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Steam gives you a big community and connects you with your friends, it's somewhat like a LAN party over the Internet (I still prefer a real lan party though).
A generic app store is nothing like that. No, I don't think Steam and Gabe are obsolete at all.
Open platforms are great as long as you don't have to open yours...He also comments how he likes open platforms.
I know, I know, I am asking for too much. The fact that there will eventually be access to ~2,500 games on linux is great on its own.
Games as for sure the driving force behind Windows and what keeps it floating.
Some years ago (2-3) i showed Linux to some people and even installed it in their PCs (UBUNTU) and they loved it....no virus,
easy updates , almost all programs that the a typical John Doe needs are pre-installed (only needing some extra easy to install),etc.
...and they were quite happy with it....till then.....
WHERE ARE THE GAMES ?!?
No AAA games ?!? (except ETQW and little more)
They removed Linux and reinstalled Windows
We need native games on Linux and that's it or will never be (more) popular.
OTOH, this is just another example of the myriad ways one can interprete "openess".
I'm not even sure why I don't have any objections against the Steam environment...
Over the years I experienced Steam as very consumer friendly platform,
although it is full of DRM (be it Steam or additional publisher DRM).
The only real problem I see is: What happens with my purchased games (or better game licenses)
if Valve/Steam becomes defunct at some point for the one or other reason?
This question, obviously, has been raised many times.
So far, I didn't came across an satisfying answer.
Simply put - no one knows.
Windows appstore gives you a big community and connects you with your friends, it's somewhat like a LAN party over the Internet.
Windows appstore is not a generic app store its a full service this makes sure Steam and Gabe are obsolete on the windows platform.
Now the obsolete "losers" try to get the old status quo back again by using linux as a substitute.
Well its nice for Linux but only superficial because the "Openness" and "Freedom" is the complete opposite direction than DRM/Copy-protection in other words bondage and forced.
Well well the future will tell us how the story ends.