From: Vermont, USA
i dont purchase from anywhere that i cant re-download the software again at any time in the future (barring the storefront in question going away, of course)... and i wont pay extra for "download protection"... this pretty well excludes digital river from consideration. its also why i waited for armada 2526 to show up on impulse. (although, as an aside, i never did get around to purchasing armada 2526, because by the time it showed up, i had bought a few other games that were demanding my time... which is one of the risks of not reselling through one of the large established storefronts in a timely fashion)
First of all, are you aware that as long as we are around, you will always be able to re-download? The "Download Insurance" is really only for DR. If you ever need to re-download, just go to www.findmyorder.com and do so, it works for everyone. If you have any issues, just contact us.
Second, you should not need to redownload as with our games, you can take the downloaded installer, burn it to a CD and put that on your shelf. It's not tied to a download client or anything else, once you bought it, you own it, just like you got it from the shelf in a store.
if i can dl distant worlds again in, say, 3 years from now and just put in my reg code, then id consider purchasing it, but i assume since its sold through digital river, that isnt the case...? i dont want to have to keep up with a backup copy of the installer files.
Yes, you can do that (re-download it in three years). The "download insurance" we are required to add by DR, but it is not necessary as long as we are around. We have customers still re-downloading games they bought 7 years ago when we were the first to offer PC games via digital download.