AtariToday wrote:good question. I use Steam for modern gaming and I love the fact that even though I've downloaded a title to my current PC I have the right to do so again if/when I replace the PC in the next handful of years. In that regard I feel like I retain a small part in ownership of my purchase. Not being able to resell or trade my games through Steam is why the feeling of ownership remains small.
I'll add to that; not only can you re-download/play your game if you upgrade your computer, but you can download and play them on multiple computers to your hearts content. I have some games installed on my laptop, some on my desktop, and some on both simultaneously. For the ones on both, I can play on either desktop or laptop and my game progress is saved such that I can pick right up where I left off if I switch to the other device. I don't have to lug a disk with me from one to the other, and I don't have to transfer a save game file.
I do hate that you can't resell, or even give awaygames that you've purchased, and in that regard the sense of ownership is greatly diminished. In theory you could sell your entire Steam account to someone, but I'm sure there's some prohibition about that with Steam and they would ban the account if they ever found out somehow. My plan is to share my Steam username/password with whichever one of my kids I think would want it the most so that when I die, they at least can continue to enjoy my collection.