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Steam and Valve has always had a large number of fanboys defending them rabidly, even from legitimate criticism. Like the issues surrounding playing games offline - you need to connect online, set it to offline mode, and hope the games you want work as it's a bit inconsistent. But as you can't always predict when you'll be offline, you can be locked out from accessing your games, even though they're installed on your hard drive and the executables are accessible through explorer. That's obviously a problem, but when it's mentioned on the Steam forums there's a flood of people saying "Well it's your fault for not being online". But then when any other company has a similar sort of DRM, like Origin or Blizzard or Ubisoft, they are labelled the cancer killing PC gaming.
The Steam sales are obviously good, though not as good in recent years with less killer deals, but the price of new games on Steam is pretty steep. In my experience, I've always saved at least 1/3 of the price of a new game by buying the disc from ShopTo and just redeeming it on Steam.
I'm a big fan of GoG - no need to download a client, games are DRM free, good mixture of classic, indie and new games, lots of bonus content which is nice, and things are the same price or cheaper than Steam. Only thing it lacks is the community aspect that Steam has, which I think is why Steam has the monopoly because it integrates achievements and forums and all that.