While I do have issues with Steam (namely, the client's kind of bloated, and I think offering a separate, lightweight, validation-only client would be a good idea), it's a FAR far far more benign form of DRM than the shit EA is pulling with SimCity. And this is where I really disagree with the anti-DRM-on-principle guys. Piracy happens. DRMs going to happen. Go with the not totally bullshit DRM, have it do REALLY well, and hope other developers flock to it.
Which actually has largely been the case. Yeah, there's some unfriendly stuff in Valve's EULA, but their service is ultimately one that helps out both customers and publishers, which is why Steam's kind of... doing so damn well. It's just that EA is deeply fucking stupid, and hopefully this SimCity debacle will force them to realize that.
I'm also aware that I'm eventually going to have to crack my copy of Amalur, because I have no idea if/when EA is going to shut down the DLC validation servers for that, and I'm not looking forward to having to sort through the mess of viruses that tend to go hand in hand with... cracking games I legally purchased and paid money for.
Anyway, up to the temple ruins in Felghana. I realize now that instead of grinding for another level, I should've just gone back to town and bought the upgraded armor -- the dungeon gives you enough money for that -- and gained a level just in the process of doing that. Still think the boss's attack patterns were a little bullshit/uninteresting. On the other hand there IS something about this game making me feel tingly inside, so I'm definitely not going to give it up.
Also finding it vastly easier to play with the keyboard than the mouse, which is surprising since you get more range of movement with the mouse.
Do wonder why the... Ys Eternal remake/port that came out recently didn't update anything to the Ys 6 engine.
Also picked up NiGHTS since GamersGate had it on sale. It plays a hell of a lot better than it looks, although the emulation on the Saturn version in-game is kind of goofy and I keep getting missing... triangles or whatever the fuck the Saturn used.
Did like three quests in Kingdoms of Amalur, and just entered the House of Ballads.
Can't tell if the post-processing effects look good or if they look like a vicodin overdose.