Something for the nerds to get upset about and spit there dummies out over. millions of people use steam with no problems but the vocal minority want to stay in the darkages and fail to observe the play off line mode :D
You will see that some people like the Steam process and find it helpful. You will also see that others do not enjoy the experience and find it a hindrance. You simply need to review the feedback that these sites provide and decide what is best for you and act accordingly.
I am delighted to learn that the game does not require Steam so now I am interested in buying the game. Thank you for your feedback. Can you please provide your information source so that I can re-assure my friends who currently will not buy the game?
Just so you know SI are releasing a patch tomorrow to fix a few things (like the new Liverpool board). Those who install their game through steam will get it automatically (along with a new dark skin) but those who prefer the disc will have to download it through the SI website.
For ALL of the aforementioned reasons I prefer NOT to use Steam and so NOT grant Steam access to my PC to upload and download information. However, I do know that many people like Steam and, of course, that is their choice and as long as they are happy that is all that matters - just take precautions to make sure that private information is NOT kept on your computer or is held securely. Although Steam are probably trustworthy who knows what a disgruntled employee might do when you have authorized Steam to configure your home router/firewall so that they can have unfettered access to your PC! Check this out, especially comments by Sput and the cooker analogy:-
A luddite is someone who fails to understand and use new technology properly. If you read the references that I have provided you will find that you have misunderstood what is going on here and, as a consequence, are unnecessarily exposing yourself to avoidable risk. If you want to use Steam then that is your choice and I am NOT trying to dissuade you; but please recognize the risks you are taking and take precautions to protect yourself (encrypt your valuable data or move it to a safe location) before it is too late. Please, please don't bury your head in the sand and pretend there is no danger!
I also had a massive problem with Steam when I bought a 2nd hand FM game from Amazon. They won't accept that goods and hence ownership can change hands and thus will not allow a 2nd person to use a preregistered license.
Personally FM2010 felt like nothing new had been added to the game and frankly I only buy this every few years. Granted the graphics were much better but I quickly got bored and binned it. Perhaps I have outgrown the game.
Most people, at some point, need to learn how to do banking online. No matter if they still like to physically stand in queue at the actual bank and do their business, they still have to learn how to manage it online. With it comes security issues, on both sides, but it follows the same principle as online gaming.
Depending on the bank you have different layers of security, some uses authenticators and some uses several different password structures to protect you. If you fail to keep your PC safe you're vulnerable not to just lose your Steam account but also everything else that is of value. Blizzard introduced an authenticator for its online platform, Square Enix introduced an authenticator in the CE of their latest MMO and I can see on the horizon that it will come to Steam as well.
Regardless if the user has an authenticator and three different layers of password protection is still of utmost importance to keep your PC safe and secure. I've encountered (and helped) dozens of people with their bloated and trojan filled computers, they're not aware of the fundamentals of PC security and then they blame everyone else, Steam included, for their own failure.
People need to understand that online platforms, both games and business, are the future and it's going to evolve even further with the growth of the Internet and its increased speed.
Thank you Mr D.K Lind - you make a good point and it's true that a lot of people need to improve online security (as we have improved housing security over the years). Regardless of the security aspect, I find Steam has a terrible service. It's fine if everything goes smoothly, but when there are any wee problems (and there always are), then it's a nightmare. There customer service is so slow - like something from the dark ages. If this is the future of gaming, at the moment it's Italia 90 on the megadrive, I'll wait until it's upto at least FIFA 98 before I consider anything like Steam.
Personally, I find Steam offers nothing to my gaming experience except hassle.
Steam adds nothing to the game and when when they are no longer able to provide you with the updates, security you need to play your favourite games (but cant) you will see the pointlessness of having a third party control access to your games. Dont try to convince me that Steam will be around forever because technology moves too fast for this to be a stable way to access your software. If I buy a product, I want to own the product, not just part of it. Imagine some unscrupulous hacker getting into Steam and adding malicious software attachments. Gosh, thats never going to happen is it!!!!! So dont come crying when your pc/laptops are all being hijacked.