1. Post #41
    I once worked at a sperm bank, the food was terrible
    The Baconator's Avatar
    April 2011
    9,081 Posts
    I say 5. At least vast majority of it.
    No because of consoles

  2. Post #42
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    Sir Whoopsalot's Avatar
    August 2010
    21,985 Posts
    Same here, I can find games that activate on steam in bargain buckets for sometimes half the price. Origin is also a massive ripoff with SWTOR too, 40 digital and as low as 28 retail in some places
    Steam's a ripoff with games plenty of times.

  3. Post #43
    White Fusion will love him forever and ever~
    Rents's Avatar
    January 2012
    10,607 Posts
    Steam's a ripoff with games plenty of times.
    They do have those bank balance molesting sales though.
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  4. Post #44
    Fabulous!
    Jack Trades's Avatar
    April 2010
    6,483 Posts
    In my day we stored games on floppy.



    and cartridges
    *cough*
    My ZX Spectrum reads games from one of these

    :colbert:
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  5. Post #45
    Abused by Girlfriend
    geogzm's Avatar
    January 2010
    19,012 Posts
    I still buy physical PC games because I'm impatient as fuck
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  6. Post #46
    SoaringScout's Avatar
    February 2010
    6,732 Posts
    I still buy physical PC games because I'm impatient as fuck
    I buy them because I like looking at my collection on a shelf.
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  7. Post #47
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    BrainDeath's Avatar
    April 2007
    4,148 Posts
    I buy physical games all the time, Steam's a ripoff when stuff isn't on sale.

    I hope to see more platforms like origin, (or even better - simple download services which don't even need a client) because otherwise Valve can run a shitty monopoly.
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  8. Post #48
    I once worked at a sperm bank, the food was terrible
    The Baconator's Avatar
    April 2011
    9,081 Posts
    I still buy physical PC games because I'm impatient as fuck
    What's with some people here suggesting everyone has slow internet? Mine downloads games in like 30 minutes.
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  9. Post #49
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    Recurracy's Avatar
    August 2009
    11,437 Posts
    Has everyone really forgotten Valve is trying to incorporate Steam into the PS3? I really think even Sony sees the possibilities of a digital store.

  10. Post #50
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    damnatus's Avatar
    October 2006
    5,225 Posts
    I buy physical copies because it's a lot cheaper
    Quoting to kinda clear things up: buying a physical copy is a lot cheaper in Russia (and some ex-USSR countries too IIRC). Steam recently lowered prices for us tho
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  11. Post #51
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    December 2009
    7,569 Posts
    I still buy a few retail games, just because i like having the boxes.
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  12. Post #52
    I once worked at a sperm bank, the food was terrible
    The Baconator's Avatar
    April 2011
    9,081 Posts
    I still buy a few retail games, just because i like having the boxes.
    I just gave you a box
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  13. Post #53
    I wonder if I can stock up on some relatively old games before they acquire an antique value.

  14. Post #54
    I HAVE A TOASTER FETISH

    July 2009
    3,952 Posts
    Last physical game I bought was Morrowind

  15. Post #55
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    October 2007
    14,783 Posts
    I buy physical games all the time, Steam's a ripoff when stuff isn't on sale.

    I hope to see more platforms like origin, (or even better - simple download services which don't even need a client) because otherwise Valve can run a shitty monopoly.
    I'd rather have my eyes cut out of my head than have to use an EA service. Terrible company, will probably never buy from them again because of all this anti preowned bullshit they're pulling, trying to force me to buy the over priced new copies.
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  16. Post #56
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    June 2005
    15,453 Posts
    I still buy retail copies whenever I can.

    If I'm going to be dropping $60 on a game, I actually want something tangible for my money.
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  17. Post #57
    Quoting to kinda clear things up: buying a physical copy is a lot cheaper in Russia (and some ex-USSR countries too IIRC). Steam recently lowered prices for us tho
    Fucking steam didn't lower shit for us even though we are ex-ussr country and get games from russia imported and sold. Localized russian retail game = $20, steam $66 (50 eur) I can buy three games for that price, come on now.

  18. Post #58
    SK17a
    garychencool's Avatar
    October 2010
    13,047 Posts
    I like having a box because it shows that I bought this game on my book shelve

    but then again, 10 years from now, we will have 1Gbit/s Internet

  19. Post #59
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    Mabus's Avatar
    July 2007
    4,909 Posts
    I remember when we could buy games In dollar, now we pay in euro and it's even more expensive than dollar. Buying a newly released game on steam is pretty costly like 60 euro, its insane. You can buy the same damn thing in a shop for around 40 euro.

  20. Post #60
    BudakCiner's Avatar
    September 2009
    534 Posts
    Last physical copy I bought was CoD 4, wow.

  21. Post #61
    Bus Driver
    Demache's Avatar
    December 2009
    7,752 Posts
    In my time, boy, we stored our games on CDs!
    PATCHES? Boy, when I was a kid, when you found a bug or if a weapon was "overpowered", you sucked it up, or did without. What you bought was what you got.
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  22. Post #62
    I wasted a dollar on a stupid title.
    nikomo's Avatar
    September 2007
    16,614 Posts
    If I buy a physical game, I just activate the CD-key and download it, I can't remember when I've last used my DVD drive.

  23. Post #63
    Hullu V3's Avatar
    October 2009
    6,412 Posts
    If I buy a physical game, I just activate the CD-key and download it, I can't remember when I've last used my DVD drive.
    I crack my games so that I don't have to mess around with the CD's.

  24. Post #64
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    damnatus's Avatar
    October 2006
    5,225 Posts
    Fucking steam didn't lower shit for us even though we are ex-ussr country
    Which country are you from?

  25. Post #65
    I spent 10$ and all i got was this lousy title.
    gazzy_GUI's Avatar
    June 2008
    5,219 Posts
    I'm pretty sure Gabe or someone else in Valve said that if they ever go bankrupt, they will release some sort of program that opens up Steam so you can at least play all of your Valve games, even without Steam servers.
    Honestly, I can't see Valve declaring bankruptcy in the foreseeable future (30 odd years)

    And I can count the games that I've bought retail for PC in the past 10 years on my hands.

    Diablo 2 + LOD
    Orange Box
    Starcraft 2
    Borderlands
    Battlefield 3
    Skyrim

  26. Post #66
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    Saxon's Avatar
    August 2006
    3,889 Posts
    Honestly, I can't see Valve declaring bankruptcy in the foreseeable future (30 odd years)
    Even if it happened tomorrow another corperation would likley step in and buy out valve for its assests like steam
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  27. Post #67
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    Silikone's Avatar
    September 2006
    1,336 Posts
    The only reason that I rarely buy from retailers is because of Steam's great service. I'd prefer to have boxed copies, but great deals are rare.
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  28. Post #68
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    April 2009
    9,855 Posts
    Honestly, I think they're right.
    Consoles have started pushing their downloadable content already, with Playstation store and the microsoft store. We're about to enter another gaming generation that we know very little of. By then, they may start distributing half of the games available in stores through digital means, or at least have them available. Then wait about 7-8 years. Technology will be VERY different to what it is now. We may have fiber leading into every house in some countries. We may have made a breakthrough that allows many terabytes of data to be stored easily in a small space for a low price. Then the console generation refreshes and it has capacity for all of that and more. Buying a retail console game in ten years will be like what buying a retail PC game is now.
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  29. Post #69
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    FullStreak12's Avatar
    October 2007
    6,750 Posts
    My last retail game was Portal 2 for the PS3.

    Because it came with a free Steam copy.

    And I guess cheap ass used games

  30. Post #70

    February 2012
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    How is this news.

  31. Post #71
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    Squarebob's Avatar
    September 2007
    3,429 Posts
    And then I still had shitty internet and it takes hours to download a game. It's actually faster for me to go to Walmart or whatever other shop and pick up a game than it is for me to download so whats the point?

  32. Post #72
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    Dennab
    January 2012
    1,310 Posts
    Kind of a shame as i like going into them with my friends and scavanging for a good deal.

  33. Post #73
    Official worst poster 2011
    certified's Avatar
    June 2007
    8,470 Posts
    Last retail PC game I bought was San Andreas.

  34. Post #74
    I never like getting physical games for PC ever unless they mean something to me. UT99, Fallout (All of them), Half-Life (All of them), and only a very few others are the ones I would physically want.

  35. Post #75
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    Medevila's Avatar
    December 2008
    4,146 Posts
    I buy physical copies because it's a lot cheaper
    Where do you live, because here + tax it's more expensive.

  36. Post #76
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    ChestyMcGee's Avatar
    August 2008
    25,029 Posts
    they've said this about the music industry for 10 years

  37. Post #77
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    solid_jake's Avatar
    November 2007
    15,852 Posts
    What's with some people here suggesting everyone has slow internet? Mine downloads games in like 30 minutes.
    That's good for you, but you see, when they're talking about themselves they aren't referring to everyone else

  38. Post #78
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    Viva's Avatar
    July 2006
    13,883 Posts
    For me, the opposite is occurring: I'm buying MORE physical copies.
    When i was a kid i hated losing or misplacing a cartridge, this only got worse when cd's became the format of choice. I would place them down and lose them, only to find them somewhere like under my chair scratched to an unplayable and irreversible state. Then i got steam and fell in love. Suddenly everything i wanted is right there on my computer and i could buy more and more without losing a single disk. But as time went on, i grew nostalgic of having the game cases lying around, the game manuals to thumb through when bored, the posters and neat little things that used to be packaged with the game. I regret trading in games in my childhood, and i regret not being able to see my glorious collection and testament to my nonexistant life. What i missed the most though was when you JUST bought the game and cracked open the case for the first time and THAT SMELL, you know that smell i'm talking about, that orgasmic sensory overloading scent of a fresh and brand new game book and disk. My god, i swear i used to huff the damn book, and rim the outer edge of the disk with my nose before popping the game in to play.

    I'm making amends. If a new game comes out that i REALLY want, i buy it physically (and if applicable the collectors edition just because i have some money around). If it's a game that seems neat or i kind of want, i still gladly buy it on steam for cheap. Steam sales still nab me too and my game list is ever growing. I think it's impossible for retail discs to disappear as it'd just be dumb. This is like saying landline phones will disappear since cell phones gained popularity, or that physical mail will suddenly cease to exist thanks to email. It just won't happen, the format will just lose dominance but not simply stop being sold.
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  39. Post #79
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    May 2008
    2,674 Posts
    I'd have no problem with this but as it stands not everyone's internet connection is fast enough to make it a viable option. For me it's a lot quicker to just go into town and buy a game.
    Here in Canada, I cannot realistically buy new games over steam since we have bandwidth caps and since the average size of a game now is around 10gb's it would not be possible. That and I prefer physical copies of my games.
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  40. Post #80
    Hivemind's Avatar
    October 2007
    673 Posts
    In my time, boy, we stored our games on CDs!
    I remember installing Doom from floppy disks - fun times.