The Daily Grind: Do you use Steam for MMOs?

    
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Massively OP reader Damonvile recently sent us a link to a Medium piece on Steam declaring 2015 the best year for Steam — ever. Sales were up for Valve over the course of the year, peaking in December in spite of the Christmas day snafu. Intriguingly, the data suggest that over the last few months, the release pace of new games overall has slowed considerably and possibly even peaked, a trend we’ve suspected applies to our genre as well.

For MMORPG players, though, Steam isn’t quite the end-all, be-all of gaming. Many of the biggest MMOs — like World of Warcraft, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Guild Wars 2 — aren’t available on the service, and those studios that do place their games on Steam are often crowded out by hordes of F2P games or simply use Steam as a hook into their own service and client (something that drives me bonkers!).

How about you? Do you use Steam for MMOs? Do you use it at all?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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sydh
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sydh

If I see a free to play mmo listed up on it I may give it a try. I don’t really search out mmo’s anymore with less free time. Otherwise not really since you end up just using the game’s launcher as I’ve seen so far.

C4de
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C4de

I broke down and tried it. I stand by my opinion; it offers nothing I need, little I want, and it’s a crappy piece of software besides.

Just let me buy the f**king game.

confectionally
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confectionally

I swore off buying MMOs on Steam ever since the trend seemed to become Steam user accounts being a walled garden that meant I’d be locked into buying any expansions or cash shop money through Steam too with no alternative.  It’s awkward particularly when I already have prior accounts for some titles and I just don’t want to juggle or have to figure out all the complexities.  The thing I like about regular Steam games is having one simple place for all my games and one simple way to do everything…since Steam doesn’t really provide that for MMOs I don’t think it’s worth it.

Ghostmourn
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Ghostmourn

I use steam daily however not so much for MMO’s because they tend to release on steam after the initial launch, for instance TSW I would LOVE to play TSW on steam but I already bought it from funcom once.

Adri Cortesia
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Adri Cortesia

I use steam mostly for singleplayer games or things like DayZ or ARK. I’m not sure about these games if the count towards the MMO thing or not. 
The only MMO I own in steam is TSW but I don’t play this game anymore. So technically yes (for TSW) but not right now.

Loopstah
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Loopstah

Generally yes, but only to launch the game so that i can entice my friends to join my session. Other than that, Steam for me is just a chat platform.

spoilofthelamb
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spoilofthelamb

I rarely use steam. I multibox on occasion (mostly for RP purposes), which eats up a lot of resources. Anything that can be shut down often needs to be.

dorn2
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dorn2

Steam is a lot better than most MMO launchers. It’s not always better though so there are situations where I wouldn’t.  Of course the games with better launchers usually aren’t on Steam anyways.

Hurbster
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Hurbster

I still have bad memories of DCUO when the EU version was run by that awful company, ProbienSat or something like that.

Nate Woodard
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Nate Woodard

It depends on whether or not I have to use a third party app, like Arc or Glyph, etc. In that case, it goes through Steam as it seems to be the most stable. Though, I will say that I try not to use Steam and especially the other ones if I don’t have to. Thankfully, all the games I play don’t require one.