Quoting bilun, reply 12
Query: how exactly do you know steam is causing the problem? How can you be sure it's not some problem between your bopx and Rebellion rather then your box and steam?
He said it has happened with two games. Its hard to say without knowing what the other one is, but it seems to be a likely it is steam. Or perhaps more likely steam not setting up some of the other software it is supposed too, like direct X or something like that, which games are going to assume are installed correctly on the computer.
Fair enough. I'm just by nature often skeptical on this particular subject- perhaps a bit too much so.
Between me and a few friend I live with we've bought and played hundreds of games on steam spanning 9-10 computers over the years between the three of us, and none of us have ever had a single problem caused by steam. by contrast the people who hate steam seem to miraculously hit problems caused by steam 50% or more of the time as it's often told. That seems a pretty tough set of statistics to swallow- Hard to attribute to mere chance.
of course problems with steam exist- this is true of any program- But they seem to occur uncharacteristically often with those who already have a grip with Steam.
So either something is different(which is likely to say either the user or computer in question), resulting in a different probability of problems, or people are misattributing their problems.
That is not to say this is necessarily the case for the OP- I'm only speaking in generalities. Of course to be fair, I'm likely too quick to judge because of all the steam hate around these parts.
Anyway to OP: I don't really mean to be a jerk on the matter- sorry if I vented any spillover annoyance on you built up by the general anti-steam sentiment that seems so prevalent on these forums. Your posts were very reasonable and polite, and I shouldn't be snapping at you over generalizations.
Well on the bright side, you can probably get a refund if you don't intend to play at this points. Valve will generally give you one if you explain the situation.