ExtremeTech compared five game download services; Steam, Impulse, Direct2Drive, Good Old Games and WildTangent Orb.
Who needs malls and storefronts? Not PC gamers. When you want a game without the drudgery of exposing yourself to sunlight and rifling through more-precious-than-gold gasoline, get it online.
While some publishers let you buy direct from their stores, we're looking at independent game download services. There's a bunch of them out there, and some are better than others. Game selection, of course, is important, but so are other aspects: Do you have to install a front-end? How easy is it to use? Where do they install the games? Do you have to remember codes and keys and such?