in most cases.
Your assumption is completely contrary to my statements. I said - quite specifically - that
I'm opposed to requiring a connection to the company servers to install the game
I'm opposed to a DRM that stops my game from working because I've moved
I'm opposed to a purchasing a game that will not work if the distributor goes under
With my DW copy I have burned onto a CD, I lose nothing if Matrix goes under. If I move, my game still works. If I want to install it on a computer which specifically doesn't have any Internet connection, it works.
Personally I don't consider Steam a DRM.
That's the whole point of Steam. You later go on to argue that Steam's region pricing and region locking are fine - though those are key elements of DRM.
I suggest you jump into the Wikipedia talk page for Steam, as the first line describes it as DRM. Then contact the numerous game review sites that identify - pro or con - Steam as DRM. And contact Forbes, as their writer is identifying Steam as DRM.
I'm not sure what you consider DRM to be, but it's clearly contrary to that of most of the Internet.
There was a reason I used ""
Discussing on that does not much sense, lets stick to the other parts.
You also used "deny choice". But sure - I've pointed out the absurdity of your argument. Your argument is in tatters. Let's move on.
While I can't say that this is true or not it just makes sense. ... Yes, it can be a pain in the ass, especially between US and EU, but globally it is necessary.
Hold on - you said above that Steam is not DRM. Yet here you assert that there is a business need for DRM and that Steam's policies are reasonable.
If Steam isn't DRM - as you state above - what the heck IS it?
So my question to you: How would you like to buy your game? Why would you rather register on two small shops and buy the game there instead of buying the game in one big shop?
Registration of my game to purchase it is irrelevant. That I get the game is relevant.
That I am forced to maintain a relationship with the seller long after our transaction is done (such as Steam requires) - relevant.
That the seller requires the installation of software that invades my privacy - but which I must install to use my purchase - is relevant.
If I buy my car at the Ford dealership - my business is done with them from that point. I can get my car serviced where I wish. I can make modifications as I wish. If something I do is contrary to Ford's wishes, the stick they wield is negating my warranty - but the car still works, regardless. And if Ford goes out of business - my car continues to putter away so long as I maintain it.
Oh, and Ford doesn't snoop around my car whenever it wants. Ford doesn't get to see where I drive, what I do or how I use the car.
Why do you call the one DRM and not the other?
Is a CD-Key not a DRM for you?
Did I ever claim that a CD-key is not DRM? No. You're fabricating or attributing statements to me that I never made.
But yes, a CD-key is DRM. I'm not entirely opposed to DRM. It's the manner in which Steam enforces their DRM which I am opposed to.
And my initial question/statement still stands:
-The additional option of steam would make sense (even though Solops and Kayoz said that in this case the devs would lose them as customers).
-The current price is insane :P
If I have a choice, then fine - if I can choose to buy DW without Steam's spyware and unreasonably restrictive DRM, then I have no complaint. If DW is release exclusively with Steam's spyware - then I'll take my business elsewhere. Though by your previous statements, I'm somehow imposing my choice on others...
As to DW pricing - only Erik Rutlins can answer that. I've already commented on my belief that (Matrix) they aren't helping themselves with their current pricing. But it's a free market.
I was hoping for speculations like the one from WiZz It's possibility to set inadequate price for their games. Steam sets clear gradation for game pricing..
Pricing and revenue split are aspects that Steam is quite silent on. I suspect that Matrix's decision not to use Steam's service has more to do with those policies - which are not published and all companies seem to be bound to NDA with.
But again - you'd have to take it up with Erik. We can only speculate.
< Message edited by Kayoz -- 5/31/2012 4:13:36 AM >
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