Re: Retail vs. Steam
I've been using Steam exclusively for several years now. Prices may be higher than retail for US/UK/AU residents, but for me this means the ability to get original language versions instantly (previously, I had to import games and wait a week or two for them to ship, as local stores only have localized versions in most cases).
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