The NZA Posted October 23, 2009 Share Posted October 23, 2009 Steam, X-box Live Arcade, Playstation Network, Wiiware...this generation's seen more digital distribution than any prior. new systems like the PSP Go are entirely devoid of physical media, and some gamers - resentful of Gamestop and its swap shop ways (resales dont give any money back to the game's creators. yes, every industry has this same problem, but we cry about it a lot more for some reason) - have decided this is a good thing. I do not believe it is, and here's why. + On the positive side, physical media is clunky, and its nice not hauling it around everywhere (in regard to portable systems). moreover, every system which either legitimately (or via homebrew) lets you load from its hard drive typically cuts back on loading times. these features are definitely cool...in the PSP's case, its not like UMD's were ever really ideal. - The negatives, however, are far bigger. Getting past the fact that any legit games youve bought for the PSP wont work on this new system (...), here's where DD goes wrong for me. 1) Physical ownership: people pay for PC software all the time (ive no idea why). not everything we purchase has have a physical representation to appease its customers. that said. with consoles, many questions arise: is this game married to the console? what happens when they dont make/support this system anymore, is my game lost? if this particluar system dies on me, can i get it back on the one i replace it with? << sony and microsoft both have a set # of times you can do this before having to call them and plead/argue, making your purchased game feel like an elaborate rental. PC has had this problem for years with SecuROM and such, nintendo, i still dont know how it works. when there's an option, i always go with physical media to avoid this. 2) False assumptions about the venue: New games are $60, which is a lotta money for most of us. They once were $40 (around PS1) but even that was a reprieve from cartridges which couldve gone up to $80 at one point prior. Still, consumers are eager to see cuts, and not eager to wait for them or buy used like the rest of us. The assumption is: cut out the middleman (gamestop, big box stores etc) and surely the company will pass on the savings. ...there's absolutely no evidence this can or will happen, especially with production costs only rising. Microsoft just recently started selling "On Demand", current-gen 360 games on Live. the prices are exactly what they are at retail, even for games like Fable 2 which are often cheaper. if you really think games are going to magically go back to $40 or less with DD, ask yourself this: when was the last time an industry was monopolized and it benefited me? 3) Hello, buyer's remorse: a huge disadvantage to DD for me (which ties back to ownership) is what can and cant be done with your product. I rent a lot of games, and lend/borrow others - all of this is gone. i can no longer share or try out games...from now on, id better be really sold by the demo or reviews, because if i buy a title for $60, guess what? im stuck with it. no "at least i can get like $20 something back from gamestop...", no trading over forums online, no none of that; i most likely cant even sell them with my system as they'll be linked to my account. how many games have you played which looked great, but were entirely unsatisfying? what if the industry forced you to keep it & eat your loss? would you say this is pro-consumer...? these are just some of the larger factors. gunsmith asked me about it, was wanting to get the ball rolling...in conclusion, ive bought digital games from PSN and XBL (and more) and ive been satisfied with them. I fully believe we'll see more of this, and its not all bad - if the industry continues its current model of offering its full games at retail (optionally online) then ive no qualms, but needless to say, i see the prospect of any of the big 3 going DD only as a huge negative, one i would have a difficult time (if at all) supporting. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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