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  1. I'm not trying to "convert" anyone to using Steam; if you don't like it, don't use it, no skin off my back. My only purpose in posting what I did was to attempt to clarify some misconceptions. As someone who hates DRM in general and "pointless extras" that publishers use to "control" customers, I can certainly respect someone's desire not to have anything to do with Steam. Personally, I like Steam, but that's just me. I can understand how some might not. There's quite a bit more than just one DRM-free game on Steam, though. Of course, if one is using Steam extensively and only for DRM-free games, it's not exactly the most efficient way of going about doing things. The only reason I can think of to do such a thing would be to take advantage of Steam sales, and even then, there are a lot of alternatives. I doubt there are many (if any?) DRM-free games that are only on Steam. As an aside, this is a rather neat site to find where one can buy games on sale on various sites, many of which are DRM-free. Off the top of my head, I would recommend both GoG and Humble Bundle as decent sources of DRM-free games, both of which have lots of sales. Everything/everyone has a price. This is a valid concern. I just get the impression that we're unlikely to see anybody offer Steam "enough" any time soon. It's a theoretical possibility, certainly, but I don't see it as a realistic likelihood any time soon; Steam's too big. This would have to be a -major- buyout. And that's looking at it from a purely monetary perspective; I happen to believe that Valve has ethical/principle-based reasons for not selling out, which makes it even more unlikely in my view. Of course, we clearly have differing opinions on Valve/Steam's intent, so we can just agree to disagree on this topic. If you ignore the latter, though (which is just an opinion/guess, after all), we're talking about a gigantic multi-billion dollar buyout. Not impossible, but not something that happens easily. Matter of personal opinion. As I've said, I rather like Steam, so for me--personally--, yes, only "slightly". And that's why I put quotes around "good"; it's relative. Nothing exists in a vaccuum. I'm comparing Steam to the alternatives (big publishers/the AAA industry), and within that context, yes, I do think that they do more good than bad for the industry. At the end of the day, of course, these are all businesses, and a business' purpose/sole reason for being is to make a profit. This means that, inherently, any business is "bad" (in some form or another/to some degree) for customers because they want your money. All this works based on exchanges, though, and if businesses want money/profit, they have to give you something for it. Some give more, some give less. I find that Steam gives good value, so I support them. Profit is the end-game for any business, but there are many ways of making a profit. Ad-riddled bloatware? When was the last time you used Steam? I've been using Steam for 5-6 years and I'm not sure what you're talking about. I get a pop-up with a few pages of news about new releases and sales maybe once a month, which you can easily close without looking at. That's about as intrusive a thing I've seen. And no, Steam doesn't "need" a client, as GoG demonstrates, as you say, but a lot of people (myself included) actually -like- the Steam client and find it to be a useful thing. I don't have any smart devices, I don't use email, I don't have Facebook or use any social media, I don't use any IMs; Steam is my primary method of keeping in touch with my friends. I also like having my games in one place, not to mention automatic updates. I find the Steam client rather convenient. Again, I'm not saying it's for everyone, but I'm using myself as an example of how some people might see the things you dislike as a positive, not a negative. I also can't imagine what kind of computer you might have if the Steam client stresses your internet and CPU... My last two computers were basically toasters, and the Steam client never gave me any trouble. The Legate has already answered, but I just want to add that I've never heard of a game that's available from multiple sources that only has updates available at some of those sources; that would kind of defeat the purpose. Not to mention that you often have to buy multiple copies if you want it in multiple places (with the exception that when you buy directly from a developer, you can often have a direct copy as well as a Steam or GoG key included in your purchase, though this is not automatic/true in all cases). You should only have to do both if you have the game from both places, and two copies installed. I'm not quite sure why someone would want two installed copies of the game like that, though. You would certainly have the option of both (providing you own a copy from both places), but you should only need to update once, for whichever copy you have installed/are using.
  2. I came here for news about Year 2; sadly, none of that. Regarding Steam, though... As much as I can't say I disagree entirely with what's been said about Steam, even as someone who's generally rather fond of it, I do feel the need to point out that not every game on Steam has DRM. Steam does have DRM, yes (SteamWorks), but not every game has this. As such, if BCS released Academagia on Steam, they could choose not to use it if they didn't want to. DRM-free games on Steam do require the client for the initial download, but once that's done, you're free to make a copy of the downloaded files elsewhere and you can launch such games directly, without going through Steam. I just tried this with my Steam copy of Scheherazade, actually, and it worked just fine. This makes me suspect that if/when BCS brings Academagia to Steam, it will also be DRM-free. As for them being bought out, EA tried that some years back, and failed. That's not to say it will never happen, but there is precedence for something like this almost happening and Valve not wanting anything to do with it. Of course, that doesn't mean they'll hold out forever, but it does at least give some hope. By their nature, Valve/Steam doesn't operate the same way as most "big companies". For instance, there's Gabe Newell (Steam's founder/CEO) calling Windows 8 a "catastrophe" and wanting to "make sure that Linux thrives". You can see some of this in action with Steam Boxes and SteamOS being a Linux system (time will tell if that actually goes anywhere). Valve/Steam may not be perfect, and their quasi-monopoly on digital gaming distribution might be slightly worrisome, but on the overall, I do believe that they mean well and that they're a force for "good" in the industry (at least for the most part; again, not perfect). All this is not to say that I don't think Academagia should be on GoG; on the contrary. GoG is awesome (the closest thing Steam has to an actual competitor), and I'd very much like to see Academagia there as well. It might be slightly more user-friendly to update games on GoG than DRM-free games on Steam if you're incredibly allergic to the Steam client, but not by much. In either case, you need an active internet connection (hard to get updates without one...) and to log into your account. The only difference is Steam's need of the client. If you're only using it for occasional updates, though, it's hardly a big issue.
  3. Twitter... huh. Really glad I asked, never would have thought to look there. I guess I need to start getting with the times. There would have been a holiday sale even if I hadn't asked... right...? You didn't create a sale just for me... right? And thanks, glad to be back! You're killing me (and many others) with the wait for Year 2... I do hope you realize that. That's actually my roundabout way of saying thank you for Year 1. It's an amazing game, and I can't wait to see what you have in store for us next.
  4. I kind of feel bad asking for a sale, but the thing is that I've already purchased the game for full price on Impulse back in '11, when it was still owned by Stardock. I strongly dislike GameStop -- to the degree that when they bought out Impulse, I basically abandonned my account (the only thing in it I actually cared about/didn't have elsewhere was Academagia). Ever since, I've hoped for a sale on GamersGate or, better yet, directly from Black Chicken Studios. Unfortunately, I haven't yet seen one (perhaps there haven't been any? perhaps I simply missed them?). I'd love to play again, but as much as I love supporting you guys, I'm not rich enough to feel comfortable paying full price for the game a second time. My fault for trusting Impulse, I guess; I've learned my lesson, I'll be buying Year 2 directly from BCS.
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