Re: 'HL2: Episode 1' Feedback Thread
Either way, for the end customer itself, which is ultimately what is most important, having something you download for $20 vs something you buy physically at a store for the same price, doesn't quite make sense, at least IMO. Maybe others don't think that..
IMO, both methods have major drawbacks.
The downloaded version costs the same amount, yet you don't get anything physically.. IMO, that means you pay the same for less. The only plus is perhaps the extra convenience of not leaving your house.
The physical version still needs to be authenticated with Steam in the end, you can't simply install and play it on your own, which IMO, is the reason why you have a physical copy in the first place. Only plus is less to download. (although I hate to be downloading future updates in that case)