Originally Posted by lilalurl
There are numerous benefits:
- you don't beta-test the game, i.e. you get patches that solve most of the issues
- you can get user/fan generated content: new patches (for Master of Orion 2 for instance), maps/mods/gametypes (UT2004)
- FAQs are available and quite advanced so no need to try and spend 5 days trying to guess how to get that ultimate weapon or whatever.
Some good points. Also, I guess having the latest isn't as important once you leave school and don't have to brag each day!