Can someone actually point out an argument that doesn't revolve around not wanting to run a 16kb process on their rigs? Or have to deal with one-time internet activation for DRM (offline mode works just fine). And personally I agree with Brad, I don't see the point in DRM beyond something fairly limited ( but would rather have it through a service because that way you don't lose cd keys 5 years down the road). But one-time internet activation being so horrible people won't buy civ5? Thats just crazy.
First -- I don't challenge your reasons for accepting steam, and I respect your wish and support you getting it.
I expect the same consideration in return. Why I don't want steam to have to run in the background for store-bought dvd-installed single-player games played offline (SBDISPGPO) is not something I need to justify. When I became an adult they took the bone out of my head that made me feel the need to justify myself.
"By using Valve's online sites and products, users agree that Valve may collect aggregate information, individual information, and personally identifiable information, as defined below. Valve may share aggregate information and individual information with other parties. Valve shall not share personally identifiable information with other parties, except as described in the policy below." (emphasis mine)
I have steam installed but haven't run it in months. Last night I fired it up to see what games I have on it, and updating hung at 99%. I restarted a few times then waited 20 minutes the last time and finally gave up. Good thing I wasn't needing it to play a game I bought, especially one where steam wasn't necessary (as with a SBDISPGPO). So that's another reason.
Third -- what's wrong with objecting to yet another program running? In itself one isn't a big deal, but even after minimizing running programs and services I've still got 40 running now on win7. I have ~24 on my winXP machines. That adds up, and they can interact. Blithely accepting an unnecessary third-party programming running in the background is not prudent. If anything here is crazy, that's what's crazy.
Fourth -- I wouldn't mind a one-time internet activation, if it was for a DD game. Having to do it for a store-bought dvd-installed game isn't benefiting me, it's benefiting steam so they can collect info off me, that they profit from (and I don't, heck, it's at my expense as I don't want my info shared with who-knows-who). They're using this to collect information. Requiring steam to run in the background even for SBDISPGPO is just a way to keep collecting/updating information (see reply 351 in this thread).
Fifth -- I don't mind decent DRM (no rootkits, etc), as a craftsperson is worth their due. Civ4s DRM was fine, and I don't think the steam requirement will prove any harder to crack than Civ4s was. If so, then this change won't be a significant improvement DRM-wise.