My argument is, there is no point in getting rid of steam. It causes me no problems, it instead provides a service. When my computer went down, and I had to rely on my laptop, I decided that I should put some games on it. I could of dragged out all my disk, but decided to put steam and the games on it was much easier, and because my laptop is often not connected to the internet, the offline mode allows me to play all my steam games without an internet connection. Steam has only provided me with convenience and good deals on games, including indie games I doubt I would have had access to or knowledge of without steam. Why would I stop buying games that use steam? In fact, using steam is a selling point to me now. Actually don't answer the why, I know it's crap.
That's great, but in case you were replying to me and not just generally...
I'm not telling anyone to use or not use Steam, I don't really care if people love it or hate it, I made my own decision about it as did you and I'm more than happy with my decision as you appear to be with yours.
The larger point of this thread (I think anyway...) is that if you are unhappy with Steams actions then refuse to pay for products through them. You could also simply refuse to use their service period, but that may be throwing the baby out with the bathwater. I'm not sure that anyone even thinks that is so contentious, yet some people expressed the opinion that if not for Steam PC gaming would be dead.
That's a fairly large leap of intuition, and frankly reeks of utter bullshit. There is plenty of PC gaming available without Steam. Fair enough, 'plenty' is a wiggly word, but I'm not going to quantify it, I think people probably understand it in this context.
Yes, Steam may be the 1,000,000lb gorilla in the room, but they aren't the only monkey.
My other quandary related to just how many games people actually buy off of Steam and if it's really worth having a library of 100s of bargin games. That's clearly up to each individual to answer for themselves, and not all games carry the same content load. None the less, I do find it somewhat disconcerting that Steam has seemingly created so many addicts, even at pennies a pop.