Kris Erickson writes:
"The new PSP Go and Nintendo DSi both offer customers the ability to download retail games directly to the device, without ever having to go to a shop. Needless to say, many retailers have reacted with considerable caution to this new direction the video game industry will take in coming years. Manufacturers like Sony and Nintendo stand to make a lot of money through these payment systems (essentially recouping all of the profit that used to be lost to retail middlemen).
But if every single video game was sold via download, what would happen to popular sites like N4G, Joystiq and Kotaku, who rely heavily on sales commission and retail advertising?"