At 2/5/13 04:55 PM, stafffighter wrote:
The scary thing is you don't have to play subscription games to feel the bite. Just look at any steam game. You don't purchase the game anymore, you purchase a licence to play it from them.
You what the only difference is between that and buying the game? The disc and resale.
When you buy a movie, you are not buying the movie, but rather are buying a license to play that movie for all non-commercial uses.
So when you buy from stem, and download a copy from them, you are buying that same exact license. The only tangible thing you can't do (besides touch, destroy, or do whatever with the hardware medium the game existed upon) is sell the game afterward, but that difference is usually made up for in a cheaper price.
When you buy from steam (and other alike sites) you get one bonus you would never get with a hard copy, online backup. Unlike if you scratch, break, or lose a hard copy, you can easily get a new soft copy off of the site. Back in the day, I spent many a dollar replacing lost and broken discs/cartridges. When my last computer crapped out on me, I merely went online and redownloaded my Civ IV collection, as well as my other net purchased games.
So the concept of what you're buying has not changed, merely the direction from which you look at it.