I’d like to retract my stance on the “irrational GoG hate” that I supposedly perceived. I reread the whole thread with a fresh pair of eyes (Don’t skim and reply past 23:00 on a work night kids!), and the arguments were at lot more levelheaded than at first glance. I did misrepresent the arguments against GoG, and for that I apologize. I wasn’t trying to be dismissive either, just making a general observation on what I perceived, mistakenly, to be the tone of the debate.
That said, I still stand by my arguments in regards to early Steam being on the same level as SecuROM, with the added caveat that this was my personal experience. I absolutely detested Steam when it first came out, for all the reasons I previously stated (Slow, having to register and have it running to play HL2, etc.). On the other hand, SecuROM and forms of DRM before Steam rarely gave me any problems, except for the ideology behind limited installs and ‘customers being criminals waiting to happen’. To be honest, I never minded CD serial keys as a form of DRM. I felt that was the least restrictive DRM of all. It was a nice install ritual as well!
I like the service Steam provides as a Digital Distributor. It’s why I’m still a Steam fan, for the most part. I do still dislike their role as DRM.
I like GoG more than Steam partially because they claim to be a no strings attached DD, but mainly because they resurrected so much abandonware which was hard to track down and get running on newer systems.
On the other hand, some of their PR bumbles (The shutting down thing, including pseudo-DRM in Witcher 3, and other problems I’ve read about on these forums recently) have kind of soured me towards them since last night. Since today, I am skeptical on if they’ll keep true to what they claim are their values. Not that people aren’t allowed to change their minds about things - which is why the Witcher 2 piracy issue doesn’t bother me so much, if they actually saw the light and aren’t being cynical business people - just that if they do, I might not care so much for GoG anymore.
I will probably try GoG Galaxy this weekend, if I can download the beta.