Actually, there is a substantial amount of people who don't like Steam. I confess I never liked the idea, but had to conform since a couple of too good games were only released through it on PC. Darn XCOM for being available only on Steam.
I never saw the point of Steam for me, I always thought it as a rather invasive copy-protection scheme masked as a service, unfortunately a service for which I have no use (but apparently, Valve would have, as it's also a marketing study and merchandising tool). I don't play multiplayer games and I don't care about chat or Steam friends or achievements. When I play, it's my thing. Up to this day I never bought a game through Steam or other electronic stores, even if there are large discounts. I always use my account in Offline mode, unless I'm forced to update the Steam - and these seem to break things, especially if it happens close to firewall updates. I'm tempted to physically disconnect my internet to prevent stuff from calling home, but that doesn't seem to work out that well. I actually don't recall the service being advertised that way back in last decade.
It was actually 2013 when I activated a Steam account. Up to this day I'd much rather buy a physical copy of a game without any copy protections, they seem to work best regardless of the hardware. I do find it kinda weird that people are now raising the issue of refunds and all that, when we were saying the same thing before the thing got massively popular. Similarly, I had to work around the registration of Dead Rising 2 (legitimately bought), as I did not see the point of registering to Games for Windows Live. Turned out the game works better without it. LAN multiplayer support seems to be lacking in the current crop of the games, unfortunately. The only way for me to play multiplayer is to play against or with the people I know.
This is not to say I want to single out Steam, I definitely don't like other on-line copy protection systems either. So I have adopted a more conservative approach to gaming: I only buy games after they have been out for something like a year, get reviewed well and gather some following in Youtube. Effectively, I'm spending far less money in games than I used to, funny thing that, since now I could actually afford it. I was about to quit gaming completely a couple of years ago, but XCOM and the new Torment game revived my interest.