But the truth of the matter is that I'd probably prefer running a game in Steam to one not in it.
It's just plain useful.
1. I no longer have to worry about losing a DVD, or scratching it. My entire games library is available with a click of a button and a network download. Upgrading to a new computer is painless.
2. I don't have to search the web for the latest updates and patches to the game, it's kept updated automatically.'
3. I don't have to download sketchy no-cd patches from the web, since everything is on disk and not annoying me.
4. Save games (optionally) go into the cloud, meaning i can play on 1 machine, then move to another one and pick up right where i left off.
The downsides are:
1. A lightweight DRM system which i've never once noticed getting in my way.
In other words, there are a lot of concrete reasons to like Steam, and 1 largely theoretical reason to dislike it.
Which isn't to say that you have to agree. I just think that a lot of people might like Steam better than they think if they gave it a fair shake and didn't have their minds made up ahead of time.