Valve Announce Steamcloud, Sounds Great

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Valve have today announced Steamcloud, a new element to their Steam service that will allow the company to store your user data online. What kind of data?

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Stuff like saved games. Keyboard configurations. Preferences. That kind of thing. So if you're playing on one PC and move to another (say, you're playing in a cafe, or buy a new PC), you can keep all that stuff. Pretty neat. Also announced were some extra services Valve have in store later down the line, like driver auto-updating, and a means for Steam to check your PC, check that game you want to buy then give you a fairly conclusive answer on whether you'll be able to play it or not. Bless you, Valve. Bless you.

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Damn you Steam...

If the savegame thing isn't optional (and doesn't leave a copy on my PC,) I'll reinstall and go offline to never update - not that it's likely to listen, it hardly does now. Oh wait, I don't have that freedom - as soon as I install it'll update Steam itself, won't it?

But if they EVER update a driver on my system without asking first, I will go to war with them with whatever I have. (lawyers and hacking tools, not guns...)

Why do people welcome this straightjacket for a little temporary convenience? They control the horizontal. They control the vertical. They get away with more than any other game company ever. And if they ever dissappear - wait, all companies do eventually - there will be more gamers screwed over and harder, than ever before all over the world. This is called "putting all your eggs in one basket."

Ok folks, flame-on. Just don't expect replies to any but the best.