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Refusal to buy games because its not on steam

Discussion in 'PC Games' started by Ace Modder, 16 Feb 2016.

  1. esoteric


    Joined: 5 Aug 2004

    Posts: 2,503

    I buy where ever is cheapest and try to keep Steam as my main library. I like Origin though and uPlay back when I used it was meh, more like a "hey me too!" than a well thought out platform.

    I've never not bought a game because it wasn't on Steam though.
  2. Drizmod

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Mar 2006

    Posts: 2,324

    Location: Birmingham, UK

    I have installed Steam, Origin, GOG Client, Uplay and have zero issues or problems with running games :-/

    EDIT: Surely competition is a good things for the consumer?

    Rayman Origins for $1 worth installing Uplay surely?
    Last edited: 16 Feb 2016
  3. savagesam117


    Joined: 18 Mar 2012

    Posts: 5,057

    Location: Eastbourne

    It doesn't bother me that but, it's annoying yes but it won't stop me buying them. Having Uplay, Origin, GOG, Steam, and whatever else there is, is a pain.
  4. davisdavid

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Aug 2014

    Posts: 1,095

    Location: Wiltshire

    I have steam, battlenet, origin, uplay and gog. GOG is quite nice and Steam is Steam. Origin and Uplay are quite poor but battlenet is fine.

    I wouldn't not buy a game because of it's associated client though I would much rather use GOG or Steam.

    Plus Far Cry Primal doesn't appeal to me. Never got into 4 but absolutely loved 3.
  5. foster grant


    Joined: 10 May 2012

    Posts: 6,222

    Location: North London

    I have never been able to get Uplay to run at all lol
  6. Timber

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,417

    Location: South East England

    I tend to agree with others that you miss out on too many great games if you only buy want games that are on Steam. And even if you buy from Steam that game is going to force UPlay on you anyway. Fragmentation of games over different clients is only likely to get worse.
  7. andicole0


    Joined: 12 Sep 2005

    Posts: 6,319

    Location: Robertsbridge

    It is the way things are going, the Microsoft Store will be the next sole purchase point. I suspect you will all have to live with them.

    Having said that I wouldn't buy a console just for one game.

  8. Martini1991


    Joined: 18 Sep 2009

    Posts: 28,971

    Location: Dormanstown.

    Primal is on Steam?
    I don't care that it sideloads (As I like to call it) Uplay.

    If it was Uplay only, then I'd rather not buy it. I have nothing bought on Uplay, it's only ever on my machine when a game uses it.
    Origin I can live with to an extent.
  9. AbsenceJam


    Joined: 2 Nov 2007

    Posts: 4,304

    I too pay extra for glorified uPlay shortcuts. :/

    Would sooner be tied to no platforms, but when that's not an option the fewer/most convenient the better even if you're just launching another client.

    If uPlay and Origin want to compete they need to get more on there (Steam's dominance is not our fault), start cross-platform support, and sort their clients out (Steam isn't great, but it's not so clunky). Valve seem to be really greedy and aren't addressing a lot of discontent; but since they're a private company making a lot of money I have more faith in Steam's longevity and stability.

    GOG are great, but there's very little on there, game updates are slow>nonexistent, and Galaxy is far from finished. So I only use them for games they've brought up to date/to life.
  10. llamadal


    Joined: 14 Jan 2010

    Posts: 2,945

    Location: London

    Steam first but I'm not going to miss out playing some great games just because it uses something else.
  11. Malevolence


    Joined: 21 Oct 2011

    Posts: 16,005

    Why are you laughing if there's obviously something wrong with your sytsem?

    I think I only have it for Far Cry 3 that I picked up for £3 or so in the last big Steam sale. But I'm of the same mind as you, I don't mind it at all.
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  12. Jim99

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 Feb 2015

    Posts: 1,215

    Agree with Martini. I know it shouldn't matter, but if if it's a Steam key that loads uPlay I'm fine with that. If it's a uPlay code, no chance.

    Steam auto-opens with my PC, keeps everything up to date and organised etc. When I had a game that was uPlay only (Watchdogs), I'd open it, then it would need an update and I'd never get to play.
  13. Glaucus

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 11 Mar 2004

    Posts: 76,645

    Yep, it has to be something special for me to buy outside of steam.
    Stream it's only in one place, one login. Won't lose them or anything else.

    Even ones I've purchased outside if steam were in development and eventually got transferred to steam.
  14. Psypher5


    Joined: 11 Jan 2005

    Posts: 9,975

    Location: Birmingham

    No problem with uplay here. Used it for quite a few beta tests on games and never had a blip.
  15. Nate75


    Joined: 21 Mar 2005

    Posts: 10,537

    Yep Steam only here. Well apart from FIFA.
  16. Nemeses

    Perma Banned

    Joined: 27 May 2007

    Posts: 4,251

    Location: London

    This, and while I do use steam I would never use Uplay again!
  17. Martini1991


    Joined: 18 Sep 2009

    Posts: 28,971

    Location: Dormanstown.

    So far, I've never really been tested. But game fragmentation is a bad thing. PC is the platform, not Uplay/Steam/Origin etc (Imo) so I don't want everything spread. But Valve have been the only one to offer the experience I want with my catalogue.

    I know with Windows Store, I'm decided on not buying the exclusive games to it, but that's because there's more than just "another storefront" factor.
    Last edited: 16 Feb 2016
  18. Jae-So


    Joined: 9 Jan 2010

    Posts: 3,157

    Location: UK

    I am guilty of overlooking a great sale/offer to wait until it is on sale on Steam.
  19. sbweightman


    Joined: 7 May 2006

    Posts: 879

    Location: United Kingdom

    Nope, if I want a game, i'll buy it wherever's cheapest - Origin, U-Play, GOG or Steam doesn't really matter to me.

    I understand your viewpoint, as a lot of the publisher specific clients are a load of tat. The only way this will ever change is if customers vote with their wallets - if sales suffer, i'm sure they'll release it on other clients.

    Then again, why not give them a shot? U-Play and Origin have vastly improved (still no-where near as good as Steam, mind) in functionality and stability since their early days, and the only way the clients will get better is through community feedback. Steam was the same - many of the functions we take for granted were community led ideas.
  20. Tute


    Joined: 24 Jul 2004

    Posts: 22,355

    Location: Devon, UK

    I won't buy any game that requires Origin, UPlay, or R*SC. I don't like having pointless DRM clients forced on me so that my details can be sold on for extra money.

    Steam I am willing to overlook as it's very well made, with excellent sales and decently unintrusive. But I don't like and will never like how it's forced onto people.

    To be fair, I find it easier to avoid Origin than UPlay or R*SC. I do want to try Watchdogs and GTA V but as far as EA goes, it's been a long time since they've released something that isn't a nasty pile of old crap riddled with microtransactions and bugs so I can safely just ignore them.