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Across the board with many consumer "intellectual property" goods lies a preference by publishers to sell you a license rather than a physical product. That way, the seller can dictate what exactly you can do with the product, and even sell it to you several times for different media. Yes, that means the consumer loses some freedom and gets a less versatile product. The upside, though, is the hypothetical decrease in the price, since the cost of production goes basically to zero, leaving the publisher only the production and support costs to cover with the proceeds from sales. Of course, that doesn't always happen, since the distributor would rather pocket the increased profits. However, I've noticed that with Steam and other online game distribution networks, if you're willing to wait some time after a game's release, you'll probably be able to buy it at a price comparable or lower than what you'd pay for a used copy in the old days. And since I'm a very casual gamer, this really doesn't bother me. I think we are approaching a system, structured in a "play as many games as you want for a flat monthly fee" way, maybe with a tiered aspect. I imagine that would really upset some people, but for others be exactly what they're looking for.
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I only use steam because I have to at times. I try to buy most of my games on Amazon downloads these days when they go on sale. They have to be games I really like however.
    
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I would like to see Steam and Origin go away forever.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Droogie View Post
Funny. Never experienced bugs or lag.
Same here. /shrug
    
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just buy on g2play and the likes.
d'oh. Cheap as heck.
And nowadays you can barely sell games anyway, so what does it matter.
For that 5-10 bucks, just quit smoking or don't go to McDo's. used pc games aren't worth crap. Console games, maybe 15-20bucks for newer titles, even then i'd say it's not really worth it.
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I've never once re-sold a game, so insofar as how I'm affected, it's negligible.

But games are entertainment items, not investments. Don't think of them as such, and realize that if you cannot afford to pay full price for a game without having to sell old games, there's probably no reason to get it. Done with a game? Just delete it and move on.

But then again, I'm not really one of the people who buys something with the idea of it's used-sale-value in mind. I buy it for what it is, use it for what it is, and it really doesn't matter if it's re-sellable later or not.
    
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Originally Posted by SpuddGunn View Post
Whichever way you want to cut it, they are both glorified DRM

DRM with a fancy store and friends list and whatever else, bottom line is they are DRM

Never liked Steam, and I've used it since HL2 came out, but I use it because I have to.
Couldn't have said it any better myself, i only pay full price for physical copies, although even those are now being tied to online services (BF3, Deus Ex: HR etc), which is utterly ridiculous because even for an offline game if that service screws up you won't be able to play
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I've been playing PC games fairly heavily for a decade now, and I have yet to actually sell one. Basically: dont care.

If anything its good. Sometimes im too lazy / cant access the disk (i.e. not at home or with my laptop), and this way I can still get my game.
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I've never sold a game. I keep every game in case I want to play it again, so this is no loss for me. However, a solution to your problem may be GameFly's new PC game rental service. You never even buy the game, so nothing to sell back. Play as much of any game as you want for a flat fee.
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