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A New Way to Purchase Games

Original-Gamer.com: "Back in the 80’s, playing games only cost a quarter for every five to ten minutes of gameplay. In the late 80’s & 90’s, retail game sales took over the industry as people would rather purchase a console than play at some arcade in public. Other than the digital revolution for downloadable sales, nothing has changed for game sales other than the fact that more games come out on a weekly basis than anytime previously. What if you can change the way people pay for games?"

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sdozzo1319d ago

This buy online concept will only continue to grow. It helps kill used games and gamers pay a little less initially. Next gen it will be paramount.

Drainage1318d ago

we actually pay more since most games at amazon are price slashed but on the PSN store,they remain 59.99

mt1318d ago

i don't understand that unless you work for sony you will like that, because last time I checked myself when we are talking money, i don't give a damn about sony, Microsoft ... etc etc

aGameDeveloper1317d ago

I was setting up my second Xbox for my son and found that I had to export the licenses for all my Arcade games to his machine so that he could play the arcade content I'd purchased. As long as he only ever uses that machine, this should be fine, as the licenses are also tied to my account, so I can play the games while "roaming" on my own machine. But if he ever wants to play the games on my box (with the better TV), or I set up a third machine for my daughter, they won't be able to play the games, which won't be a problem with all my disc-based games...

caseh1319d ago

To be honest this way of doing things could become messy. Developers basically stripping their games to pieces and selling them in bits and on top of that theres DLC.

I'll abandon gaming altogether if purchasing games online becomes the preferred method of distribution. Steam has got it right, pricing structure is amazing.

Digital downloads on consoles are a joke, way over priced and no competition meaning prices will never shift like they do on the high sreet.

Tetsujin1318d ago

I wouldn't give up gaming all together, I'd just stick to the classics and not purchase anything new until physical media is an option again - IF they went fill 100% digital.

moparful991319d ago

I think this model makes a great companion to brick and mortar stores.. However digital sales will not lead to the extinction of physical game sales.. There's just something magical about going to a midnight release, chatting with fellow gamers, feeling the tension build, getting home and ripping open your copy, the smell of a new disc, the sound of the disc loading into the system and the elation when that start screen appears.. Granted there are alot of people that prefer digital but its not a strong enough segment to do away with brick and mortar..

whitesoxfalife19761319d ago

but on a cold night when u dont want to stand in line for that game day 1 digital downloads sound good to me to bad we don't have that yet but since i dont have that desire to purchase day 1 at da store it really doesn't bother me to do more dashboard shopn as i calls it

lashes2ashes1319d ago

What do you mean we don't have that yet. I got dishonored the day it released on psn. Plus assassins creed 3 is realesed the same day on psn as in stores.

Majors1319d ago (Edited 1319d ago )

@lashes2ashes
Yeah you can get games the second they are released but you way pay more for them and those prices dont drop for months, where you can go to a shop and get it for £10 cheaper.
Digital games are a great idea but the pricing is just stupid for a game you never truly own.
They have no distribution, packaging, marketing etc etc yet they charge more ? it should be like 2/3 the shop price for it to be worthy.

dubal-e1319d ago

What up white soxs. Chi-Town here !!

moparful991317d ago

@majors Actually I can pre buy need for speed on the PS store for 12 bucks cheaper then a brick and mortar store.. No waiting, no sales tax just instant gratification.. Its an excellent program...

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guitar_nerd_231319d ago

I'm in favour of this, I usually just play the single player of games.