I didn't see that because I was anxious to get a couple games going now that my summer activities slowed and I need to "stock up" for the winter.
I DID buy and download - Armikrog from GOG ! It was painless and rewarding to get that game and keep on my PC !
I emailed Gamer's Gate to ask for a credit and received a response within a few hours and on Sunday ! What happened was after I thought I purchased the game, because on the site is says "BUY" in a big green bubble, I received their confirmation as usual, and an EMAIL with a link to the DOWNLOAD!!! When I went to the link, all my previous games were in my Library including The Perils of Man BUT there was NO download option on that game - that's when I looked a little closer at the site and the game and saw the DRM - Steam Required.
I have been in touch with Gamer's Gate tech who did sympathize with me but could not offer a refund because I had already clicked on and saw the STEAM KEY ! I advised him that not everyone likes or wants to use STEAM and the game was only $9.99 and not a big loss.
He wrote back saying that its the way game purchases are heading for - that STEAM will be the de-facto way we buy and play games.
I ended with telling him... "The day we loose our ability to choose where we buy product, i.e. a digital game, and we are force to install inferior software on our machines we don't want, would be a sad day for me indeed.
There are horror stories all over the internet regarding Steam and I myself have had a serious problem with it. I would gladly retire from gaming if that ever happened."
Yes Ana - I am seeing that more and more on sites where they sell you a key to use with the STEAMWORKS application. I am not happy with that - I feel the developers should not funnel their product through one and only one venue. I do not understand what goes on in the background when these games are published, but it seem to me that these publishers/developers would only stand to gain if their games were available DRM free through other sites like GOG - Direct2Drive and even Gamer's Gate.
Remember when you bought a game and got a box with the disks, a little booklet, and whatever other promotional material that it came with ??? When that went away, I was also saddened a bit , but I did embrace the fact that I could still OWN a game via a digital download and keep it, make a disk if I desired, or just copy it to another machine if I needed to.
STEAM kills all that !! The Internet is full of STEAM related dislikes, issues, and problems.
I may be swimming upstream on this but I can only hope that sites like GOG, etc., etc. continue and grow.