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There's a lot the US needs to do with their gun laws. Allowing civilians to own fully automatic weapons is pretty insane, and I'm somebody that would absolutely love to own any of the AK series rifles. Allowing civilians to get concealed carry licenses is pretty nuts too, IIRC pretty much only police and military can get that here in Canada. Even outside of concealed carry, you still can't really be out and about with a gun anyway here, you need to be transporting it to or from somewhere that you can legally use it, and have it locked up with the ammo locked up separately. Just implementing those few things in the states would do a lot for them IMO, if you further copy our laws, I think you'd see a huge drop-off in gun-related deaths after a while. It wouldn't even really take guns away from people outside of the full autos, but you don't really need to have those anyway, plus you can get semi auto variants that would be legal under new laws for a large portion of them too. Better gun laws won't really impact responsible gun owners all that much, but it would definitely hurt the irresponsible ones, and the outrage gun laws seem to cause in the states leads me to believe most of them are the irresponsible sort.
Their games are all DRM-free. You can download the game you buy, and depending on the size, it will typically be either a single .exe installer (ex. "install_game.exe" 520MB), or a .exe file plus one+ .bin files (ex. "install_game.exe" 1MB, "install_game.bin" 3GB). To install a game from those, you simply run the .exe file and you're good to play after, no need to be connected to any online services, no nee for any CD keys etc. You can back up your games by downloading the installers for them and tossing them on whatever you feel you'd want to for back-up purposes, burn em to discs, USB drives, cloud storage, etc. I haven't actually bothered with any back-ups of my GoG stuff yet, but I likely will with a USB drive in the next few months. GoG also has a client now similar to Steam, so you can use it to keep the newer releases features in their store up-to-date, and games installed via that client do not require it to be running to be played. The level of trust and the convenience born of it that GoG offers their customers is pretty great.
I didn't even know you could buy physical games for PC's. Like, if you go buy a modern PC and piece it together, who includes a disc drive?
I have two friends that just built monster PC's for their HTC Vive's and neither included a disc drive of any kind.
It comes down to personal preference really, and whether or not you'll actually use it. My next PC will probably be disc drive-less, but I may consider getting an external USB drive, as I do still rip CD's, DVD's, and Bluray's occasionally, and have a few disc-based games that aren't available digitally (though I've ripped ISO's from most of them).