Not such a great investment after all...
I, and I think most people, can bare to deal with the pain of upgrading and having applications break twice a decade, but refuse to deal with it happening every year and will take my business elsewhere if that is the situation.
Are you really going to sit by and let it build up until it's too late? Yeah, most likely you'll get a fat settlement. The downside risk, however, is spending ten years in jail for a crime you didn't commit. That gamble isn't worth it.
It beats the hell out of places like North Carolina, where drivers are classically bad (tailgating, no blinkers, drive way under the speed limit, stop on on-ramps, people don't know how to parallel park, etc.), but also impractical (no one will cross double yellow to go around a tractor, even with plenty of vision, because "it's against the law") and people take it personally when others honk, as if honking is only reserved solely for when you want to let someone know that you are flipping them the bird.
...we should be bombing the fuck out of assholes who start conquering, looting and raping their neighbors like it was the middle ages!
Hahaha... Do you read what you write? These statement are about 3 sentences apart!
I use to play Halo 1 online for free using XBConnect. Paying a monthly fee to simply be routed to another user is ridiculous.
In my opinion, it's the most brutal online game in existence -- one where scamming and causing other players misery is not discouraged, but is actually a valid in-game career-path.
Sell the cards (they'll typically only get you a few cents, but it adds up and it gets them out of your account), trade the coupons with your friends for coupons that actually interest you (a friend had a 90% off coupon for a game this weekend that semi-interested me). The coupon gave me a game for 70 cents, and my card sales paid for that.
But to do all of that probably take 30 minutes, taking into account the time required to learn how to do it and the fact that there isn't a bulk-sell option in Steam. With what most of the people here get paid, I'd much rather save myself the time, the hastle, and the clutter, and just spend the ten dollars.
I buy games so I can spend time playing them, not so I'm forced to spend time managing them.