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I'm considering going 100% digital gaming route but I have a concern. I'm very comfortable with buying the retail versions of games but things are starting to get crowded which is making me think more about digital downloadable games. My question is...

Are there any other complaints besides waiting for updates that I should be aware of?

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Firstly, I like digital content. I buy most things on Steam now. I think the positives far outweigh the negatives for me. My major concern is that the content is forever tied to a platform like Steam. I like Steam, but I also like independent packages that I know I can install on any computer whenever I want. I still play games from 1992 sometimes. There is no guarantee that Steam will be around and working on future operating systems. Steam is an in house DRM. DRM is designed to control access to things. I like to be in control of my access.

There are ways around this, but it is still a consideration. Will I be able to play Fallout 3 in 15 years?

Other potential cons:
- Ability of content providers to ban your account, removing all access to all your games
- Automatic updates (sometimes if modding, etc, we want to avoid an update)
- No game manual/box for collecting
- Service outages with the provider can mean service outages for your content
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The biggest grip I have is that you can't get all the games in one place. My preference is Steam. They have a lot of games but now you have EA holding back games from Steam to force you to buy from there own network. So if I want Dragon Age II I have to go to Origin versus Steam. You can't get BF3 on Steam right now either though you here all sorts of rumors that it is changing soon.

I want a central repository and the bigwigs in charge think they know what they are doing by fracturing the system rather then working with each other.
    
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Aside from some games requiring a launcher program such as Steam or Origin... non really. You can always burn the game installer to a disk and keep a physical copy as a backup. If it is an ISO image that makes things even easier.

GOG.com offers lots of older games as digital downloads and they have no DRM, so you just download - install - play. You don't need a disc or internet connection to play titles from GOG (Good ol Games).

I personally still like to get a physical copy, I like the box art in most cases, and I don't have a 100Mb internet connection so I like to play my game the same day I buy it.
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The only real negative that I see is that we never fully own a physical copy of our games. As others have mentioned, will steam be around forever? What happens when steam does happen to not exist? Where do our games go? I'm sure that Valve will figure something out. Yes, all games we download from steam actually get downloaded to our hard drives, but many of them require steam to be running in order for the game to start. Again, I'm sure something will be figured out.

Anyway, that's really the only downside.
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- Automatic updates (sometimes if modding, etc, we want to avoid an update)

So does this mean that I must only use the updates Steam provides? I can not use the updates for the retail version?
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- Service outages with the provider can mean service outages for your content

Steam or EA do not provide offline playability?
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So does this mean that I must only use the updates Steam provides? I can not use the updates for the retail version?

Steam updates games without user action. Pretty sure you can't use a retail update with a steam package, but I'm not 100% sure.

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So does this mean that I must only use the updates Steam provides? I can not use the updates for the retail version?
Steam or EA do not provide offline playability?

They do, but there may still be an instance where you are limited.

I don't think I can play Battlefield Bad Company 2 (multiplayer) if I can't connect to steam to authenticate my steam account, for instance. If you have your password saved, you may be able to launch it in offline mode, but I'm not sure if that works for MP or not.
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its good because it saves all the manfacturing of materials and so it also makes games cheaper to produce. but do we get them cheaper for buying digital? NO. that really sucks!

the thing i hate most about it is the fact that its destroying the secondhand market, giving all the selling power to massive corporations and leaving us with products we cant sell on should we get bored with them. that really sucks!
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its good because it saves all the manfacturing of materials and so it also makes games cheaper to produce. but do we get them cheaper for buying digital? NO. that really sucks!
the thing i hate most about it is the fact that its destroying the secondhand market, giving all the selling power to massive corporations and leaving us with products we cant sell on should we get bored with them. that really sucks!

There should be no second hand with PC games. Sure there are people that are trustworthy and will not use the game again, but It is still very easy to copy the disc, write down a CD key. Then sell the game. It would be nice if it was feasible, but it just is not.
     
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There should be no second hand with PC games. Sure there are people that are trustworthy and will not use the game again, but It is still very easy to copy the disc, write down a CD key. Then sell the game. It would be nice if it was feasible, but it just is not.

there should be no secondhand pc games? yeah we're all bad and shouldn't be given such options incase we do something illegal. lets give all the power in the world to a small handful of greedy elites who will make sure that the people cant do anything bad ever again! what the hell are you on about....
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