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Submitted by mrprice33 608d ago | opinion piece

3 Reasons Why Digital Distribution Might Not Be The Best Thing For The Games Industry

There’s a long way to go in overcoming the potential hurdles digital distribution faces as a method of selling games. However, when considering the potential downside of a digital-only future, it might be best for those hurdles to remain in place as long as possible. (EA, Industry, Steam)

kesvalk  +   608d ago
while in the US maybe is not that good, in other countries where retail is extremely expensive, digital distribution is a godsend.

i think more 80% of the games market is digital here on Brazil.

my hope is that the games market goes completely digital, it would be awesome.
decrypt  +   607d ago
"in other countries where retail is extremely expensive, digital distribution is a godsend."

Agreed, I been staying the middle east for quite a number of years now.

Console games here cost anywhere between 75 - 80usd, its a complete rip off.

Mean while games bought of sites like Steam cost 49usd, gets even better when games are on discount on Steam paying 10-20usd for 2-3 month old games is a god sent in these countries.

Another bonus with digital downloads is that nothing is ever out of stock, Stores like Steam have thousands of games at hand, you could never get that sort of collection at a retailer. Hell most retailers drop games as soon as the game gets 2-3 months old.
kesvalk  +   607d ago
you're lucky with 75-80 USD, in Brazil retail is on the range of 100~150 USD, after steam adopted the Brazilian Real on it's store i am paying less than i would if i brought in dollar (a example is that borderlands 2. In dollar i would pay something like $60, which translates into around R$120, but after the localisation of the store to actual BRL, i pay R$80 in the same game).

and i agree on the fact that it have unlimited stock.

you can buy old games like the original x-com for less than 10 bucks.
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SPAM-FRITTER-123  +   607d ago
I'm all for DD. its miles cheaper and there is no temptation to sell/trade. nothing worse than trading a game to be asked a week later by a friend if you fancy some co-op/MP to then go buy it back.

if you are locked in an expensive region, try key sites.

legit keys and and work direct with steam and origin.

you get an actual picture of the scratch of key direct from the box so you know there no iffy business. the prices are like having a steam christmas sale every day of the year.

Example: Far Cry 3 (Lost Edition) £15.32 (Uplay Key) not bad for a game less than 2 months old. usually about £30-£40.

i would link you but do not want this classed as SPAM (which it isn't)
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Nerdmaster  +   607d ago
Yeah. Here in Brazil retail games are too expensive.

I liked the DS more than PSP, but I bought more games for my PSP because I could buy them from the american PSN. My Steam list has more than 200 games, but I don't remember the last time I bought a PC game at a store.
Somebody  +   607d ago
I'm lucky that in my place retail PC games tend to be priced around or slightly lower than the US price. But that also mean I can only buy one or two games per month. The main drawback though that those prices don't get lower even after years on the shelf.

After I started buying-downloading through Steam, I've changed my buying habits. Thanks to daily sales I am now able to buy several games per month. Plus I get to buy games that interest me but their low overall reception from gamers and reviewers made me avoided buying them at launch. So far the only drawback that I find with Steam is that some games are region locked. Which is weird since I can buy the same games at retail shops and then activated them on Steam anyway.
Stoppokingme  +   607d ago
DD is a doubled edged sword.

It's great if the prices for games go down, paying $100 AUS for a game is ridiculous, and that's excluding premium/limited editions.

On the other hand you have the problem of connection. Not all of us can afford the best plan.

Not to mention security. Hard copies on disc are reliable, what happens when the connection cuts out at 90 percent of a download? that's a big chunk of monthly data gone down the drain.
DudeJets  +   607d ago
Usually now days they all run via a peer network no data is lost
kesvalk  +   607d ago
you never used steam, did you?

not only steam only need to be online to activate the game the first time, the downloads aren't lost if you connection goes down, and are simply resumed after you go back online.

and the same holds true to other online stores, like origin and desura.
ThatHappyGamer  +   607d ago
I can't imagine downloading tons of GB's with my 2Mbps internet speed.

For me its retail all the way.
Nerdmaster  +   607d ago
You can download them during the night while you're asleep.
ThatHappyGamer  +   603d ago
Don't you know that continuous downloading kills the PS3.
Blackdeath_663  +   607d ago
there are many more reasons why it is good for the industry. can't wait for the day when you buy games digitally and you are able to play them across all consoles. i don't see why i have to buy a game twice if i feel like playing it on a different platform. if i bought skyrim on ps3 why should i buy it again to play it on the pc or 360 especially since they fucked up the ps3 version so bad. in a few weeks a get my pc then everything i do will be digital.
mrprice33  +   607d ago
I don't think this is in the cards for the future. I can see each platform holder have its own store, as opposed to a sort of "universal binary" that works across multiple platforms. Sony/MS/Nintendo won't let that happen.
Summons75  +   607d ago
Have fun waiting then because that will never happen. Not to mention you will never truly own the games you buy, they will be expensive ( I've seen new games on there full price still when all the stores have dropped the price to 20 bucks), and if everything relies on steam and that crashes you will lose everything until incomes back (just look at the recent cloud crash and how many people couldn't access save files).

Digital only is the worst idea ever in most cases.
Are_The_MaDNess  +   607d ago
i hope we go all digital in a few years. got a 60/60megabit fiber-net connection with no limit. and Steam is a blessing.
all they really need is to spread and upgrade the servers so they don't overload so much.

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