Digital Killed The Retail Star

There's no doubt about it, Steam managed to change very entrenched game consumer paradigms. Rather than walking out of a store with a CD (yeah, games were still released on CD back then) or DVD in a crappy DVD case (the move from real boxes and manuals to plastic A5 cases and a brochure-sized sheet with the key on it was already in full swing), Valve had somehow convinced gamers that all they needed were the game files, delivered over the Internet.

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