I'm a new user to steam, only have 4 games which was free, which in turn lead me to download and install steam for them
I was so impressed with it from the start! yes it has it's downsides... like steam has to run to be able to play a game, but come on... that is a really petty issue!
I probably shouldn't mention this here, but I was one for downloading games illegally... BUT steam has totally changed all that for me, it's so much more simple and easier, and all the games I'm sure to buy, will never get lost or whatever. and there's a few tips what IINexusII pointed out which clearly argue the words of the opening post,, and simple win's the argument hands down.
Thank you to the free games what enticed me to even consider steam!