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I'm kind of tired of having all these retail games stored on my shelf. I'm started to feel like my room is a smaller version of a Gamestop store. Are there any con's with digital download games (Steam, EA Origin, etc.) when compared to retail games? If so, what are they?

I'm strongly considering converting 100% to digital download games & walk away from retail games being. Here is my main concern...Are the mods for retail games fully compatible with digital download games (Skyrim, GTA IV, & others)?
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I haven't bought a retail game for ages all my games are mostly steam a few on uplay and origin, I look around for cd-key sites as they are usually cheap, if you buy from origin or uplay it's normally the same price as retail.
As for mods so far I have found no issues though sometimes you may need to look for info on how to install them as it's not always as straight forward as a retail copy (I don't play skyrim or gta) have a look on Google for the mods you want and see if they work in steam

If you decide to go digital I would say get a big hard drive I have a 1.5TB just for the 3 clients, that way I don't have to download 200 games again if I need to format my OS
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Games are the same retail or digital, mods work the same way and you get the luxury of having games delivered home without even going out of your chair.

I have ONLY digital titles now, with almost 200 games on Steam and 10 on Origin. Do not regret it at all! Saves A LOT of space, and with a fast internet connection you get the games very fast downloaded too.
It is also often cheaper online. So basically there is no need for retail anymore provided you have decent internet. It's only a matter of time before retail completely dies out (When everyone has decent interenet is my guess).
    
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I haven't bought a retail game for ages...If you decide to go digital I would say get a big hard drive I have a 1.5TB just for the 3 clients, that way I don't have to download 200 games again if I need to format my OS
I have ONLY digital titles now, with almost 200 games on Steam and 10 on Origin. Do not regret it at all! Saves A LOT of space, and with a fast internet connection you get the games very fast downloaded too.

You 2 are awesome for your quick response to this thread...greatly appreciate this thumb.gif

What about the availability of activation? Any limits set on certain games which causes you to request for increase activation users OR does the majority of the digital download games allow unlimited activation?
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On Steam you can reinstall a game an unlimited amount of times, on an unlimited amount of PCs as far as I can tell. I don't know if it applies to others. Digital is just so much more convenient for obvious reasons, and look at how awesome Steam's ongoing autumn sale is.

As for mods, it depends on the game. Skyrim always uses Steam, the disk version requires Steam activation and you can download the game without using the disk, so there's no difference. The problem with GTA IV is that some of the best mods require an old version of the game, they didn't update the mod to be compatible with the latest version. Steam games always come with the latest stable version, so you'd have to downgrade GTA IV.

But usually, modding is the same for hard copies and Steam ones. It's different for a few older games like System Shock 2, but for the most part it's the same. The only downside to digital is that if your account gets hacked you lose all your games, and you have to contact Valve or EA or Ubisoft to get your account/games back which takes time.
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