This is bound to be a controversial topic, but I want to see some Guru's thoughts on this. Some of my friends swear by Steam and think digital distribution is the best thing since cream cheese. Although I see the value and understand the benefits, there are huge downsides to it. I am not sure everyone understands exactly what we're dealing with here. While we have more options, greater convenience, space saving and better pricing, what we no longer have is CONTROL. Control over our own games and over our own purchases. Allow me to give you an example, Nexuiz (the new one on Cryengine 3). I purchased this game from Steam and somewhere along the line, its parent company THQ went bankrupt. Now, the game is not even launchable from Steam. Its completely unplayable. So a game that I paid $$ for is completely unplayable and guess what? I am not entitled to a refund. I have also read of instances where there have been payment conflicts with Steam, and if they go unresolved, they may block your account. Guess what happens then? Your entire inventory of Steam games is unavailable. All of the hundreds of dollars you spent is for naught, and you won't get a dime because "Steam doesn't give refunds". Like I said, I understand the value of digital distribution. Although a part of me misses the excitement of getting that nice big box game with great artwork, opening it and getting all of the goodies inside, manual, perhaps maps and more. The days when I could install a game from CD or DVD-ROM, play it, uninstall it, mod it, do whatever the hell I wanted with it, whenever I wanted to do it. I miss the days when I had control over my own games. Whether you like to admit it or not, Steam and other distributors like them have control over your games now. Not you.