Originally Posted by scaminatrix
Na nothing to do with security - just a personal choice really. I connect it to the net to do updates but since I don't play games online I don't see any reason why it should be connected if you know what I mean.
It's kinda the flip-side of what this thread's hinting on - I'm not going to be forced into connecting my gaming rig to the net just to play a single-player campaign.
I think the easiest way to see it is - I've got my internet PC for the net and my gaming rig for gaming. I don't see any point in mixing the two if I'm not going to play online.
I know, I'm a confusing mf'er!!
Hmmm... that is
a little confusing.
I suspect that you may have a misconception or two, because you've never used it.
So the PC is connected to the net, therefore I don't see a problem with running Steam on it.
Crucial thing is Steam doesn't force you to be online - it 100% supports offline mode. The only times to go online with it are:
- Game downloads
- Updates to games or the Steam client (and the Steam client doesn't have to be updated if it's running offline)
- Multiplayer, which you don't do
- It doesn't interfere with any other DRM from a disc-based game and doesn't add it's own to Windows. It's just a normal application as far as Windows is concerned
One of Steam's best features, is the way that it natively supports creating your own installation files, so you can install your game(s) on as many PCs as you want, with zero hassle.
Note that you can't sell on your Steam games. That's the one major negative I have with it and I feel it only fair to point it out to you. On the other hand, what with all these account hacks of major companies going around the internet nowadays, it also eliminates the possibility of your games being stolen, so it doesn't bother me so much any more.
Tell you what, why don't you sign up for a free Steam account and download one of the free games/demos/videos available on it, so you can try it out? I'll then be happy to friend you in it, too.
I've got several friends from TPU on it now.
Get hooked here: www.steampowered.com