Moving to Steam was one of the best things that ever happened for this game. Did I mention that online player counts peaked over 1000 at a single point in time after the recent $14 Steam sale?
Nobody has anything against them offering it on Steam.
What rightfully pisses people is that you are forced to use Steam.
At which point all he states here and more comes into play.
Quoting Twilight_Storm, reply 18Moving to Steam was one of the best things that ever happened for this game. Did I mention that online player counts peaked over 1000 at a single point in time after the recent $14 Steam sale?
Selling the game over Steam without the draconian DRM and TOS would have accomplished the same thing.
6. USER GENERATED INFORMATION
C. NO GUARANTEES.
NEITHER VALVE NOR ITS AFFILIATES GUARANTEE CONTINUOUS, ERROR-FREE, VIRUS-FREE OR SECURE OPERATION AND ACCESS TO STEAM, THE SOFTWARE, YOUR ACCOUNT AND/OR YOUR SUBSCRIPTIONS(S) OR ANY INFORMATION AVAILABLE IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.
C. Termination by Valve.
Valve may cancel your Account or any particular Subscription(s) at any time. In the event that your Account or a particular Subscription is terminated or cancelled by Valve for a violation of this Agreement or
improper (<-- WTF is that ) or illegal activity, no refund, including of any Subscription fees, will be granted.
Better than Steam lovers who poison the entire market with such a fundamentally wrong concept.
Or would you go to a car dealer and give him 10000 € for the permission to drive one of his cars? A permission he can revoke at ANY time without fear of any disadvantages for him? No, of course not. You may do that for 100 €... or even less.
For 10000 € you expect to own the car and to do with it whatever you please whenever you please. Of course you have to abide to the common sense and to the law, but thats about it.
Or to go back to games sold the classic way or at least games without steam or something similar.
I am a reasonable being. I do fully understand that the developer dont wants me to burn copies and give them to my friends for free or to upload it to the internet alltogether. That is a very reasonable wish and so I feel the need to honor it.
But as a developer, please do understand as well, that I have the same reasonable wish to own a copy. One that does work, long after Steam or Stardock (which I really hope I will never see of course!) has gone bankrupt.
Right now my only gurantee to play Sins Rebellion as long as I wish is
a. The way of illegal download
b. Stardocks continued existence... which is not guranteed to be eternal. (Again, I really like Stardock (after all I tolerated Steam just for you) and I really dont wish them anything harmful. But contrary to all our wishes they may go out of business one day. Imagine a car that stops working the moment the factory who is building it goes bankrupt. Sounds like a bad idea, huh? Especially if said car cost the same as a competitors car that has no such problems.
Let me get this very straight. I love Sins. I love Rebellion. But the rights I have on this game via Steam, are basically nonexistant.
For such little value, I am not ready to pay more than 2 Dollars for a new game - On release day.
I have no ill feelings against Valve, but I really wish that they go bankrupt one day. Because only then all those foolish Steam lovers would realize they did nothing more than rent the games they so silly refer to be bought on Steam.
And dont come me with "There will be a Non Steam patch" shit. For current games. yes, but for anything older than 1 year i would have very little hope. Ohh, but you could buy the successor - for just 60 €. Want the old game too... ohh just 120 €.
So for now... I can tolerate Steam.... but it leaves a bad feeling and I would congratulate Stardock on offering their game on Steam in the future... as it indeed brought a lot of sales and new people in. But please dont force it upon people who dislike it. You are considerable testing their patience..... not a wise thing to do to any customer.