Source: The Verge
quote: Yes, if you are replacing a PC that died and Steam has closed, you are out of luck.
quote: But if you lose or damage your optical media, you are also out of luck.
quote: The likelihood of damaging a disc is far higher than the likelihood of Steam going under
quote: I have hundreds of games I have downloaded, whether from Steam, or GoG, or some Asian MMO publisher. I wouldn't want to have to store the media for all of them.
quote: Hard to stash it in a closet if you plan on playing it regularly, unless their is no disc-based DRM.
quote: But since this was originally about console games, how many console games can be played without the disc?
quote: Now, on the PC, it is different. You can usualy find a cracked loader that allows you to skip placing the disc in, or at least you could back when I actually bought discs. I assume that is still true. So your archiving argument makes more sense on PCs.
quote: f Steam did go under, one of the other digtal distributors would take its place and you could buy from them.
quote: Some day they'll turn the servers off for Diablo III. And WoW and everything else. When that day happens, all the time and money you spent on that game, expansion packs, whatever...*poof* gone. If you have a game on disk, and there's not any required server connection to play it, you never lose your ability to play that game.
quote: And yet you name 2 games that still won't play even if you have the disk.
quote: Sorry that your ISP sucks so bad
quote: I know the limits of DSL
quote: But you live in an area that is easily dense enough population to warrant a CO being put there.
quote: That is why I said the ISP in your area sucks. I was not aware that it is common in the USA for ISPs to routinely abandon that many potential customers.
quote: Before I moved where I am, I lived in a town of approx 1500 people with no nearby urban centers. We had DSL there. Every village in my province has had DSL for at least a decade.
quote: You are the first person I have ever seen use lower population density as a reason for better internet coverage.
quote: As far as digital downloads go, just come right out and say that you want to cut out the middle man, all the store fronts, that you want to keep all the profits for yourself.