Firefly, did steam steal your firstborn in the dead of night or something? You seem to have a rabid hate for them, and seem to feel everyone else should. I can't understand someone spending so much time and effort trying to justify not using Steam.
Nah, I don't feel like everyone needs to have the same opinion as me when it comes to steam. You are quite welcome to your own.
As for why you can't understand my position, I'll try to explain it to you:
FE:LH and it's future successor game to be released on steam have placed me at a crossroads.
On the one hand, I hate steam. I've tried it. It strips control away from me. Even after switching to manual update and offline mode, the games still periodically demanding online connection and whenever steam updated, it reset to defaults auto-updating my games and corrupting my saves. Absolute frustration with the client, not to mention the extra memory it takes...and yes, every little bit counts. Compound that with the fact that whenever you didn't have access to the client or whenever the client crashed, you lost your game too. Now, this all happened quite some time ago and maybe steam has come along way, but the Eula steam enforces is also completely off the wall! Digital software law is way behind the times and at the moment, all the power is with the host of that software...not with the user. That means that if steam wants to change, they can. If they change their Eula....I have no choice but to accept or lose access to ALL my games. If they don't like something I post online, it dictatorship style, they can BAN me from their server. Don't think that it can never happen. It HAS already happened to people. The law NEEDS to catch up to the flagrant abuse that is currently happening with steam. Most people don't care and are willing to use the product. Most people don't care who runs their country either. In the end they will reap their own reward. In short, I hate steam, and so I've removed it and will have nothing to do with it. I guess I'm just old fashioned and competent that way. I like being able to control what goes on my machine and what is running in memory.
However, on the other hand, FE has been the closest game to be released that has been MoM's spirtual successor since MoM itself. MoM has been my absolute favorite 4x game of all time. Nothing had come close to it's complexity and uniqueness and adventuressness until FE. I don't have to speak much to this point because the game speaks for itself. By the end of this series release, there will be a mod that'll basically MAKE MoM for users to enjoy all over again. I asked several times during FE beta whether or not Stardock would be going with steam or not because the question and concern was already raised back then. When Brad informed us that a direct download option would be available, I was instantly on board.
That FE:LH switched to being steam only....well, it's like have the rug pulled out from underneath you. Granted, FE:LH is not FE.....but the original impression given was that FE:LH was to be an expansion to FE, and thus free from steam. However, since the decision to turn FE:LH into a stand alone product so that they can make it steam only....well, I like already said......rug was pulled out.
Anyways, hope this clears up my point of view on why I dislike prettymuch the entire embodiment of what steam represents. Steam may have been a temporary stopgap measure to ensure continued existance of PC gaming, but it's very quickly turning into the end of PC gaming as we know it. Once steam hits the console market as well, all games thereafter will be released at low console quality. PC gaming will be over.
An atmosphere of independant direct download gaming needs to be prevelant amongst gamers to encourage developers to continue aiming for top quality, independant, products.