BeefJack Writes: I remember a good few years ago I latched onto the craze of purchasing rare games- suddenly I was bidding like crazy on an original cardboard boxed copy of Quake 2, or comparing deals on a Limited Edition pressing of Elite from the Speccy era. Truth is, I considered Elite far too before my time to warrant a purchase before I realized Limited Edition copies were a highly sought commodity.
Earlier this month it was announced that digital distribution only accounts for about 10% of all sales. It's funny, I was all for a future where all content – and I mean literally, all content – was made solely available digitally. Suddenly the stigma of having to find some gormless friend to accompany us to a box office flick would be a thing of the past, shortages on titles on launch day would be nonexistent, the floodgates would open for ambitious indie devs to find a legitimate distribution model- hell, what's the problem? Well, ye olde entertainment centre – the one bastion of our pedantic side, housing our expansive collection of titles new and rare – would simply disappear.