I'm going to ask all PC gamers a simple question; even though I know (and expect, honestly) one of these three to far and away take the votes, I still want to hear some compelling arguments for all sides.
So PC gamers, I want to know: Steam, GoG, Amazon DD, or Origin? Which download service do you find the best?
+ Largest catalog of games
+ Cheap prices
+ Community features like Screenshot sharing, user profiles, friend feeds, messaging, chat, and more
+ Periodic Steam sales that offer some of the best games available at throwaway prices
+ Supports non Steam Games too
+ Showcase for indie games
+ Buy a game once and it runs on any OS you may own
- Steam is a form of DRM and may support additional DRM on top of that.
- Games are only licensed to the end user, and if Steam ever goes bust, you may lose access to all your games.
+ Some old games found nowhere else are found on GoG
+ Incredibly cheap prices, and GoG sells you the full package necessary to run a particularly old game (like emulators, compatibility patches etc.) as part of the package if you buy some ridiculously old game
+ NO DRM
+ Periodic sales across their catalog that give away games at throwaway prices
+ Buy a game once and you gain access to it on any OS you may own
+ Games come with bonus content, like manuals, collectors items available digitally as PDFs, wallpapers, and more.
- Limited catalog compared to Steam
- No community features at all; GoG exists as a storefront on the web, and as a download client, but it offers nothing else
+ Nice catalog of EA games as well as several third party games
+ Future EA games can only be had on Origin digitally
+ Existence of community features; although not as full fledged as Steam's, they still outdo any other competing service on the market
+ Origin gives you a unified account across games on any and all systems that Origin supports
+ Pleasing user interface on the client
- Windows only
- Heavy form of DRM restrictions, as well as a restrictive ToU
- Catalog is limited; many notable third parties do not support Origin yet
- Generally, there are no sales
+ Huge catalog
+ Frequent sales that often sell bundles of games at throaway prices
+ All third parties support it
+ Not locked to Amazon's DRM; therefore, games bought from Amazon DD can be added to Origin or Steam if you want
- No community features at all. Amazon DD exists just as a download client
- A single game sold on Amazon DD may have multiple forms of DRM
- Game sales are not OS unified; therefore, if a game was bought for PC on Amazon DD, you have to buy it separately to gain access to it on Mac.
So PC gamers... which one do you like the best, and why? And can you come up with compelling arguments for all of them?
Please let's have an intelligent discussion. No 'lol Origin sucks because EA,' please; try and assess each of these rationally, fairly, objectively.