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IJBM: "Steam's new security features are ruining Steam!"
Well, perhaps, if you don't have a smartphone, and actually want to profit off of trades and Steam Community Market transactions.
But honestly, fuck the item economy. People like complaining so bitterly about microtransactions and forced online gameplay, yet they gladly take up item trading and market usage.
I wouldn't mind if all the trading cards, emoticons, badges, and profile backgrounds all just disappeared. Would I "lose" a bunch of value? Well, you could say yes, since I have a bunch of trading cards, but you could also say no, because I'm not ever planning to throw them onto the Market anyway.
But what would be gained? Steam could go back to being all about selling and digitally distributing games.
And I think it's possible to have it on a tablet or not-actively-serviced smartphone.
But yeah, the funny thing is that Steam takes a more significant chunk if it's really low-priced -- 1 of 3 cents goes to Steam, so that's 33%, much higher than the 5% they usually take.
That said, what sort of alternative would you propose to what Valve has done so far regarding security? They do have to deal with legions of scammers trying to phish and hijack people. Someone I read today suggested that they come up with their own dedicated external hardware device.