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What if I don't want to install that trashy Steam app?

If Steam is required, it's a gimmick and a joke.

Steam is completely integrated with the game. The server browser in-game is actually just steam, so it really would make no sense at all to have TF2 without steam.

What exactly is your critique of Steam, just that you are fundamentally opposed to DRM? I do agree that it's something that I don't really want automatically starting up with my computer (even though I'm a pretty heavy gamer, I don't use the steam friend chat or anything) but as a platform and a piece of software it doesn't seem too trashy.

The first time I installed Steam was when it came with Half Life, and back then it was a steaming pile of crap. So bad, in fact, that I deleted it and didn't touch it again until 2 years ago.

A lot has changed since then, but some folks might not yet be aware of it.

True, back in the days of Counter Strike 1.6 it was a terrible, buggy piece of DRM. It's improved by leaps and bounds since then.

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