It is not censorship when a private party removes posts on his own website. You have no inalienable right to be heard on a particular person's website, just as you have no right to shout anything you want in someone's living room, and they have every right to ask you (or force you) to leave.
Which is to say: Steam's policy is (maybe has always been; I'm not sure) that even if they ban your account you will still have access to all of the games you owned under it; you just won't be able to add new games you purchase to the account.
"Still, he apparently believes that using Adbblock is very, very naughty, you should feel horrible, and if you want to get back on the right side of morality you should send him toys (he provides a handy link to his Amazon wishlist)."
That is a complete misrepresentation of the video and not supported by video itself.
In the video Jim says that yeah, he's fine with adblock, and he understands why people use it. He says he personally would appreciate users whitelisting the site, but he knows that what he's asking -- them sacrificing their own experience for his gain, with no tangible benefit to them -- is quite a lot, and that he blames nobody and casts no judgement on those who have adblock.
For the people who use adblock because the ads on the Escapist are so horrible and obnoxious, but who for some reason /do/ feel guilty about it, he mentions alternate ways of supporting him without making your browsing experience worse.
There is no shaming, no calling of naughtiness, and the only people he seems angry towards are those who demand he modify his show to their needs while they brag about adblocking his site. One such conversation prompted him to make the video.
I'm not big on calling people sensationalist, but you were pretty damn dishonest.
[T]hat whole freedom of speech thing protects such asshattery. But it's a good thing it also protects the creative reviewers of Gary's establishment.
He's saying there is no problem here, except the restaurant owner is an asshole, he delights at the creative responses some people have made to the restaurant owner's assholery, and he disapproves of the restaurant owner, which is also protected speech.
VAC is enabled only on specific servers, and you can choose not to enable it on your machine and to only play on VAC-free servers. It doesn't exist on singleplayer games and many multiplayer games. It is separate from Steam.
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: DRM should never be trusted.
Another (imo bigger) issue is that you can't publish to steam without DRM.
That's not true. You can publish to Steam without DRM, and plenty of publishers have. These games can be launched from their executables without Steam needing to run. They don't use Steamworks or any third-party DRM.
I originally had the title in quotes, which meant the comma before it was correct. However, since in American English the punctuation goes inside the quotes, I changed my mind and italicized the correction instead. That's how the comma got there.