Another concern, especially now, is that computers aren't sold with optical drives anymore. So a game like Rome — Total War
is now impossible to play, since it requires the play disc to be installed whilst the game is operating, and it isn't sold here.
If you want a desktop PC with an internal optical drive, use the internet and buy one. Or do you only buy OEM computers?
I just bought a new laptop, thankyou for your interest, and they do not come with optical drives. I could have built a custom (non-OEM) laptop, but the space constraints would have meant a trade-off losing either the solid state or the mechanical drive, both of which I thought were less attractive.
I assume it's possible to connect a Blu-ray/DVD player via USB and use that as a bootable drive for the play disc, but I have yet to test it …. assuming a BiOS update to include the external optical drive will be all that is necessary. If not, then I now have no access to all the old games I have on optical storage, except for those Gog have in the catalogue (like Dragon Age
Bios update? How ancient is that PC of yours?
In answer to your question, I bought a replacement for the laptop that is about to be a teenager, since the data I work with would be a catastrophic loss, should the hardware fail.
Edit. Actually, you're right —— a BiOS update to add the (external) optical drive into the boot chain would be unnecessary. The drive would presumably be plug&play, so as long as the game recognizes the optical drive, then the game should still be happy with the play disc situated in it.