I'm not sure what percentage of GB videos have been archived to youtube, but it seems to be pretty high. If you don't mind ripping vids from there, there are tools with the features you're looking for.
I will say that 'if you can't afford $35 a year then you shouldn't be on Giant Bomb' is some really disgusting 'why do these poor people on welfare have iPhones??????' privilege. Acting like people who aren't well-off aren't allowed to spend money on entertainment is asinine.
Not for everyone it's not. Please dont assume about peoples financial situations.
I'd be curious to know how anyone who has trouble coming up with an annual fee of $35 actually manages to maintain their video game hobby, but sure, I'll admit to a US-centric view in which:
A Twitch sub is $5/mo.
Netflix is $9/mo. minimum
A cable TV plan (or streaming equivalent) is $65/mo minimum
Disney+ is $8/mo
HBO Max is $15/mo
etc... In that context, GB's pricing is completely fair and reasonable unless you truly get no use out of it. In which case, that person should cancel and find better things to do than spam the forums with BS.
My GP Ultimate sub is expiring literally today and I'm letting it go. It's possible I'll resub to GP Xbox at some point, but I doubt it.
It's a simple time vs money thing to me. At this point in my life I have more money than time. I'd rather just pay for the 1-2 games I might play per month than keep a sub running for a service that gives me a bunch of games I either don't care about or don't have time for.
And, yes, the Windows Xbox store is a real bummer. Returning to the warm embrace of Steam after dealing with that is a genuine pleasure.
The difference is that hardware failure is on the user's end. The games still exist and are playable unless there are no more working SNES or PS2 out there.
That's just not true. Every cartridge battery will eventually die. Every CD and DVD has a limited life span. All optical disc lasers will eventually die. Physical media is not future proof by any stretch of the imagination, and at some point in the not too distant future a majority of old games and consoles will no longer function through no fault of any user.
True, but every SNES and PS2 game has been dumped/ripped and they exist as perfect digital copies in so many different places that they're now preserved forever. The lifespan of the original media is no longer relevant.
Obviously this sort of thing gets much more complicated with digital-only games and huge day one patches, but even there, people are figuring out how to dump updates from digital stores and preserve them.