Quote Originally Posted by Hypernetic View Post
One might argue that Steam was the direct result of retailers abandoning PC games in the first place.
Exactly. I'd already lost the convenience of re-sales, trade ins for games that were buggy and the local shop stocking anything other than the Sims. Way before Steam turned up.

Steam just added reasonable pricing, convenience, indie games and a bunch of other features to make it all more palatable.