ORIGINAL: Ian R
This is better than Steam.
Not sure what could possibly make you think that, given that the Steam environment is about twenty years ahead of the Matrix system...
Simple, I can't update steam. If I can't update it, I can't use it. The update always craps out on me.
Steam can also shut down so no more games from them.
What is steam? Some sort of cloud thing you can't access in offline mode?
Steam is a software distributor, mostly for older games that the big software distributors do not want to carry any more. The idea is that you sign up with the company and download the client software that goes with your membership. Then you buy the games you want online at very reasonable rates (depending on how dated or popular they are) and you can download them at any time. The games have usually been modified to remove the old anti-piracy measures so you don't have to look up keywords or put in a serial number to get the game working.
As mentioned, you can save your game turns in your account (the cloud) or on your own computer. If the old game you want runs on DOS (pre-Windows), you can download a free DOS client that runs under Windows and lets you play the DOS game. It's a great way to play your old favorites without having to get an old floppy drive to load it up!
PS: GOG (Good Old Games) is another company similar to Steam.
Ok, I can set up config.sys files in dosbox that give me one-click run shorties with everything on board for that.
Not meaning to be disparaging, but it looks like they are monetising a dos shell that is available for free.
"You may find that having is not so nearly pleasing a thing as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true."
- Cdr Spock