What pattern did Steam set in the games industry? Is this a rethorical question? You know, the CLIENT, online DRM, spyware, or steamwork if that is the name of this abomination. Yes, it is a spyware in my book from everything I have read about it. It's a programm that litteraly NEED internet and will force you to let it connect sooner or later, even after installing the game, or won't even let you launch the game without checking you are the so called 'owner' of your game copy. Excuse them all you want but steam did NOTHING to stop devs and publishers from using their steamwork as a online DRM spyware, and if you dare saying they tried or it's not their fault again, here is my answer in advance: They LIED. Of course they were very happy about their little online program becoming devs and publishers favorite new DRM, this ensured them a form of exclusivity, if only because even a physical sell was forcing customers to create steam accounts just to INSTALL the game, and the spyware with it. And generating a appeal to just buy games directly on steam since they were forcing themself on your computer anyway. Doesn't this epic store also have it's own spyware, oh sorry, I mean 'client'? And them buying or otherwise getting a exclusivity from publishers is only a natural way of trying to concurence steam, because otherwise the butterflies will mostly buy on steam. And since we apparently have a communication problem to understand each other, no I am not defending this epic store, if I am not buying on steam I obviously won't buy on a other online DRM store. I say they are only following the pattern of steam, said pattern being forcing their store one way or the other. But I am always glad to amuse at least. Is your question, do I believe a exclusivity will be sold on other stores than the one having the said exclusivity? Is this also a rethorical question? Do I really need to answer that? I can't see the features of steamwork since I never used it, and I don't want to see them even from a telescope, let alone near my computer. And it's a shared responsability, but do you know who have the most of it at the end of the day? You are right, it's not steam and the publishers, though they still deserve their share. It is the butterflies who spreaded their wings for it. You do understand this image? Just in case: Someone want to sell something. They sell it in a package, and half of this package is a scam with, I am sure, all the best convincing excuses in the world. But the other half is something that look good, smell good. Do you know what happen if potential customers (the butterflies) have actual fortitude, or at least enough of them do, and don't spread their wings? The scam just, disappear from the package... Hell a specific scam can work once and butterflies still have a good excuse. 'You fooled me one...' and all that. But when a scam worked so well that it became a regular and accepted business practice, that most people don't even realize the problem, and some others believe in it to the point it has come, and then become indignated at a similar scam only wearing a different robe, then there is no more of 'You fooled me once...' and all that. All that's left for them is a different saying: You made your bed, now lay in it. And those who knew better get to laugh at least, since it's all there is left to do unless the butterflies suddently and massively wake up, but that is like believing in miracles. It never happen. I don't ignore a definition, I apply it in the right, practical context. It's true that I never did well in theoritical academic education or in semantic though. Nothing cancel or almost cancel steam and steam-like scams, not even prices. Oh, I was going to forget: No it isn't. PS: Damn, I almost don't want to post this since it will serve no more end than it would posting it directly on steam forum... But well, I just wrote it. PS2: (no not the console) Damn this really look like hate even if it's only true. Well it's a reasoned hate, nothing personaly targeted. (But can we even agree on what nothing personaly targeted mean...) I sure hope so, though it's obvious we won't agree on the rest so better to stop there if you ask me.