From: European Union
steam is a good marketplace, and for ease of use it's good, but forums are poor and support can come down to the makers of the game in question, as steam doesn't support games, only the backbone, it can't update game, bugfix or sort out any issues with mostly any of it's games, without first going to the makers, if they are still going etc, support here is for years after purchase, and all patches are inclusive, meaning you only ever need to keep one, not all.
Obviously the game devs update and fix their games, but if the game is on Steam, then the update takes place automatically. The users don't have to worry if they have the latest version or to follow the forums ( not everyone's thing ) to know what's the current state of the game. I also like Steam because I have all the games in one place and I don't even have to have them all installed on the computer, to keep them in Steam library. This is a huge benefit, because if you change your machine, you don't need to worry about all the installers and key numbers. I was initially sceptical about Steam but now I can't live without it. I understand that probably Steam may not offer the best deals to the dev companies, but I think that thanks to it, the games get exposed to new audiences, which are not as dumb as you may think. The hardcore wargames like War in the East or Red Storm have pretty good reviews written by the Steam users.
For the moment I'm going to pass on Desert War, not that it doesn't look impressive, but I have a huge backlog of games in my Steam library Hopefully sooner or later DW will appear on Steam and then it will be an instant buy for me.
< Message edited by ivanov -- 3/22/2018 10:43:56 PM >
Lest we forget.