I never liked the idea of downloading games (except that thing which shall not be mentioned here - but I don't like it, too); I mean, I'm used to paying for a game and getting it physically, in a fancy box, instead of paying for the right to download it into my HD. Anyway, my thoughts (and doubts) are: 1. How exactly does Steam work? The general idea I have about it is the above said: pay, download. No box, no disc, no manual. 2. Is there the risk of losing precious money due to, for example, a forced formatting without having the chance to burn the game downloaded from Steam into a disc? Or can one download it more than once after paying? 3. Is there a considerable price difference between buying via Steam and buying on a store? There should be, as the game company is not wasting with plastic, paper, ink, etc, etc to burn discs and put them into fancy boxes. At least I think so... 3. What's the general fell about Steam and the whole idea of paying for a game and not having it physically? I'm I the only one missing the good old " buy disc+manual in a box on a store"? 4. Is there a chance that this way of selling games will someday be standard, and the good old " buy disc+manual in a box on a store" will be gone? Or that, while both will ever coexist, some companies will favor Steam like services to the point of launching some games exclusively this way?