odizzido wrote:Steam on the other hand has the right to remove all your games from you for no reason. If Valve goes under and doesn't provide a patch, you're SOL all you games are gone. If the steam servers are down...well too bad you cannot play your games ATM. In the end, you're just borrowing something from them for as long as they feel like letting you have it.
Counterpoint: what happens if your CDs or DVDs go bad? Floppy discs inevitably decay over time; you can lose the physical media, or find yourself with no way to read it (how many people today have a 5.25" floppy drive attached to their system?) And before you start talking about backups, backups are my bread and butter - and the number of people I know who don't do them at all (or who do them to media they keep at home - I'm as guilty of the latter as anyone else) is a little scary.
There are bad points about all methods of distribution. The odds of Steam capriciously removing your right to play games? Non-existent - word would get out pretty damn quick, and there goes their market. Not to mention that small claims court can be a very good friend to those who are wronged in such a manner. The loss of ability to resell or gift games you don't play is annoying, but the prices they charge are low enough to compensate for that.
I'm not saying they're perfect, but don't go making assertions like that without at least acknowledging that there's no perfection in this world.