Just use paypal, it supports direct debit from a non credit carded bank account. Honestly though, who cares if a kid without a credit card can't buy from steam? there are so many ways they can get the item it's ridiculous. More importantly Steam on Linux will eventually lead to more game devs on Linux, more tools on linux, and more hobbyists making open source games on Linux. Once the tools come over people will start making more content. Don't believe me? I used to make game mods all the time, and I stopped when I was trying to mod an open source engine because there just weren't any tools to do the graphics on Linux. Blender is not a replacement for Caligari TrueSpace in my workflow. I tried for ages to compensate but TrueSpace just had the only modelling system I could understand naturally. This wa the same even for Maya and 3DS Max. I couldn't use them, but I could use TrueSpace. This is what I've been trying to impress on Linux people for years. Blender can't substitute an application like that because you get used to a workflow and the new interface just doesn't feel right. I even tried to rewrite TrueSpace on Linux as an application so I could have my workflow back, but writing a 3D modeller is really hard. More Games/Tools on Linux can only be a good thing for Linux gaming.
C'mon Q, you can do better then this! The other crazies are making you look bad! If you really acted the way you thought was right you'd agree that the best course of action against DRM is to stick to your principles and refuse to use the DRM'd software. Advocating copyright infringement just makes you look like a hypocrite when you support the GPL! What gives?
Overall thatís a big mistake because: Iím not a Troll I really use the radeon driver and i really tried to play teamfortress2.
The others you call animal names are really strange there is a pirate windows version and they also can pirate windows it just makes no sense to use a legal version of a free operating system "Linux" to use pirate software only to not pirate windows.
The real point is what I say makes sense! what the pirate Troll says make no "sense" at all.
"If you really acted the way you thought was right"
The only person in the world you have to explain your acting is your self.
For all the other persons there are so many good Psychology books it does not worth it to explain these people anything.
If you want to know why people act like humans buy Psychology books on Amazon and don't waste my time on that.
"Advocating copyright infringement just makes you look like a hypocrite when you support the GPL! What gives?"
In my point of view you are wrong here just because the GPL as a license is only there because the copyright law is broken!
In a word without self-justice closed source software would be against the law because its a kind of self-justice.
On the other side all people who use your "code" would pay for your code not because of self-justice but because of real justice.
Because of this the GPL is only to fix broken copyright law!
Just fix the copyright law and no one ever do have the need for GPL at all.
The fair thing would be a try before you buy model, not with a demo, but the WHOLE GAME for 24 hours. The FULL version. Let the client appraise the quality of game and make his choice if he wants to support you or not. Let him judge if the price you ask is fair or not.
One of the reasons I love FOSS. I have a choice when it comes to compensation. I can choose to "tip" the people behind a programme if I like what they do. It's marvellous!
When you get a game pass from a friend you can try the full game for usually 1 or 2 days. Sometimes there are free weekends to try games like L4D2 as well. I personally dislike a bit that the "default" price for many games is relatively high and you have to wait for special deals to buy em for a reasonable amount of money (interestingly the price depends on the country you live in, in Germany you pay usually 20% more than in the US but Russians get a 66% discount). Beside from that i basically like Steam supports gifts that you can give your friends (or receive of course). I did not notice of any DRM restrictions other than you can not start the Steam client on 2 systems the sam time. Without Steam Guard i have it on several systems preinstalled but can of course use only 1 at a time - basically thats fair and i hope that Valve is successfull with Linux and a possible Steambox. I hope that 3rd party games receice speed optimisations because they could be really faster compared to Win. Also the load times for Source engine games need to improve drastically...
I didn't know you could try out the full version too. It is a really nice development if this is happening, and i am sure a key part of the success of Valve. As i said, i used to pirate games, right now i don't because i don't game at all.