Here is the dilema facing online purchases over buying the game at the store.
1. Game is guaranteed to be there, while stores might run out of copies before you get there, or are all presold and you will have to wait for next shipment.
2. Lazy couch/chair people who would rather be playing then shopping love the idea.
3. Redownload if HD gets destroyed once new harddrive is installed, can't do that with a hard copy of a cd if it's destroyed unless you back it up, which most (not all) don't know how to do.
4. Being able to get it first, before most stores worldwide. America gets games way before most other countries, and some people never see them for over a month after their initial release depending on their location.
5. Cheaper then EB. Electronic Boutique has to be the biggest conartists when it comes to games. I have seen games up to $15 more then the same game at WalMart or BestBuy. And their used games are sometimes even more then a new copy at Walmart (this is my EB plug for ripping me off for the last time for Burnout 3 :))
1. No Manual. While most games have online manuals, a copy of it while you are actually in game is always a good thing. (Although, not a big deal for FPS, as if you don't know the controls by now, you're not a gamer).
2. Walmart is cheaper. 39.99 American, that's how much I would have paid for Condition Zero over steam... 39.95 Canadian (@ 32.00 American) that's how much I paid at Walmart for it the next day.
3. Hard Copy, avoids long redownloads if you ever have to wipe your computer clean, probably the biggest selling point for most people.
While I will no doubt buy a retail version of HalfLife2, I also plan on getting it over Steam. I have 2 computers capable of playing HalfLife2, so I will need 2 different cdkeys for online play, retail and steam, while both will be downloaded via steam.
Just hope they give us a better deal then the CS:CZ one.
This comment was edited on Sep 11, 12:15.