Steam is some kind of gaming and entertaining platform. It lets you download and play games and store game saves and data online. And it’s complete shit.
I bought a PC version of Skyrim a few weeks ago, to go with my shiny new ASUS G75V gaming laptop. Played for hours and days on end when I was sick last week, it was great. Just this Steam crap kept annoying me. First, you can’t register or activate the game without registering with Steam online. I did not expect this with a normal game DVD bought in a run of the mill gaming store, and it wasn’t pointed out to me before purchase(although it says so in the fineprint on the DVD cover, to be fair). Now everytime I want to start the game Steam is started first, and immediately demands an internet connection, so that I may join their awesome gaming community. So I switch the laptop to flight mode. Now Steam pops up another message, and in a slightly indignant tone informs me that I am now working offline. For which I’m grateful. Since I really only booted up the laptop to get frequent message popups from some gaming malware anyway.
So today, afer having reached level 28 in Skyrim and being in love with my female heroine, her companion Lydia and their achievements, after leveling 100 in enchanting, alchemy and smithing, I finally got upset enough with Steam to uninstall it. Little did I know.
Because the shit app took all my game saves with it. Without warning. Like, no warning whatsoever. When I googled this after the initial shock, I realised that I’m not the first one to experience this, the internet is full of people finding this out the hard way.
Listen up, Bethesda game developing company! Why do you allow malware like Steam to be locking your game DVDs? You produce excellent games, but the experience is severely damaged by all the shit that comes with Steam. You know, like unexpectedly losing a month’s worth of game saves.