Jolly good for you. Sincerely. It must be nice to have flat-rate unlimited Internet access. I'm not sure it's down to any cleverness on your part, but if you use it as hard as you can, you're clearly on the winning side.
I pay for my games. I have a big shelf of physical media. I hate swapping discs as I hate Hell. Having bought a game, I keep it to myself and do as I like with it. GoG didn't invent that idea, and, back to the issue, doesn't have a monopoly or even a "better mousetrap" on the idea, if "free" 8Gb downloads are any indication.
Can I just mention again how nice it must be to have limitless broadband? Back when I was a student it meant 56k all day and all night.
I think that you seriously underestimate me and others when you write " not sure it's down to any cleverness on your part". I have been really great at consumer things and people do not always "eat" what is being served to them , so many people have complained when not satisfied and I think that with repect to this then that is "cleverness". Also , maybe you do not understand the power of "the word of mouth" or the "power of the medias" . Our greatest ISP at some point not only charged a monthly fee but also a very high price for each MB of data, and since dial-ins were more common back then (so people I knew, or their friends potentially could get "hurt") , then I called the responsible middle manegement and told them how they cheated people and basically what a**-holes they were for treating people that way. More must have complained because they got rid of the concept.....
Also , for many years I were adviceing a large number of people (and their friends) about what served them best - still does at a much much smaller scale. So I have not only helped houndreds or thousands to "make the right descision" but also in the process of doing that allowed them to gain access to my method of thinking and way of attacking problems , thus educating them in the process and basically making them better at making their own desicions....
If you "have a big shelf of physical media" then I probably "got a huge"....... ;-D
I am sorry I did not catch what you meant by the :
" doesn't have a monopoly or even a "better mousetrap" on the idea, if "free" 8Gb downloads are any indication. "
Our flat rate broadband ? .
Please listen "kid" , you are having this conversation with one that once could only dream of having such high speed as "56k " dial-in speed. When I started then speed were much lower, hell - we didn't even have internet to start with - we started with BBS systems.
Bulletin board system : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulletin_board_system
And there were no such thing as a browser , you used "terminal program" or a special software , all which you had to learn to use... And then you had to know how to use the BBS itself. , on top of that then I had no directory over BBS' so sometimes one would be lucky just to get access, I think that you also needed a valid password for some of them)... (and when the internet started then there were all kinds of basic setup problems also)
I even have a 300 BPS (Yes! , 0.3 K) (combined telephone and modem) on a shelf in the room were I sit , admittedly I have never used it because it is for a computer that is non x86 compatible - but we started at speeds way lower than "56K" , and back then , when worst I think that I actually had phone bills like USD $100 per month just for the use of the dial-in internet when that came.....
Oh! , and yes! , even to this day I got a 56K modem attached to the computer which I use to communicate with you (and still got a dial-in account also !!!!) . I have used it when in-between ISP providers to pickup mail. Else I sometimes use it to Fax documents (yes ! , strangely enough, other things than snail-mail and e-mail are still used). (probably the dial-in account will be phased out by the ISP at some point in the future..)