For the past few years, I've heard of Steam and Steamworks - separate but related things, and I've been lead to believe that it's bad, even though Steam is the best digital distribution platform available currently. Why is it that Steamworks gets a bad wrap? Some companies refused to sell Modern Warfare 2 years ago I think; boycotted it because it was a steamworks title. And I've spoken to some people over at NAG when they still had a DVD suggestion thread which I can't seem to find anymore, and they guys said that they refused to download anything from Steam for some reason, saying that in South Africa, Steam wasn't yet up to scratch, or something.
Because of these reasons, I've avoided steam and steamworks titles for years. I know there's a list of games on Wikipedia that tells you whether a game is a steamworks title or not, and I don't buy the ones that are. Same as I avoid games where there's an always online DRM (like AC 2 and SC:C years back - although I hear the issue has been fixed), or games where base content needs to be downloaded.