I hated Steam once
Once upon a time, I hated Steam. It was a ♥♥♥♥ty program with crappy performance and all I saw it as was a DRM anti-piracy ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ business trick that would make playing my games more inconvenient. What's wrong with DVDs as a DRM anyways? Everyone knows that it doesn't matter what you do to thwart piracy, you'll always fail. And you'll always make things worse for people who buy games.
Times changed, with steam gaming went more and more digital with every passing year and digital games are substantially cheaper for me than physical copies since I live in Iceland; where everything is more expensive than anywhere else. I still quite hated steam as a program... bad design, it's sluggish and clunky, but whatever, it works and I can get games cheaper, not such a huge price to pay to need to be logged in to steam to play them.
So I tolerated steam.
Then Steam for Linux happened. "Interesting" is what I thought, maybe we'll get more games on Linux now, I've been feeling lately that I've outgrown windows and need more freedom to customize my computer that windows simply does not offer. (Like the various desktop environments in Linux, Enlightenment for one is impressive) but this was still nothing major, +1 for Valve and Steam for this though, it increased my opinion of them.
Then I started hearing rumors about a Linux based console by Valve called Steam Machines, "More interesting" I thought, +1 again, suddenly I was starting to forget how much I hate steam as a program because of all the good things surrounding it, but faulty Linux support and rumors wasn't enough to quite convert me.
And then it happened, the announcement. SteamOS and Steam Machines, Valve puts their name behind Linux in a way Canonical (Ubuntu) never could have and as the owners of the biggest online game market say "Linux is good for gaming! Make games for Linux! We'll even help you out!" and before I know it... Every other title I actually want to buy either has rumors about Linux support, or has already promised it. Titles like Star Citizen, Planetary Annihilation, Dota 2(not a personal interest for me, but a big title still), Kerbal Space Program, Metro, Amnesia, Starbound, Trine 2, FTL, Dungeon Defenders, Rust...
Suddenly there's enough good games on Linux for it to be a viable main operating system for a gamer (this has been said for years, but until now it has been a lie, ♥♥♥♥ wine, it sucks), moreso someone new to gaming than someone who already has 200 windows exclusive titles they're dedicated to *cough* but I'm sure (if I know Linux right) in time there will be a proper solution to play these games one needs to abandon with windows when they go to Linux. I mean we're already seeing Wine run older windows games from windows 95, 98 and XP that windows vista, 7 and 8 will reject. Give it a couple of years and it'll be running windows vista and 7 titles as well. I wouldn't be surprised if Valve will actually dedicate some time to this once they don't have their hands full with SteamOS and Steam Machines anymore (they already did make a temporary solution to stream games from windows to Linux)
And not only that, but as a result of all this; at least 3 of the biggest mainstream game engines out there, Unreal Engine, CryEngine and Unity are all either already compatible with Linux or working on Linux support. At this point I've forgotten everything I ever hated about Steam and Valve. I ♥♥♥♥ing love this, I don't even care how sluggish or clunky the program itself is anymore, I don't care if it's poorly written and optimized, because the pros now tower over all of these little cons.
I'm officially a Steam fanboy now. SteamOS all the ♥♥♥♥ing way! <3 I know big companies like Valve always get corrupted in time, but as long as this lasts, I'm as high as a kite.
Last edited by Riful
Apr 25, 2014 @ 1:54pm