That last one is a doozy. If the middle man has been cut out, and the company that makes/distributes the software doesn’t incur the cost of creating a physical something, why does it cost the same? I understand that companies don’t want to alienate their B&M distributors or cannibalize their physical software channel, but the price thing has been a bit of a dealbreaker.
Steam may have figured this out. They’ve been offering deals this holiday season on downloadable software that have been amazing. I have to admit to being suckered in to buying a couple of games that I wouldn’t have otherwise picked up — Indigo Prophecy, Ghostbusters, Borderlands and Crysis Warhead to name a few.
I don’t know if things will go back to normal after the holiday season, but I don’t see how they can. The deals have been so good, there’s a danger that they may become the new norm. And when I say danger, I mean for the software companies and Steam — not for gamers. For gamers, this is pure win.