Originally Posted by Secret Fawful
Enjoy not ever actually owning your games ever. Oh, I'm using Steam too, but I REGRET IT. However, it's what I can afford. Then again, from a non-limited viewpoint, actually owning your video games doesn't matter when you're 90 and nearly dead.
For a long time now, whenever I was to get a PC game on disc, I would always
rip the disc to an image because I abhore disc-based DRM and disc images are easier to manage. However, (1) it doesn't always fool the game; (2) using No-CD cracks often breaks online multiplayer; and (3) my hard drive gets rather full with all the disc images.
It turns out that Steam and GOG are a godsend in overcoming these problems.
...and anyway, you and I both know that if Steam shut down and the games were no longer available you would feel compelled to obtain them by...other means...since you had already paid for them.
Oh, and I know it's not a problem anymore really, but I remember buying games like Phantasmagoria that need upwards of 7 CDs to fit all the game data on (heck, COMI was on 2 discs). Putting the install files on the cloud solves such issues.
[EDIT:] Don't tell me you still buy audio CDs for all your music instead of using iTunes or Amazon. No one but audiophiles buys audio CDs much anymore.[/EDIT]
ON TOPIC: Nintendo it seems have 2 primary goals in mind: 1) keep the console very small; and 2) keep the price down/competitive. As such, they seem all the more willing to sacrifice storage space to reach these goals. I do wish they'd have included an internal slot for a 2.5" HDD (a la PS3) but I wonder how much bigger the console would have been if they did. Not that I
care about physical size, but apparently the Japanese care quite a lot.