Re: Retail vs. Steam
A professionally printed DVD or CD can last a lifetime if kept secure in a dry and dark place. Recordable media not so much, but every 10 years I can just reburn everything.
Look, there are many factors at play in my turn away from Steam. One is Valve controlling my games, two is DRM free versus Steam DRM... another is I simply like boxes, and owning a piece of PC gaming history. I like looking through my King's Quest VI box from time to time and remembering what it was like to buy that sucker new from a small PC shop in Clearwater, FL.
Steam just isn't for everyone.
I gots one of them high powered gaming computers with an EVGA GTX 480 video thingy and a Q9550 processing device and also one of them Windows 7 64 operating programs with 4GB of some Corsair 1033 DDR2 ram.
Steam, Xbox Live and PSN: StingingVelvet