I'm firing up this Dark Messiah: Might and Magic game right, which I leeched via Steam. Now, you know, on one hand downloading it off Steam is kinda handy right and it just downloads direct to my PC. On the other hand it's 7GB so it's not a small leech. So it's pretty much a toss-up whether to buy it in the shops or off Steam. I buy it off Steam and then they go screw me further and don't unlock it to play until after lunchtime on the day of release. Had I bought it from Gameplay, I would have had it yesterday and no download necessary.
The point of this digital distribution stuff is supposed to be that it's better, not worse!
Oh and to add insult to injury, despite this apparently being a Source-powered game, they've seen fit to disable alt-tab. So I can't just nip out to check my email or whatever else I need to do. Meaning I'll clearly get to play it less often, confined as it will need to be, to times when I can know I wont have to do anything else with my PC. That is, quite frankly, pathetic. They must have actually gone and disabled/broken this feature from Steam as it works perfectly fine in Half-Life 2 games.
Gah, why don't they test this stuff form an actual end-users perspective?