It's why I do something else before wanting to purchase a game but this method is heavily frowned upon for being talked about. Main reason why I bought Shadow of Chernobyl and several other titles. Okay how about a friend or housemate owning the same game and buying your own copy of it? Sometimes I have friends who own much more difficult to find games which are easily installable, since the majority of them have many titles in flawless condition, I'm more likely to buy my own copy of it later. Well more due to availability. Again would be nice for more companies to have demos for their games just in case someone is interested in a particular title. Otherwise if a PC title has a console counterpart, I'll be playing it on console in the meantime until buying the PC release. Just checked my Amazon.com wishlist for PC games and damn there're alot! EDIT: Aren't retail releases easier to mod compared to the ones from Steam i.e. Oblivion and other Bethesda games/other titles though?