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For the games that I really look forward to, I prefer a physical copy. It's nice to hold something tangible and looking through the manuals is something I enjoy. For example, I've been stoked for Crysis 2 for a while so I'm buying a physical copy. a game like Dragon Age 2, I chose digital because I bought it on an impulse. I kind of wish I had the physical copy because it turned out to be very good
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Physical cuz i wanted to complete my collection.
post #13 of 32
steam if you don't resell...
 
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Originally Posted by TwistedDivision View Post
Do you prefer to have a Physical copy or virtual copy (STEAM, Direct2Drive, or any other online site) and why? I prefer physical because I like to be able to hold on to what I have and say this is mine. Sounds weird I know
When the usual suspects start WW3, and you finally get a good 110V 60hz AC current running off some old converted motor or generator powered by a local river...

And you get your old computer up and running again....and you have to under clock, and only use it on special occasions to make it last longer

Then you'll thank yourself for hard copies and backups of all types...games, books....then you'll get all the wasteland babes.
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When the usual suspects start WW3, and you finally get a good 110V 60hz AC current running off some old converted motor or generator powered by a local river...

And you get your old computer up and running again....and you have to under clock, and only use it on special occasions to make it last longer

Then you'll thank yourself for hard copies and backups of all types...games, books....then you'll get all the wasteland babes.
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post #16 of 32
Physical copy for me. They're even cheaper. Play.com tend to sell new PC games for like £24.99 whereas Steam sells the same games for £29.99 or even £34.99. Moreover, Play.com always provide limited editions and all that whilst on Steam you sometimes have to pay a bit more (above £29.99/£34.99) to get the limited edition. Besides, I really like not depending on a server to store and run my games. What if some day my account gets unjustly raped and banned?
I lose all my games...
I like Steam for the updates and easy access, but it's a risk. Kind of an analogue to putting a chip in your body that stores all your bank details and identity. Very easy to travel around and pay for stuff but they then control you and your existence.
    
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post #17 of 32
Physical for me. It's mostly cheaper than Steam, and I can resell it (unless it requires Steam activation etc). And for most new games it takes me a whole day to download them from Steam/EADM. I don't have a cap but it's still annoying that I can't do anything online for a whole day while my internet is being raped.

Internet speed is probably the only factor that really matters to me though, I rarely sell games and the extra few quid to get it instantly on Steam would be more appealing if the internet in my town didn't suck.
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post #18 of 32
Yes Steam is usually more expensive than physical copies. Steam is only good for special deals. I suppose if you game a lot then Steam is good for keeping hundreds of games in 1 place. Last year I bought 4 games; Bad Company 2, Mafia 2 and Splinter Cell Conviction, and Crysis 1. This year I will buy 3 games; Crysis 2, Deus Ex 3 and Battlefield 3 and maybe Batman Arkham City. Considering that I only buy roughly 4 games a year it is not hard to keep track of disks. Having said that I lost virtually all of my disks after I moved a couple of times last year.

For those that buy a lot of games get Steam, for those that buy little get a physical copy, it is so much cheaper.
post #19 of 32
Digital. I don't need the disc to play the games. But i hate downloading them.
post #20 of 32
Digital, hands-down:
  • Much easier to store.
  • Much easier to re-install if you ever format/crash. (by this, I mean, I can set Steam to download and install any amount of games and just walk away and let it go)
  • Can never "lose" the game.
  • Cheaper (sometimes).
  • Can buy from home.
  • You support the company more-- they end up paying much less to distribute digitally as opposed to brick-and-mortar.

The only exception is Collector's Editions. For me, that really only equates to three games in the recent and near-future:
  • Wings of Liberty
  • Heart of the Swarm
  • Legacy of the Void
That's about it .
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