Originally Posted by FordGT90Concept
EA Download Manager has download managing and an online store too, yet, everyone hates it. I can't imagine many people even use the chat functionality in Steam because there's many other clients with far broader acceptance (like AIM and MSN). Impulse
is practically the same as Steam (including chat), yet no where near as popular (probably because they don't offer "weekend sales" and the like). Why people give Steam a free pass is beyond me.
I ran a steam clan and have many friends in steam, I love the fact that I can chat to them while in-game. It's so much easier to get a game together on steam, or to join a friends game, no need to get the IP or anything off them just join via the friends interface. If you're not already in-game it will launch the game and auto-connect to the server they are on.
It sounds like Steam just doesn't suit how you play games, doesn't mean it's evil though, everyone has different opinions.