Here it is, man. Steam games don't even need the authentication service to play. The Steam client has offline mode, which you could put it in, permanently. All you've got to do is connect it once, to unlock your games. And if Steam servers died, they have a local backup system. Steam is a FEATURE, NOT A BUG. It doesn't use DRM at all, by default. The games are very cheap, and it provides management services not just for games you buy on Steam, but for others as well. It has an in-game IM client and web browser, it has activation on the Steam network for retail games, (just type in the serial from the booklet) it is a great product, and I enjoy using it. I would much rather use Steam than pirate, and that's what I do when I have the chance. Valve is doing exactly what they have to: offer a better service than the pirates. :)
Honestly, what I will do, because I love Steam, is I will buy a cheap used copy of a pc game and activate the CD key on Steam. I still have the resellability of a physical copy, and I can play it w/o Steam, but with all the convenience, awesomeness, and peace of mind that comes with Steam. People really shouldn't hate on Steam. It's the most inobtrusive DRM out there. It doesn't interfere in any way, and in fact helps the customer. I see it as an incentive to buy it if there's a Steam version, not "I hate Steam" It's really a feature. Plus, it still lets you play your games offline, you really only have to activate them the first time. Steam is innovative and a good product.
Libraries are some amazing things, Bob. At libraries, you can read any book you like. Some even have comfortable chairs. And you know, it's not like the guy with the beer and the game doesn't have books he enjoys. I promise you, everyone will have at least a few books they truly enjoy. Libraries are paid for out of the excess money from parks and recreational districts. So, if you want to rip off the libraries, that's a bad deal for your city's parks, rec centers, et cetera, as well. Have fun being a troll, Bob. Next time you want to read a book, I'll come take the necessary royalties out of your wallet.
I LOVE vinyl, it is really the best quality sound you can get. Personally, I buy vinyl and then "pirate" mp3s for when I'm on the go. They get more money than they would from most people, cause vinyl's more expensive than CDs. But, I'm still the bad guy.
Yes there are. If it weren't for "piracy", nearly all of Patrick Troughton's years as Doctor would be forgotten. But people pirated, they recorder the episodes on audio cassettes, they made transcripts. Piracy made these episodes survive.