I just finished listening to this episode #23.
Games as Art was sorta a softball question to mull over. Since art is a subjective experience, no matter the medium the eye of the beholder will always find something to captivate them.
The portion speaking of the Steam
delivery system of direct download of games. It seems whomever wrote up the article the three of you were breaking down. That Steam will ruin it for others is just plain jealous of their success, in my opinion.
Yes, it is for Steam to lose this game (pun intended
) on the retail end of things. Where they've expanded from just delivering Valve products to a catalog of other game publishers work.
, is another direct download retailer online here in the States. That is part of IGN, which runs sites like GameSpy and FilePlanet. That i would consider a distant 2nd from Steam in the same format of delivering games. One time i purchased a game from D2D (Direct2Drive) at a promotion. That when i ran the client for the first time it linked to the Steam service by default to get into the game world. (the game in question was "Saints Row 2
Other direct download services are from the game publishers themselves such as EA. That have a slice of this format to retail gamers / customers for themselves.