I was trolling through Steam the other day when I came across a few games that were in my personal game library. Since it’s always great to have a digital backup, and these older games are really cheap, I figured it would be a good idea to add these games to my Steam account.
Another reason this is a good idea is because the original CDs or DVDs have copy protection out the ying-yang. Some of these games will also refuse to install on a modern operating system, even in compatibility mode (I’m looking at YOU, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory). Still other games are so old that they have to be emulated in DOSbox, and getting the right settings can be very annoying, especially if they supported a 3DFX card, such as the original Tomb Raider or Descent.
Even more games are duplicates of what I have on the old Xbox 360. I had every single console from the former generation of video games (circa 2005 – 2012: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, Sony PSP, Sony Vita), and if there’s a console game that becomes available on Steam then I buy it so I know I will always be able to play it, even after the original console is dead and gone. Let’s face it: the hardware will eventually fail, as will the game discs.
So, here are some of the games on Steam I found that have replaced the physical scratched discs.