OK I need to add my 2 cents to this.
Firstly where on earth did you get "HAVE TO ALWAYS BE ONLINE TO PLAY THE GAME" cause I would really love to know this. You only need to be online to activate the game through your steam account.
Secondly Skyrim is a steam-works game. Even the retail copy's. The game is by made Bethesda Game Studios. So that is why you need steam. Nothing wrong with that at all. Since steam is one of the best Clients out there. Even with its ups.
Thirdly Only inactive accounts containing no games are deleted. Accounts cannot be deleted by request.
Fourthly if your game up in any way you can reinstall the game again. You in no way need to buy a new one.
Well HornyMan08, you have ranted about rubbish except one part and that is the deleting of accounts. I can probably sense you are a steam hater or trolling. Well I can say this i would suggest for the next time you decide to comment or state something. Check your facts right before you come on here and shout your head off and make yourself look like a fool. Or troll somewhere else.
[Edited by ServiusTheBear, 5/7/2012 2:12:08 AM]
And just to add my own two cents to Serv's, even though his was about Skyrim and mine's about Steam... BUT! I don't know where you get the idea that games are more bug ridden on Steam than Retail. I've had far more problems installing and playing games from Retail discs than I've ever had from Steam.
Maybe you and some others have had some bad personal experiences, but don't dump them on the service as a whole and make it sound like everyone exeperiences the same.
Steam also DOES have the latest patches. All of my games are up to date. If a game doesn't have the latest patch, that's because the developer hasn't supplied a Steam-compatible patch, and it's not Steam's responsibility to make one.
As my partner in crime has stated. He is right.
1. It is not steams responsibility to make a patch, it is the developers if they do not give it to steam oh well.
2. Making out that every single person gets the same problems is bull , that act just annoys me. I hear more about people crying about problems and when some one who actually dose not have any issues at all gets hammered down by all those who do and call them lairs, Another act that annoys me. So do not make it out that everyone has the same problems. Many might do or might not. everyone's systems are different!
3. Sorry but games are not far more bug ridden on steam. I have over 107 games and I have never had any serious issues or issues that would cause any loss in enjoyment of the game. I have to admit I have had retail games that where problematic.