Ahhh yes...Panzer's long standing hatred of anyone that still likes to game old titles without being a slave to their gaming client masters! ...lol ...JK PM.
I have steam with a few games on it...but rarely fire it up. I still game plenty and enjoy many older games still...and also settle for playing some titles on my Xbox one from the comfort of my couch. So I guess Xbox live could be a service?
It's a good thing that DCS doesn't operate like steam...imagine firing up DCS and having a forced beta update jammed down your throat. "Wait!...I haven't saved my keybindings yet"
I remember when I was on DSL...fired up Steam to play Shogun 2 and even though I had it set to NOT update the game ever...a 20gb
update started being downloaded automatically. Couldn't stop it and play as it said there was an update in progress. Couldn't play for a couple days til it finished.
In a lot of ways...older games were much more polished and more attention was payed to AI. So I guess my perspective is from someone that enjoys single player titles...I don't like relying on other humans for my gaming fun.