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The Download vs. Retail debate: What is the better option?

Stevo writes: "With Nintendo releasing New Super Mario Bros. 2 in both retail stores and on the Nintendo eShop, and with more games to be released this way, including New Art Academy and Oni Training in Japan, we might as well take a look at what you can get from each - retail and download." (3DS, Culture, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Wii U)

NastyLeftHook0  +   1267d ago
I like having the physical copy because i can display it in my collection, sell it, let friends borrow it, and sometimes it comes with pretty cool things, ex: maps from red dead.

Digital is cool too, you don't have to get up when changing your games, And its easier to purchase seeing as you can just download them, but there is also a down side. You lose tons of space on your hard-drive. But if you have a 500 gb ps3 like me, you'll be just fine.
PoSTedUP  +   1266d ago
its a lose win situation for me: get to sell a physical copy, but have to carry around games for the vita. i go with physical copies for PS3 and digital for Vita, all day.
NastyLeftHook0  +   1266d ago
makes sense
onyoursistersback  +   1266d ago
if its for a handheld, I would go with digital
iamnsuperman  +   1267d ago
Digital can be an easier option. I am buying more digital versions lately. The problem I am finding is it takes a while (often a ridiculous amount of time) to download the product. It is often quicker for me to drive to the shops and pick it up. Once the speed starts to increase and the price of new retail releases gets competitive then digital releases will become more attractive
Lahey  +   1266d ago
Retail for consoles and digital for handhelds.
_LarZen_  +   1266d ago
Digital is realy nice, but it gives the service one buys it from to much power and controll over your paid product.
Neo Nugget  +   1266d ago
I agree, but if you're just looking to play the game yourself, there isn't a lot wrong with going digital.
_LarZen_  +   1266d ago
Thats true, but if you in 10-20 years want to play some of the old games there could be a chance you couldnt....and that is a little scary.

Im a collector of old consoles and games so I have a hate and love feel about digital. :)
beerkeg  +   1266d ago
Steam for my pc, and mostly hard copies for my consoles. Until consoles have a system in place that enables me to buy and save money like Steam then it will be mostly hard copies for the foreseeable future.

That's not to say I haven't found some bargains, psn has had a few I've taken up over the last year or two, but they are few and far between. Most of the time the prices are too high to consider paying for, which is understandable in a way as they don't want to upset the retailers they sell the most amount of games through.
snake-OO  +   1266d ago
I learnt my lesson with the UMD PSP games not able to transfer to Vita, so on the Vita its digital, and on my PS3 BLU-RAY, and Digital depending what kind of sales are on in the PSN Store.
hennessey86  +   1266d ago
could you imagine
getting a collection of say 50 games on your hard drive and you hard drive then fails on you, I will stick with physical copies please
Neo Nugget  +   1266d ago
And then you just redownload them from your account.
josephps3  +   1266d ago
Yeah but the time it takes to download and install all your collection....eeesh :S The other problems with PSN is you have to remember what you paid for. I bought games 3 years ago and forgot to download again when I had to install everything all over again because my PS3 failed.

Harddrives do fail and if not the harddrive the system itself. This generation especially has been plagued by RROD or YLOD on both system.

For me its a mixture. I like hard copies for my favorite games so I can put it on display like a rare book and there is a physical copy. Digital for other games I enjoy but don't really love.
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PixL  +   1266d ago
josephps3: there's a 'download history' icon in ps store (next to 'redeem code'). you don't have to remember anything, just browse it.

i prefer retail games because i can sell them (i collect only console exclusives and games i feel are unique) but ps+ gave me a huge collection of digital copies and i must admit it's very convenient to run them without the need to slide in a disc.
rpd123  +   1266d ago
I go retail. You can find deals at stores wheras the digital version has a set price that is unlikely to change for a while. You can also resell your retail version.

For Vita, I do retail for Vita games and digital for PSP(obviously). I don't typically carry all my games anyway.
shossofe  +   1266d ago
For me, it varies. If I want two games at the same time for my handheld, I will tend to buy my most wanted one as retail and the other as download. Of course, if those two games have nice boxes...

As for Console games, retail all the way.
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StreetsofRage  +   1266d ago
Damn people are just getting lazy nowadays. How about going for a walk and having a nice meal at a restaurant than heading towards Gamestop and buying yourself a game. That's a perfect day in my book. Way better than staying home, ordering delivery and downloading a game. :/
beerkeg  +   1266d ago
Can't you go out AND buy digitally? Does buying online stop people from going out?
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mcstorm  +   1266d ago
Both for me amd i think it will always be thid way as it will put alot of people out of jobs if everything becomes digital.

I think it will go digital in the next 20 years but shops and developers need to find a way of using one default way to have digital in shops for music videos and games as well as having online stores.
lizard81288  +   1265d ago
For me, it is digital. I won't have to swap out discs, or worry about them scratching, breaking, and I don't have to go to the store. I can just download them in my home. Plus for a handheld, I don't have to carry around a bunch of carts. Plus NSMB2 DD was released at midnight.

The only downside is you can't resell it (yet) [Steam lets you, but steam is for the PC], but that is fine, since I don't resell my games anyways.

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