Preferred way to buy a game: In order of usefullness. #1 No DRM on a disk that can be transfered to a PC and can be installed off of an external HD or USB thumbdrive. (Being able to run it off of a thumbdrive would be cool too. WOW can do this.) #2 No DRM download. Everything above but no disk. Manual can be downloaded. (GOG.com for example.) #3 Steam/Impulse for some games that don't usually need manuals anyway. For specials where games are 75% - 90% off in price. (Those few games with install limits are off limits. I reinstall OS's frequently.) Multiplayer leads me to steam. Disk check games I consider to be single player only. (I Don't like gamespy) #4 Old style disk check. Usually don't like using a disk because it can scratch. Don't care to buy a game with DRM any worse.