Downloadable games are on the rise. As seen through the success of Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA), consoles are a viable medium to release digital games. No longer are developers held hostage to the disc or the franchise sequel. Digital games cost less to make, meaning the risk is much lower to launch creative new ideas.
The gaining popularity of the PS3's PlayStation Network (PSN) is also proving that downloadable games don't have to be short, arcade-y experiences. Titles like Everyday Shooter and PixelJunk Monsters offer impressive HD experiences that take advantage of the new generation of powerful gaming hardware.
And with WiiWare, Nintendo's upcoming downloadable games service for the Wii, console gamers have more reasons than ever to get interactive.