With you on that. I've bought all 4 previous versions of Civilization and was eagerly looking forward to buying Civ V until I read about having to install Steam crap.
Having gone through a hideous experience years ago with Steam just to get to play Half Life 2 which I'd bought and paid for I vowed never again to buy any game with Steam or DRM. And I haven't.
They can whistle if they think I'm going to buy Civ V. I'm not going to pirate it though. I'll carry on with Civ 4 or not bother at all.