And steam having an offline mode..... nullifies most arguments
Not really, because you still have to have steam running to play, and you have to go online to switch to offline so that makes any argument in favor of steam's offline mode moot.
This isn't any different.
Impulse was a first party downloader that only needed to run IF I chose to run it. If I chose not to run it, I didn't have to, and I could uninstall it and suffer no ill effects. Someone go right on ahead and show me that you can uninstall steam and still play Rebellion like I could with Impulse and the other versions and I'll think about getting it.
Time to get with the times I say
This has nothing to do with getting with the times. I don't have a problem with Digital Distribution (I bought Sins from the store and both expansions on Impulse, I had to buy the expansions for my C&C games through EA's online store and DD service), nor with copy protections (Starforce, SecuRom, CDs/DVDs in the drive, Serial codes, Registrations, etc. have never given me any problems that couldn't be sorted out), nor even with someone trying to make a buck at my expense (I do buy a lot of stuff, I am a working adult with two kids, girls who like to have a lot of stuff). I do have a problem with having two accounts locked out of Steam for no other reason then 'modding of game files' for personal enjoyment and preventing steam from 'fixing' them by reverting them back to the originals so that I can keep my modded files and enjoy my game play experience they way I felt it should have been from the beginning. Granted this was in the early days of Steam and they've probably become much better at dealing with this, but no one can't sit there and tell me they'd be okay with buying a few games through them and never being able to play them again because someone on Valve's end couldn't 'Get with the times' and just assumed that all such activities were indications of being a hacker and a pirate and took away all of your games because of it. Not just once, twice. Even to this day they will not go back and revisit the issue, they just say, "our decision was final then, it still is now." even though by current standards they would probably publish those changes and try to make more money off of them. Some of you guys have 100's of games through them. How would you feel if one day they said, "Nope! You're done, go play somewhere else."? Would you just accept it and get on with life, or would you be majorly pissed that you've spent thousands of dollars on stuff that you no longer can enjoy because of some asshat in an office decided you're out? I gave them a second chance and got treated the same way the second time through. The most peaceful of you would take my approach. I will not buy from Valve or use any of their stuff anymore. The rest of you would probably bitch and moan and rant about it and try to convince everyone you know never to use them. I just say I won't use them, I don't give a rat's ass what you do. You using them or not is none of my concern.
Another thing to consider is that Brad has stated that the move to Steam is to improve multiplayer with player rankings, ladders, auto matchmaking, yet from everything I've been told, Steam has nothing to do with the multiplayer outside of selling more copies of the game to increase player counts... Which they did with Trinity simply by selling it on Steam. There's no ladders, there's no player ranks, there's no achievements to unlock that didn't exist before, you still use ICO... Basically, the choice so far was a marketing move even though he's trying to tell us with a lot of BS that we get an improved experience out of it. His choice to do.
He also said that he's not against DRM, but rather, against stupid DRM. I accept that and I agree with it. Let's say that I have Rebellion installed on my laptop so I can take it with me places and play it whenever I'm in the mood. Now let's say there's a power outage where I live, or in the case of what usually happens in the summer, sanctioned blackouts in the form of rolling blackouts and my area is one of the area's who's number get's picked. Now normally I would play plugged in, but I know my battery life would last three hours while playing the game because honestly, I've been in this exact situation before. I fire up Sins and get a few hours of entertainment and see just how far I get before the battery dies. However, with Rebellion, I can't do that because I cannot log into my Steam account and switch it to offline mode because without power, the whole area is an internet dead zone. I can't really use the 'What if I take the train up north to visit family?' argument anymore since Amtrak started equipping their trains with WiFi, but what if I hop a flight across the country and visit college friends in New York? Airlines tend to frown on you trying to keep electronics on and running while they're trying to take off. They don't care that you have no internet access at 30,000 feet. They just want assurances that they'll get there and back to the ground as safely as possible. Needing internet access so you can turn it off so you can play a single player game? Sounds like pretty stupid DRM to me even if you assume these events aren't typical or common. You move to Southern California and tell me that the greater Los Angeles area doesn't suffer from blackouts all Summer long and then tell me that these things aren't typical or common... Because they are for me.
There's also stuff about there not being an alternative even though Rebellion was supposed to use and be built around Impulse::Reactor which was going to be the alternative until Impulse was sold to Gamestop... I don't live in a fantasy life and for as much as I'd have liked to have seen I::R be that alternative, it just never happened, and based on the current state of things in Rebellion, I have to wonder if it would have ever happened, or if it would have only happened because it was to be part of the game. Lots of things have been said and then not done by Stardock, but I'm not in charge over there, so I have no control over this. All I can do as a consumer is give my opinions when asked, and vote with my wallet. I've done both. These are my opinions, and I refuse to buy Rebellion as it currently is.
So like I've said many times before, as soon as there's a version without Steam, I'll be one of the first to buy it. Until then, enjoy Rebellion (and modding it) without me. I can try to mod it, but with no way to run it to test things, the best you can get out of me is giving the files a good once over and making sure there aren't any stupid mistakes in them, but that's no fun for me. It's like working for no reward and who willingly does that? Exactly nobody.