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Why so negative? The assumed universal validity of your statement is out of line.
> Promotes the port of games.
Are you sure? I havn't ssen that many new games since steam is available (the most of them are Valve or Source based games)...
>Helps to enhance drivers and libraries.
maybe that's true but only for intel86 based hardware, so always keep in mind: Linux is cross-platform - Steam is not...
I think Steam is good for GNU/Linux gamers for several reasons:
- Promotes the port of games.
- Helps to enhance drivers and libraries.
- Makes GNU/Linux more visible in the videogames industry.
However I don't use it because of the DRM. In the way it works, I don't even see Steam as a platform to buy games, but a platform to rent games instead.
- Microsoft decides to monopolize it's store and Steam disappears? You lose all the games.
- Valve decides our market is no profitable? You lose all the games.
- You didn't respect the EULA? You lose all the games.
- Gave has a bad day? You lose all the games.
- The network connection is down? You (temporarily) lose all the games.
Yes, there are some DRM-free games in Steam, but you don't need Steam to get them and there are more friendly places around.
By the way about gog.
These games you may at any moment copy to any other PC because so decided publisher.
Steam for me it is primarily a user-friendly service, which makes many things easier. Buy, download (even if you are far away from the PC), sync, network games, comunity and other.
I think that games can be forgiven proprietary.
How do you think - would be thinking about in CryTek about porting CryENGINE on Linux, if not for Steam?
Nobody forces you to use Steam, but his role in the modern gaming industry is undeniable. And porting it to Linux will only benefit Linux-gamers.
P.S. Sory for my еnglish.