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[–] theangstofmen 0 points 29 points (+29|-0) ago 

There is always GOG(100% drm free), itch.io and a couple of other smaller shops to buy games from. GOG's catalog continues to grow.

You can also put steam into offline mode if you don't feel like popping online to play but that doesn't get rid of the drm or steam putting itself back into online mode automatically.

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[–] CaldwellMadison [S] 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

I'm just hearing about these other options now. I hope they last. Thanks!

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[–] theangstofmen 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

No problem. I think GOG will be around for awhile. It was stood up by CD Projekt Red (Witcher developer) and has/wants to do right by gamers.

Humble is another good place. They have what they call Humble Bundles that contain some sweeeet deals and are usually "pay what you want" type of deals.

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[–] Project2501 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Ever wondered why CDPR uses "CD Projekt" or "CD Projekt RED"? They had a history dealing with games back before they launched good old games/gog, and The Witcher series. They have lasted. You don't need to use their library software, galaxy, you just download the installer for a specific title, and go.

"they can data-mine me and log my gaming habits and who knows what else for marketing purposes. I bought a game I used to play 20 years ago (Blood by Monolith) from Steam and am forced to have an internet connection to play. That's gross."

Gee, it is almost as if I completely agree, and think gog is really one of your best bets.

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[–] uguu 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

friend of mine introduced me to gog the other day. i've heard their name before but always dismissed it since the same game was on steam and for a better price.

he showed me how gog games don't have drm so you can play it anywhere on any device without going online like how steam requires.

now i really regret how large my steam library is and wish i had bought those games on gog instead

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[–] theangstofmen 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

no one can dispute that steam has a larger and better library and some games that show up on gog show up well after they've been on steam for awhile. i usually try to buy from gog when I can but will go to steam when needed.

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[–] weezkitty 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

One thing about the GoG business model at first that turned me off is when they only sold old games and they sold 20+ year old games for exorbitant prices. Even if the original publisher otherwise didn't give much of a shit about them.

You could get the same games from abandonware sites for free (yes, I know they're technically illegal but again they are pre-2000 games and nobody cares)

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[–] theangstofmen 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I see what you mean but the prices were not that exorbitant when you consider that it was all completely legal. They were also able to procure some really old, kick ass, games. They were able to turn around and reinvest back into being able to secure some decent licenses. For them it worked out and a lot of the original games they brought in are much much cheaper now.