Still playing ADOM and Dungeon Crawl and even older roguelikes crew reportin' in.
As stated in the thread, disk usage and map size are non-issue with Skyrim. A mountainous region indeed makes for much more terrain to admire and traverse with the added verticality that Oblivion lacked: the entire map there was essentially a flat plane with minor variances in elevation. On the physical storage side of things, Oblivion is only 5562 MB with all the GOTY content. That includes both Shivering Isles and Knights of the Nine, as well as the various DLC packs. Morrowind, by comparison, installs at 1060 MB, but my current install is 4760 with the HD overhaul and improvement package.
The only time size really matters is with something like Rage, when id, whose programmers are the ones most of the industry owes their current jobs to, says that their game is over a terabyte uncompressed, one must take pause and realize how much is compressed to release. Or something like Metal Gear Solid 4, which even with 50 GB of disk space still had fairly lengthy install times between acts and required a sizable initial install, though in my opinion (as far as consoles go, at least, on PC it's obviously a different story) it still stands up as superior graphically to even Skyrim.
Naughty Dog saying Uncharted 3 took up 24 TB in assets uncompressed was probably them just being tbh.
[Edited by EeyoreSic6Sci, 11/17/2011 11:16:37 PM]
He left Microsoft after being a producer on three versions of Windows, and only left because one of the creators of Quake did the same. He usually owns up to his mistakes, and Valve generally does too. Not only that, but they poke fun at those mistakes - same as Bethesda.
You wish their servers had been irreversibly corrupted? What about the millions of games that people own on Steam? You wish we'd lost all the money we'd put into them? I personally own 446 Steam games, and I've only had one issue with Steam in the 7 years I've used my current account. So does Gabe Newell think he's god, or do you, with your wishing for such great financial loss to be inflicted on both Valve and its users?
Looks a lot different from another perspective, dunnit?
Really though, Steam is a great platform. Unless you don't actually have internet access, there's no reason not to make use of Steam Community to chat with friends ingame, and Achievements are always nice for a sense of progress. If you don't have internet access frequently, I'm sure you're aware of this, but make sure you've run each game you have in Steam at least once, then in the main steam window, click Steam>Go Offline, then they'll be fine.
For those of us who sat through hours of floppy drives grinding away, Steam is a treasure.