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Anti-Steam Petition

Discussion in 'Civ5 - General Discussions' started by techathon, May 7, 2010.

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  1. AvatarLDI

    AvatarLDI Chieftain

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    I will not buy it if it means having Steam on my computer. Had one game with Steam on my last computer, (Half-Life2), it forced me to be logged into Steam even when I was running other programs, wasting memory. Annoying pop up everytime I started my computer, forcing me to log on. I quit playing the game and uninstalled it just to try to get rid of Steam, but like a virus it was in the registry and I had a hell of a time getting all that Steam crap off that computer and am convinced it contribued to destroying my hard drive on that computer, since my problems only started when I tried to remove Steam. Never again! I will stick to my Civ4 game. Never play online anyway, don't need Steam's crap on my computer, for me it was like trying to get rid of a virus.
     
  2. Raneman

    Raneman Warlord

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    You haven't even seen what steam can do. I feel like I'm watching a little kid pick up Fallout and calling it "Bad, like... Diablo 2 bad."
     
  3. AvatarLDI

    AvatarLDI Chieftain

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    I saw what it could to to my computer, that was enough. For me it has no redeeming qualities, has nothing to offer me that I want. By the way, I loved Fallout and Diablo 2, and I didn't need Steam screwing up my computer to play them.
     
  4. The Turk

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    Agreed! I REALLY hope civ V doesn't become one of those games where they force you to pay much more to get a newer "update", I really do not like DLC, and I hope it doesn't spread to Civ V, because that would just ruin everything
     
  5. SammyKhalifa

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    Obviously a lot of people are going overboard with the anti-Steam talk. But even worse to me is the counter-argument of "if you don't like Steam you must be STOOOOOOPID." It hardly helps your cause. There are a lot of people that have issues with it, and I doubt every single one of them conjured their gripes out of thin air, for no reason except that they wanted to be ticked about something. Until you accept some of the complaints as legitimate and coming from Intelligent, reasonable people, you sound as bad as them to my ears.

    Personally, I tried Steam, didn't really have any use for it, and had a heck of a time running things when it was on my old system. People say it's better now. That's probably true, but I really wasn't high on my list of things to try again just to get a SINGLE PLAYER GAME to run.
     
  6. MaxCiv

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    It won't happen overnight, but you can see the "writing on the wall" already. Go in in any "brick and mortar" EB games store or similar. How big is the shelf space for boxed PC games? Even the freaking PSP games are given more shelf space than PC games. That's the harsh reality.

    Regarding your CD analogy, you are totally off. The music industry has always been opposed to digital distribution, the only exception being iTunes.

    Wrong! They are 2 groups that have a big overlap, that's all. I don't buy music (CD or digital) and I know lots of people who has literally thousands of cd's and records and never owned a computer.

    You really have no idea about software development, do you? Do you think that work on Civ 5 and Steamworks integration started last week? For a retail release of september, the game HAST TO BE pretty much done now. It is probably going through internal beta for bug fixing and balancing.

    If you think that even if the wanted to remove Steamwork from the game today, they could "easily" do it and release it in september you are very naive.

    Do you really think that the people saying they won't buy the game (assuming they will actually won't) on these or other forums will make any relevant financial difference? Civ games sold millions around the world and most of those who will buy the game don't even know or care what Steam is. Even if 90% of the users here won't buy it, it will have less than 0.01% impact on the overall sales.

    Good luck with your petitions and boycotting!
     
  7. ori

    ori Repair Guy Super Moderator

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  8. Greybriar

    Greybriar Prince

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    From the 2K Forums:

    This gamer won't be activating through Steam. You just lost a Civ5 sale plus a lost sale for each of its future expansions (unless they are standalone and don't require Steam).
     
  9. xenobiotic

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    It only has to be running when you are playing the steam game, not other programs and it uses minimal memory. Your antivirus likely uses more. When you don't have friends running, steam does very little in the background.

    See, points like this make me think anti steam people have never used the program. Or have you just never opened an options menu?

    Every computer program leaves stuff in the registry after uninstall.

    Strong evidence behind this claim. You're 'convinced' are you? LOL. Trying to get rid of a virus? The two are not remotely analogous. Once you uninstall steam the simple way it will never have any deleterious effects on your computer. PERIOD.
     
  10. need my speed

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    The point is, why should we have Steam in the first place? It still takes too much memory. AvatarLDI is right with the popups, I experienced them too although I'm sure it can be turned off. We choose to buy computer games (or acquire them another way), we didn't choose to use Steam. I can't comment on the last post.
     
  11. Buccaneer

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    Why not go with just an eLicense? You buy the game online and download it. Get the activation key (like with many downloadable software) and then play. Once it has the key, there is never any reason to have an active internet connection.
     
  12. Akka

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    The very point making these protection useless, is that they are MORE of a hassle for honest consumers than... less honest means.

    "path of least resistance", does this ring a bell ?
    That's the problem with useless and annoying protection, they really ARE counter-productive, because they fight something by rising the incentive to use it. Go figure.
     
  13. Sciguy001

    Sciguy001 CiV Great Scientist (duh)

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    There's not reason to argue about something that's being argued in like 100 other places in this forum.

    /sign
     
  14. need my speed

    need my speed Rex Omnium Imperarium

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    I don't really know why you're quoting me, but, that's what I've been saying. :p
     
  15. xenobiotic

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    Right, the guy with a gandalf avatar and 6.5K posts on a gaming site knows how to maximize revenue better than the execs at 2K and other publishing companies. :rolleyes:

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  16. Akka

    Akka Moody old mage.

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    Well, you say they'll end up buying it. I say they'll find a way that requires less hassle.
    Wow, some random nobody trash talk me on the Internet because he's run out of anything intelligent to say (since his first post, obviously).
    I'm hurt. Especially by the depth and relevance of your argument. No, really.

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  17. xenobiotic

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    I was only pointing out how ludicrous it is for gamers to claim they know better than 2K how to make money.

    Also that post made no sense.
     
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    Yeah, you do have a point and you SHOULD be right (and by that, I mean that companies are supposed to know better than the random citizen, sadly, that isn't always true). But Akka does make sense, he simply turns the argument around, although in a (slightly) offensive matter. Then again, the part about Gandalf and 6500 posts could be found offensive too.
     
  19. Tlalynet

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    Even if the losses due to requiring steam are small, what do the pro-steamers think the actual gains will be? Do they believe requiring steam will greatly reduce piracy? It seems that the only pirates it would actually stop would be the people who love the game so much they want it asap but disrespect the game so much they would pirate it day one given the chance. Its kind of a strange combination of motives, but anyone else who would pirate will still just pirate.

    Its losing a small amount of customers to gain a tiny amount of customers. For anti-piracy measures to really work they would have to actually prevent piracy, not just day one piracy either but actually prevent unlicensed players from playing the game. If 2K for any reason doesn't see that its their mistake. Arguing that its their job so obviously they are perfect at is is nonsense xenobiotic.
     
  20. Iceciro

    Iceciro Special Ability: Decimate

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    I'm just going to copy this from the other thread because it 1) awnsers your question and 2) I'm too lazy to retype this.

    2k/Firaxis realise that games have been moving into an ever-evolving social network type of deal since we used to invite friends over to play Atari with the second controller. Just because you do not move in this direction doesn't mean the majority of gaming isn't. And it doesn't mean that a feature-rich system that supports this that doesn't cost a publisher/developer time and money working on it is not a good deal for said publisher/developer.

    Do you know what Steamworks gets those of you who don't play MP/want a community/to play with friends? It gets you development time on things you do care about - AI, an entirely new graphics engine, a program that can use multiple cores to increase turn times, brand now subsystems. That's right boys and girls, development time costs MONEY and is LIMITED. They can't just hold back a game until it's ready to release, at some point it has to produce revenue. So by adding Steamworks they can focus that time on things that yes, even you, will enjoy. So don't say Steamworks brings you nothing.

    The game needs to have these things wether you use them or not - because people like me and my Civ playing friends use them, and as stated, gaming is fast becoming a SOCIAL activity. The limited people here who do not use friends lists or a community are not the majority anymore, and companies will do what is in their best interests to sell/entice the majority of customers. Firaxis and 2k do what is in their best business interests. Even Sid Meier knows he can't make games unless they're profitable, nice guy as Sid is.
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    Yeah, that's right, all of you people who don't use social networking when you game? Still getting something out of Steamworks indirectly. Please stop being so short-sighted.
     
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