Not so Good Guy Valve?
A somewhat troubling new...feature of Steam has emerged via some astute NeoGaffers. For those who don't know, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance is now available for pre-order, on sale no less, on Steam. And other places, but, y'know, Steam. This is good news to most people (can't honestly fathom why, but I always was something of a contrarian) but is tempered with something less appealing. Something we honestly would never have expected to see coming from Steam.
Name Steam Sub 36077
Name (Store) METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE
So far as we can see, Revengeance is the only game to have this flag to yes at the present time. But it sets a worrying precedent. One of Steam's greatest strengths is allowing access to games at the cheapest possible price. I myself have had many an occasion where I have asked an American buddy to pick up a game that's cheaper over there, or I do the same for them. It's a bit of a whiny entitlement kind of deal, sure, and I can understand the principal, from a business perspective, that game developers want to get as much money as possible. I get that. But as a consumer, I like having the option of pinching the pennies when I can..
So make of this what you will folks.