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Most games on stream CAN be played in offline mode you know...
And you can back then up as easily as you can back up a dvd.
Not always, I was stuck in Ukraine for 2 weeks and Steam would not go offline mode, and I don't back up steam games, either way they are dependent on steam to be on to play, which goes to my original point.

I love steam, don't get me wrong, if Steam was used from now on for every game, I would be fine with it, but denying that pouring your money into steam and then suddenly losing them or the ability to play them one day is a scary thought (I would lose $1000 worth of entertainment).
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I live on campus at a University, and the internet connection here is pure trash. I get an average DL rate of about 80 kb/s. There is no way I'd be able to deal with digital distribution.
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Not always, I was stuck in Ukraine for 2 weeks and Steam would not go offline mode, and I don't back up steam games, either way they are dependent on steam to be on to play, which goes to my original point.

I love steam, don't get me wrong, if Steam was used from now on for every game, I would be fine with it, but denying that pouring your money into steam and then suddenly losing them or the ability to play them one day is a scary thought (I would lose $1000 worth of entertainment).
Thats why you put it in offline mode before you leave.
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The article didn't even touch on the most important issue of all - what happens if the digital distribution platform goes belly up? You would be left with no way to access any of the games you purchased via the platform, essentially losing all the money you paid for those games.

Never know when steam or one of the other platforms might go bankrupt, and you lose everything.

That's probably the biggest reason I like a physical copy. I've still bought plenty of games on steam though.
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I thought that if steam ever went out of business they have to ability to "unlock" your games so you don't need steam anymore to play them?
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The article didn't even touch on the most important issue of all - what happens if the digital distribution platform goes belly up? You would be left with no way to access any of the games you purchased via the platform, essentially losing all the money you paid for those games.

Never know when steam or one of the other platforms might go bankrupt, and you lose everything.

That's probably the biggest reason I like a physical copy. I've still bought plenty of games on steam though.
That's the only thing I'm worried about. Otherwise, digital distribution is one of the best things to happen to gaming in years.
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I thought that if steam ever went out of business they have to ability to "unlock" your games so you don't need steam anymore to play them?
I've heard a lot of people say that, but I wonder if it really is true. Haven't seen any proof yet.
    
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I've heard a lot of people say that, but I wonder if it really is true. Haven't seen any proof yet.
That's because Steam hasn't gone out of business. And I don't think it ever will.

I personally like steam and I like boxed copies. But DD is the way to go. It is, on average, better, although I too like to have boxed copies sometimes. Like my warcraft 3 and diablo 2 battle chest
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Steam have already said that if they go out of business, the games on their servers will be distributed to the customers who've bought them as a hard copy before they shut down, or compensated for the loss of the game.

Interesting, though. Personally I don't ever think Steam will go out of business, and the internet isn't going anywhere for a while to say the least. Let's just say we don't have anything to worry about within our lifetimes.
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It's not scary for gamers. It's scary for the big companies who don't want to get with the times, and who still rely on traditional sales for the majority of their income. That's what publishers do. Digital is scary for them, because it means any developer, including devs who they have working for them, can bypass them entirely and publish their independent work on the Internet via Steam or any other DD etailer.

It's like this article: http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-f...218-1azh3.html

It's propaganda. People like the fact they can download albums for cheaper, in high quality/lossless, than going to a music store and purchasing a CD. Again, music labels and publishers.

The publishers are scared and clinging to the old way of doing things, because it's controllable and they end up with most of the money. But now artists can pay someone for some cover art, and distribute it on iTunes or wherever, by themselves. Without giving up their rights of ownership to a music label.

It's the same thing with games, it's all about control and the flow of income.

Once you can bypass the publishers, they no longer serve a purpose.

Sorry to them (not really, they've been screwing consumers and artists out of their rights for far too long) but it's adapt or perish.
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