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"Consumers have no control over pricing. You can’t select retail outlets based on affordability and customer service. You can’t head to Amazon, Walmart, Target, TRU or elsewhere to find that sweet, special price. Instead, you have to go with the single marketplace available to you, and you have to pay the price they provide. DLC is restricted to a given marketplace, and that spells problems for consumers."

LOL?

Steam has better prices than the retail stores and has more sales, plus you don't have to pay tax (or at least most don't).

I don't remember the last steam game I actually paid full price for.
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Originally Posted by Limes;12462662 
But then again, I have like 108 games in steam, imagine that in hard copy...
Placed on D:\ partition, never to be re-installed against there is no need to.wink.gif
I haven't stumbled across more than about 5 games that actually needs to be re-installed to work when I re-install Windows.
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Originally Posted by Limes;12465239 
And once again, I am telling you that going ONLINE to go OFFLINE is redundant. If I don't have internet, steam needs to know that "hey, this user already logged in, we already downloaded his games and data, he should be able to play offline," not go online to tell steam "oh hai, ima go offline nao to play gamez"

You understand my point? I know the procedure to go offline, I am just saying that if I am trapped in an airport unexpectedly with no internet, I have to get internet before I can go offline.

As long as you've gone online once and haven't installed any more games since going online, and your login data is saved, you can go into offline mode if no network is detected.
post #54 of 64
Omg I'm so sick of all these "I like to hold stuff in my hands" people, just let it go already we don't need piles of cds and books waisting precious resource and adding to the cost due to shipping blank media packaging and distribution, when you can store everything digitally. Get with the times.

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Originally Posted by Aaron_Henderson;12462782 
I know people will pretty much say something along the lines of "get with the times dude", but I would never buy a digital copy of anything as long as there are retail boxed versions available. I actually feel like I own something. I can hold it in my hand. I can sell it, or let a friend borrow it, etc. I can easily install most of them on the computers in my home that lack an internet connection. I enjoy the box art and reading the game manuals for many games. I can back up my hard copy to an ISO so I have it forever, regardless if the developer or anything has went under. I can't get my entire games library revoked from me over a screw up or misunderstanding (STEAM horror stories). I don't know if all the backing up lending is legal, but I'd rather not get into a piracy discussion in any way. Short version - I will never support digital distribution. I will accept it once it is forced upon me, but never by choice.


Ditto.

Downloadable ISO files would be an adequate replacement for me. I don't need the box, but I do need the CD or digital equivalent. I need to be able to install it anywhere, any number of times, create any number of backups, and never need to connect to the internet to install or play.
Edited by willis888 - 2/21/11 at 10:15am
post #56 of 64
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Originally Posted by Domino;12463433 
What is PC gaming without internet anyways?

A single player paradise where games last more than 8 hours, the story line never fails to please, and the game can be replayed countless times.
post #57 of 64
For me digital distribution is horrible. Where I live the best internet I can get is a 1.5m down 1.5m up wireless. Until internet speed is up to par I can't even use digital distributions, if I can't buy a hardcopy I simply can't have it (unless I want to leave it to download for a day or 3)
 
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I love steam. I gladly say good bye to the days of fiddling with discs. Steam is one of the most profitable companies that exists. Their profit margin is about 80 or 90 percent. They are not going anywhere and here in the US the internet aint gonna stop working and even if one of those things did happen, by that time any games out now would be old.
    
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This doesnt really matter if your like me and only play multiplayer versions of games.
    
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Sorry guys the times when you buy a DRM - free unlimited CD are gone thanks to pirates.

If some of our less ethical breatheren didn't pirate more copies than were sold
maybe we wouldn't need DRM, in which case I would still opt for a digital copy ,
it's just faster I can order it right from my desk, like Mirror's edge I just wait 20 minutes and D/l finished without ever leaving my chair! Way faster than going to the store and back, and trying to find the tiny little shelf with PC titles behind all the hundreds of crapsole games.
Edited by Heret|c - 2/21/11 at 12:53pm
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