That's a great example... I haven't seen that problem on Steam, but I've experienced what Akblader said for Trials Fusion on Uplay... but speaking of my Trials Fusion purchase; I wasn't aware I would be required to run BOTH Steam and Uplay. So we're back to a philosophical issue, but it's quite a legitimate issue. Anytime any of us are required to run a separate non-related executable in order to run a game, it is an unnecessary nuisance. If you enjoy the extra "integrated" features of Steam and Uplay (namely achievements, etc.) -- that's great, but I will always prefer a game that can run on its own without a digital content provider service being required to run.Akbalder wrote:When the Uplay servers are down, it's not possible to play to any Uplay game (even offline).eyebo wrote:I hear a lot of people say nasty things about uplay. But I have yet to hear any solid argument against it. Does it crash a lot? Is it slow? What is your problem with it? Is it more of a philosophical issue?
And the Uplay server are often down: Each time Ubisfot releases a big game, you can be sure that the Uplay servers will be down...
ManiaPlanet is a great example of the nuisance, because Steam users can't change titles inside the running ManiaPlanet.exe, they are dumped out of it and have to relaunch it when running it via Steam... hence my article on the Team FNG site encouraging Steam users to still go download the standalone installer so they aren't burdened with the extra app close/restart issue.
I'm grateful there is alternate option for ManiaPlanet and wish that all Steam, Uplay, Origin and other games offered the same thing. I will run a separate integration executable if and when I want to take advantage of the "extras" they offer, but I don't want to be tied to them.
Because I have been blessed with ManiaPlanet standalone and TMUF standalone, I rarely run Steam anymore and get annoyed when I want to play Steam games and remember that I have to launch it first.
Sorry, long answer to your short question, eyebo.