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Submitted by VerbalKint27 1140d ago | opinion piece

Digital Distribution Gathers Pace: Is It Game-Over On The High Street?

Last week the Daily Telegraph reported that HMV were trying to manage £220m of bank debt. The company has already raised cash by selling book chain Waterstones for £53m and the Hammersmith Apollo for £32m. Despite surviving 2012, however, it looks like next year could be another grim one, for not just HMV but the gaming industry as we know it on the high street.

If there is any truth in the rumours of new consoles hitting our shelves next Christmas, it would be just the miracle needed to give many of the stores that have become household names a much-needed glimmer of hope.

Unfortunately when the indie specialist stores left the nation’s high street, so did the heart and soul of what has traditionally been gaming commerce for nearly 30 years.

Big companies somehow thought they could replicate this experience by confusing help and suggestion with some poor salesperson being bullied by an over-zealous, money-hungry management team who were only concerned with up-selling and s... (Journey, Minecraft, PS3, The Walking Dead: Episode 1 "A New Day", Xbox 360)

Welshy  +   1140d ago
I certainly hope it's not the end of hard copies and physical retail.

The reason digital distribution is so popular these days is it's ability to say "hey, we won't give you a disc, but heres £/$10 off the retail and you can download it straight up without going to the store"

Choice is my main thing, i at least want the to be able to choose if i want a disc of FIFA so i can take it to my mates house while we have a few beers, or save a few £ and just get a download of something like Minecraft that you won't necessarily want to take elsewhere with you.

Personally? As much as i love the cheap prices and instant gratification of download, i like to physically hold something in my hand when i purchase it and truly own it. Instead of having a mere file of my harddrive that is subject to a 3rd parties rules and policies.

Both have advantages and flaws, but the last thing we need when gaming is ever more expensive and people have less money is to have one format completely corner the industry and dictate all the rules, without competition to keep prices down, the only people who benefit are the big shots who hold all the cards over us.
Nes_Daze  +   1140d ago
Very well said, the only digital copies in my PS3 are the free Plus games.
BrianC6234  +   1140d ago
I hope for the next generation we can download every game. Recently I had trouble finding two games and had to go all over. We should be able to go on PSN or whichever service we want and buy the digital version. On day one. At least Sony is doing that more but it seems mainly the bigger games are getting that. Do it for the games stores just don't stock much.
KrimsonKody  +   1140d ago
To be honest;
Lately, I haven't been feeling too bad about digital downloading games.
In the past, I was so pro-physical copy, but I realize that there's a ton of games that I've purchased via DD that I've enjoyed & probably did'nt even think about having the physical copy.
I mean, I do still enjoy having physicals, but now I find myself more than othen considering DD'ed games.

P.S:
I think it's fine just the way it is now; let the physical copies remain the pinnacle of video games, half DD & half physical.
If a DD is a great game, then it can move from DD to physical & up the price a little due to the manufacturing of having the game on disc, kind of like what they did with Angry Birds, & the companies still win because of the revenue they will get, especially for a game that would be a bit dated by the time it makes it to that stage, if it ever does.
& We still get the AAA games on disc.
If a game is 'meh' in sales, it can remain a DD, & it will still sell to the customers who demand it.
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RuleofOne343  +   1140d ago
Have no issues on my behalf but the industry is not ready due to the ISP , bandwidth,data cap & cable has not reached all areas. So till then am happy that physical copies will be around for some time to come.
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SP3333D-O  +   1140d ago
I have a lot of DDs, but what concerns me is that my continued ability to play them depends on the existence of a third-party and my ability to connect to them. If Steam goes under, Ubi decides to abandon uPlay, or my connection is down, I still want to be able to play the games I purchased. There's also the story of the woman who had her Amazon account arbitrarily closed and lost access to all her digital content. Gives me reservations...

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