I still use Commodore hardware rather than emulators. Sure, it's probably a little eccentric, but that's how I roll as do several people who read and contribute to this site. And when it comes to games, I generally try very hard to play the games as they were originally designed to be played. It's not necessarily better but it's what I prefer to do.
During the early years (pre-1990), when Commodore was still healthy, many games were required to be played directly off of floppy disks. Many game developers recommended making backups to be used for playing the games and to store the originals for safe keeping. And at the very least these days, quite often ADFs found online need to be transferred to floppy DF0: drives.
I still follow this practice on an almost weekly basis in some form or fashion.
For example: last week I transferred 3 disks to floppy in order to play Desert Strike
. I also created a Commissioner's Disk for Earl Weaver Baseball
(I started created a 2016 Cubs team by hand. Whew!). And I created a backup of my Workbench 1.3 disk for storage. Last week was a pretty typical week in terms of disk usage.
Of course, this means I need a pretty steady supply of Double-Sided Double Density 880KB disks (2S2D or DSDD). I typically will buy NOS shrink-wrapped disks off Ebay
about once every 12-18 months. If you buy a single box of 10 disks, you're going to pay out the nose. These often run between $12-17 per box or more plus
shipping cost. Not great.
What I do is buy in bulk. Every now and then you'll find someone trying to unload several boxes all at once, and this often gets the price to $1 per disk, or even cheaper. The last bundle I got was 4 boxes of (blue) Memorex disk for $40 with free shipping. That's not too bad in my opinion.
But it does make me wonder - does anyone have a better/cheaper source
for buying "new", never used and carefully stored boxes of disks?