On my recent podcast with Nicholas from Samurai Punk, we got on the subject of Steam and more specifically about the challenges of competing against it. For years now industry experts have talked about the market control of Steam over the PC industry and many people don’t like how Steam has become a monopoly and would like a competitor to appear. But thinking about it more, it’s not just creating a digital platform and the problems with finding a true competitor is an almost impossible task.
Yet another quick conversation with Ken and I about the Summer sale season quickly escalated into one of the most tangent filled casts we’ve had. And if you’ve listened to previous casts, then you know that says a lot.
This week was supposed to be a simple cast with Ken, returning guest Lorson and myself but instead turned into a tangent filled discussion.
Over the last Steam sale I decided to buy Farcry 3, and that purchase went from joy to annoyance when I discovered that not only did it require UPlay, but it forcibly installed Punkbuster on my computer even if I had no intention of playing online.
UPlay has been facing negative reactions from gamers since its launch in 2009 and depending on who you talk to, is worse than Origin. For today’s post, we’re going to take a look at this system and why the few things it does well are overshadowed by the negatives.