This is where you can read any of my irregular wafflings about computer gaming. The whole point of this blog is to help motivate me to properly finish games, whether they be recent ones or older ones I played when I was younger that I never managed to beat.
26th August 2012 - Multirant
Right, I can't remember ever really having a good old rant at any time since starting this website, but something I just found out has proven to be the straw that broke the camel's back as it were.
This information is that Transformers: Fall Of Cybertron requires Steam authentication in order to run.
This has pissed me off no end. I'm sick of seeing games I'd like to play only to discover it requires this shitty Steam software in order to run. I vowed a long time ago that I would never use Steam because I hate so many things about it, such as:
- Many people say that offline mode does not work, so you need constant internet connection to play even single player offline games. Idiotic - Once a game has been authenticated once, it should not be checked again until it is re-installed.
- I've heard that the performance of some games is affected when the Steam software is running in the background. Shoddy, shoddy programming indeed.
- Updates are forced on you. No thanks. I can easily do that myself. Some people prefer versions of games that do not use the most current patch. Yes, it's quite rare, but does happen.
- I don't know if this is true, but in my opinion surely there are people out there who try and hack or steal Steam accounts so they can play other people's games, and block the rightful account holder from logging in? Some people must try it, and probably succeed, surely, as there are many clever net users and hackers out there. It would be much more difficult to hack into someone's house and steal their game DVDs over an internet connection I feel.
- And then the biggy: The no.1 reason why I really don't want to use Steam: YOU DO NOT OWN THE GAMES YOU HAVE BOUGHT!
At any time, Steam could either ban your account, or cease to exist (if they ever went under for example), and all that money you had spent on games would be wasted as you could not download or authenticate them ever again. This would be my all time worst fear if I used Steam. I still have many old games in the loft, going as far back as Mega Drive and even Amiga 500. Yes it's very rare I play them, but the option is there if I want to. What's the betting that Steam is still around in 20 years time? Highly doubtful I think.
There are hundreds of thousands of Steam fanboys out there who will go running and crying to their mommies if Steam ever ceases to exist.
I've been caught out a couple of times in the last few years with games that need web-based authentication, as if I had known I would not have bought them. These were Mass Effect, Dead Space (I only bought those 2 because they were in a 3 for £10 deal), and Blood Bowl: Legendary Edition. These games do not use Steam or software of a similar type, but instead need authenticating over the internet the first time you play them. Then you are free to play them wherever or whenever you like. This is obviously a much better way of doing things than the Steam way, but is still not without one major flaw: What will happen if those authentication servers ever get switched off? Any new installations of those games will just not run unless some clever dick designs a hack to bypass the authentication requirement.
I don't suppose it will really matter to me about Mass Effect (played it for about an hour, thought it was very over-rated and tossed it into a corner somewhere never to be seen again hopefully) or Dead Space (the shittiest PC port of a console game ever? Must be pretty close) as it's unlikely I'll ever play them again. But playing the occasional game of Blood Bowl is always fun if I can't get an opponent for the actual board game.
I'm starting to realise that very soon, things like Steam will probably be required to play any new PC game. This is very painful as I've recently bought my first new PC for the better part of a decade, and I won't be able to put most new games I wanna play on it because of this shitty, shitty software.
Fall Of Cybertron was going to be my first new purchase on PC, but not now. I've been playing a bit of Transformers: War For Cybertron here and there on PS3 the last few weeks, but have always found it really awkward playing shooters on a console controller. Not to mention the shitty graphics of consoles compared to those on PC these days.
This leads me on to another question: Why, when consoles these days have USB ports, is mouse and keyboard not an option for playing games on them? This makes no sense. I could then easily play games like Transformers or Saints Row The Third on my PS3 and leave Steam to the idiots and fanboys that do not see how dangerous and evil it is.
One of the arguments I've read is that makers of console shooters don't want to give some players an unfair advantage, as those playing on keyboard and mouse would be much better on this type of game than those with controllers. But I say bollocks. A perfectly adequate USB keyboard and mouse will not cost you much more than £10 these days. Whereas controllers for consoles will knock you back around £30-40, which is rediculously expensive for such an inferior control method.
Sigh. Perhaps I'm ranting because deep down I realise at some point I will have no choice but to be a sheep and follow the masses into Steam's cold, dark embrace. I'm literally shivering at the thought.
If that scrap iron man doesn't stop driving passed my house at all times of the day blaring his fucking horn I'm gonna go out and kick his teeth out through the back of his skull! (Seriously, just while typing this blog entry I've heard him 3 times! Wanker.)