Very UNFAIR your remark...
Haven't I tried enough to make developers and publishers not use
any kind of Product Activation in a Retail PC Game?
I've been doing my best!
I haven't bought a single unit of any Retail PC Game with Product
I haven't bought any of the PC Games featured in my list and some
of them I'm still dying to be able to play them.
I would ABSOLUTELY love to buy, install and play:
. Half-Life 2
. Sin Episodes 1
. Half-life 2 Episodes 1
But I haven't and I will not buy any of them if they use any kind
of humiliating Product "ask for permission" Activation.
And I still say... BOYCOTT Retail PC Games with any kind of
Now having said that I have to admit that now Lewis which was one
of the most active opponents to steam and Product Activation in a
single-player game is now "surrendering"... and he is not alone...
Unfortunately Valve got away with all the abuse they brought into
PC Games with Steam.
If a game is very good then the majority of PC Gamers will do the
sacrifice of using abusive copy protections like steam to be able
to play the game.
That was exactly what happened to Half-Life 2, the majority do not
like Steam and if they had the choice they would never choose it
or use it to play Half-Life 2 but Valve forced them to use it.
So Valve got away with it the first time... but can this system
survive much longer?
I do not believe it can... if you are doing something against your
own customers you eventually will suffer the consequences and I
hope Valve will get its pay.