Steam Down by michael.lyons60, on Flickr So annoying! It isn't like there is a sale on or anything. I mentioned elsewhere yesterday that I've begun to gravitate away from Steam because of various annoyances that rear their ugly little heads here and there. As far as I am concerned any annoyance that gets in the way of my gaming is one annoyance too many. Problems I have with Steam: Slow launching of games as I must wait on the client (no, I do not want it running constantly) Connect issues as above with the store. Connect issues when using the back button navigating in the store. I often get errors forcing me to start over since back leads to a 404 equivalent. Occasional problems with the Steam overlay not getting along with games. Messages from random people I do not want to hear from. Yes, I can and do block these folks who want to hack my MW2 game, etc. but I'd rather never need to be bothered. Random disconnects/logouts which the easiest cure for I find is to just quit and restart. Their policy of freezing an entire account if you have a billing issue even if it isn't your fault. I've been lucky here but I've hoped it would never affect me. Frequent use of generic Steam icons for my games instead of the actual nice looking game icons. Yes, this is minor. No, I don't care. I dislike this a lot. I want my pretty icons and I get to want what I want. I also do not want to have to waste my time fixing these. Junk ware overload in the store. Sure, they have a ton of games including for Mac but separating the wheat from the chaff can be a pain in the rear. They offer no ability to make Early Access, Indie Platformer #10287395 disappear from suggestions, etc. You have to wade through over a thousand titles in your queue over time to hopefully, maybe hide this stuff from being in your face on the storefront. DRM on top of DRM. Personally, I have not ever had any problem with Steam's DRM itself but publisher DRM layered over this sucks. Yes, that is the publisher's fault. However, I never see this on the app store. Plus one for the app store, minus 1 for Steam. General buggyness of the Steam client for Mac. In fairness, I will now list things I've liked about Steam: Achievements I get along the way (I almost never go after them) Time tracking of hours I play each game. Organization of my game library (this is just ok, not a big deal). I have some friends on Steam that I like to keep in touch with there and see what they are playing, etc. so the activity feed is nice. Downloads are faster than the app store is a plus but also not a big deal here. Built in screenshot sharing with the friends I mention above. As you can see, there's more i dislike about Steam than I like overall. So I've been gravitating more towards other sources, particularly the Mac App Store. One thing I have to acknowledge regarding Steam is the prices and sales. However, by being on the Game Agent mailing list and keeping a wish list on their site, I am alerted to Mac App Store game sales which can be very good as well. Currently as you may know Aspyr is running a sale and featuring some short term deals on MAS that I find out about via email as they come up. I got the latest Sim City by them for half off yesterday on the MAS. Don't heckle me for that now. Smaller, simpler and offline all work for me. It's funny. I was such an advocate for Steam at one time. Even now it isn't like I hate it but I am starting to prefer the App Store where possible for quick client-free launches, pretty icons and prices that are just as good if you keep an eye out for deals. I like GOG as well. I put myself on the Mac Game Store email list for specials as well. I am curious about where you guys prefer to shop and why.