I DO have a Steam account. I bought a few games with it. And I have found Steam is no good to me. And by the way GalCiv2 DOES use Steam, you CAN make it to run WITHOUT running Steam but it will require some dribbling with GCF and such.
The essence of question here for me is not about "OMG... Half a minute of waiting" and other bull*hit. Reasons like "to help you download initially and to receive updates" sounds really odd. It was MONEY CONCERNS that blinded your mind. What were gaming companies doing BEFORE Steam came to gaming business scene? All the same: they were providing download links for purchasing and updating games. What is changed now radically? NOTHING. There are dozens of developers nowadays that continue to do it. I
But now even when you bought DISK version of game (what an old crap, is it? but many people still do it) and brought it home you see...what? right - you see that you MUST install this ***king Steam for registering, playing and updating your favorite game (I'm talking about YOUR game, mister Wardell!). And in era of digital distribution you simply have nothing in your hand and even on your hard disk. You just have your ACCOUNT Where is my distributive, eh? I uninstalled my game and unknown Arabian terrorist blew Steam servers up. Where is my game?
It begins with Steam. After 2-3 years passing, I will have to install 3-4 small programs THAT I DIDN'T NEED TO PLAY MY FAVORITE GAME, DON'T NEED AND WILL NEVER NEED. But I DON'T HAVE my game. YOU have my game. You just LENT me this game, gave it to me to play for a while.
And no warning on purchasing page by the way, you've made it literally yesterday.
You simply IMPOSE your conditions. Your rules of Game . But remember: it is not US who depend on you. It's YOU who depend on us. There are many other developers. There are many good and excellent games. There are many other ways to kill one's time with pleasure apart PC games.
But... however, it is all up to you, do your worst. It's like turn-based game is it? Your turn is processed. Your turn was Steam. Now it is OUR turn.
(Sorry for emotions. You create excellent games. But you chose the wrong way to share your creation with people).