As someone here on Retro once explained to me, DRM is on the publisher/developer to add, so not all games on Steam require the client to run. And in some cases, official patches or startup commands can help a game launch without Steam. Point is, it's very situational on Steam whether DRM is present in a game; third-party DRM being the worst. I avoided Dead Space 2 because it uses EA's annoying "Shield" DRM, while I happily bought Tomb Raider Anniversary when I learned SecuROM wasn't present in the Steam version. With all of that in mind, I'm at the point where I kind of prefer the digital age of buying PC games online. After a lot of moving over the years, the physical games I've lost and had to rebuy, or stressed out keeping safe from damage while moving, digital makes my life easier. It's incredible to me how I can own around 50 PC games I really like, across Steam and GoG, and my whole library's right there with me on a 2 or 3 pound HDD. Or on multiple thumbdrives, SD cards, and the cloud. No more fragile physical CDs/DVDs that can warp, scratch, or suffer bitrot; I can just transfer my games to new mediums as technology marches on, then keep older backups as "master" copies. tl;dr, archival is still somewhat easy on PC, as long as you don't run into Dunevo or SecuROM. I won't feel like I'm "renting" Sonic Mania on Steam at all. It'd be nice to see it on more digital stores, though, and for people/collectors who prefer physical stuff regardless of the above paragraphs, it's rarely a bad thing to cater to. My enjoyment of digital games now doesn't stop me from caring for all the Sonic games for GBA I still own, either. That article is a good argument against corporate fanboyism. The "get 'em while they're young" thing applies to candy/soda companies too. Anyway- Most of my uncles, cousins, and my dad were heavy PC gamers during my childhood, so it's hard for me to imagine a parent these days not knowing what Steam is, if their kid wanted to buy Mania on PC. Is the PC platform still in the minority of game sales? Because I imagine most kids want Mania on their Switch, or port beg for 3DS/Android/iOS versions. (And little kids who love classic Sonic do exist. I have a cousin who does.) Which makes me wonder if Mania might eventually arrive on Android? Or if the idea is on the table, anyway. I know that's the publisher's call in the end, but I loved how amazingly intuitive the controls on Sonic 2 remastered were for a mobile game, so touch controls wouldn't bother me. The more platforms I can own on it, the better.