Everyone who is slagging off steam, try it before you complain.
I have had ZERO problems with steam, before I was a sceptic and now I am a convert.
Is that like a rape victim learning to like it?
The auto-patching auto-updating goodness is worth its weight in gold.
Compared to what? Logging on seeing there is an update and clicking a button? Maybe if you weren't tied to Steam you wouldn't need all those updates that have more to do with Steam then they do with game play!
Never had a problem playing offline or whatever.
I've never had a problem with any of my games either but of course I only have to have the game running. No need to ask some other program and servers for permission first!
Rebuild a PC? no issue, unlimited re-downloads, much easier to kick off steam and walk away than dig out masses of discs, then go through hours or hunt and patch, etc.
Hmmm! Masses of discs? Ok what Eras games are you talking about since I haven't seen a single game in 5 years that wasn't on a single DVD.
I also don't go through hours of patches since I can keep everything backed up to a nice external drive so when I rebuild I only have to reinstall the game. Not the Steam client and the Game!
Games are CHEAP esp if you bag them on sale (GTA4 for 7 bucks USD, Op. Flashpoint Dragon Rising for 5 bucks etc.)
Yep they sure are but its my money paying for them and not Steams so Steam shouldn't be decidding what I can do with the game when I get bored with it! Maybe you enjoy having someone telling you what you can do with something you own and what you can do with it but I like retaining full ownership after I pay for it!