This posts smells of someone who doesn't want to pay for video games, so they instead attack others who DO wish to pay for their video games.
Not everyone subscribes to Richard Stallman's point of view of "free software is good, everything else is evil." There IS a time and place for non-free software. Verbally abusing me on Slashdot while posting as an Anonymous Coward will not change that fact.
Also, your use of Astroturfing is flawed. The definition is as follows (Wikipedia):
Astroturfing refers to political, advertising or public relations campaigns that are designed to mask the sponsors of the message to give the appearance of coming from a disinterested, grassroots participant. Astroturfing is intended to give the statements the credibility of an independent entity by withholding information about the source's financial connection.
The only financial connection I have with Valve is I spend money to buy video games that utilize their service. Otherwise, I'd consider myself an independent entity.
By the way, any idiot can put in dollar $ing$ in$tead of $'$! Just an FYI.