and as such, I use Steam because I have to, not because I want to. Which is rather the point, really.
Bingo, and very astutely put.
This is unfortunately the case for many "Steam" users and in this day and age should not be so.
As I think I stated earlier somewhere in this thread, if people were being forced to do or use something in other areas of their lives, they'd scream blue murder.
Why should Valve get away with it ?