A direct download site is any web-site that will allow you to create an account and purchase PC Games. After ordering the game on the web site you download the content to your PC and install just like you had ordered the game from a regular store like GameStop or WalMart, bought the game home and installed it from the installation CD.
The advantages of direct download sites should be appropriate, no more waiting in line at Brick and Mortar stores. No more coping with workers pressuring you to order things you do not want, or not really knowing anything about the product they are advertising. Direct download sites never run out of inventory, always have copies to sell, and prevent you from having to drive to your local store to pick up the game you want, and often times offer way better prices and deals than traditional stores.
You do not even have to stress about shipping, with direct download sites your game is accessible the second you pay for it. Once you download the game it is all set to play. All of the direct download sites run routine Sales, with bundle deals selling multiple games for the price of one, to other bonuses like money off of pre-orders.
Negatives to using direct download sites are few and far between. The first and most noticeable setback is that you have to download the game once you've bought it. Popular, graphics intensive games that require very good graphics cards generally are upwards of 10 Gigabytes in size. I suggest that if you are using Dial-Up internet it is not a possibility for you to wait for the download to complete. A 1.5 MB DSL Connection takes about 4 hours to download 10 GB, which is much more manageable. Faster connections Obviously download the content even faster, so if you are on any kind of high-speed internet connection, which most people are, you will have no difficulty downloading the game in an adequate amount of time. I think that you should expect an average download time of around 2 hours, which is better than what it costs to pay for gasoline to drive to the store.
The second disadvantage is the fact that if you buy a game electronically, you do not have a physical game in your ownership. Some people stress about the fact that without a physical copy of the game what happens if you forget your Username and Password to the website, or what if they somehow lose your purchase? I have personally used multiple direct download sites and I have never had an issue with customer service. I really believe that a digital copy of the game is an advantage because I have a problem trying to keep my CD's and DVD's clean and scratch free, I've lost them, and have had people steal them from my place.
It's evident that the advantages far outweigh the drawbacks for direct download sites and I think you should look at a few of them next time you are interested in choosing a game.