Steam is unlike anything else. I love the idea of forever games...no c.d.'s..no serial numbers to file away..thats it dude..you own it..forever. plus not ever having to load a c.d. is fking awesome..from arkham city to everquest 2..steam covers my needs. the only hard copies of games that i'll ever own in the future would be the collector editions..just for the extra swag. just mho.