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Submitted by deanobi 1962d ago | article

Should video games only become available via download?

With serious environmental and economical issues existing in today’s climate, should video game discs become obsolete to help combat the pollution, extra costs and time involved with manufacturing?

This article discusses whether should video games only become available via download? (Dev, Industry, Next-Gen, Nintendo Channel, PC, PS3, Tag Invalid, Wii, Xbox 360)

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Hanif-876  +   1963d ago
Physical media is alot better, when will retarded people understand this?
The day when games are downloadable only is the day i'll stop being a gamer.
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Ares84PS3  +   1962d ago
I share your opinion.
rockleex  +   1961d ago
Ask the 74% of the world that doesn't have internet access...
Whether they think games should become available ONLY via download.


And that's without even putting the internet speed into consideration yet.

If we did, I'm pretty sure less than 5% of the world can feasibly download full games within a reasonable amount of time.

Then you have to consider hard drive space, and whether people want to switch hard drives back and forth to switch between games that aren't on the same drive.
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StbI990  +   1962d ago
Should video games only become available via download? NO

But it is the future guys...just not our future LOL
AllroundGamer  +   1961d ago
what future? 2012 is right around the corner... ;))
Pandemic  +   1962d ago
Countries like Australia have internet quota's so we don't have unlimited downloads, so it would be bad for families with low monthly internet quota.
emk2004  +   1962d ago
i hate dd personaly i like owning the digital copy and having the box and manual
HolyOrangeCows  +   1962d ago
Too many internet limitations that won't likely change in the mainstream for decades.....if ever with these greedy companies; they'll probably still give strict limitations by being cheap and cutting corners and giving limits that you may easily go over so they can charge more, when they actually switch to the newer options.

Retailers, manufacturers, and myself would prefer to just stay with discs.
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gamerzBEreal17  +   1961d ago
i wouldn't mind it i love being able to download full games as soon as they launch without leaving the house its awsome i think they should make it an option
PotNoodle  +   1961d ago
A gamer will game regardless of the media.
stephmhishot  +   1963d ago
"There are just so very many ways for me to say this to you: never, not in a million years absolutely not, no way Jose, no chance Lance, nyet, negatory, mm-mm, nuh-uh, oh-oh, and of course my own personal favorite of all time, man falling off of a cliff......
-NOOOOOOOoooooooo!"- Dr Cox
coolasj  +   1962d ago
*Holds up finger*
" Phtttt "
FreeFalling  +   1963d ago
When 1TB harddrives come at $5 a pop,
then maybeee.
iamnsuperman  +   1962d ago
and download times increase so that downloading a game takes around a minute or two
theonlylolking  +   1963d ago
Fierce Musashi  +   1963d ago
Perhaps for PC gaming, but maybe not for console gaming, imo. However, it would be quite helpful not to have to worry about any like disc scratches among other things.
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deanobi  +   1962d ago
obviously you have steam at the moment for pc - but it would certainly help end the time required to take a game out of its case and put it into the game console.
Fierce Musashi  +   1961d ago
Yes, I made a Steam account recently. However, I have not really used it yet. I'm a console gamer mostly.

Your point?
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vickers500  +   1962d ago
You don't really have to worry about scratched discs very much when it comes to PS3 games.
Non_sequitur  +   1962d ago
Blu-rays are required to have a scratch resistant coating, but sadly DVDs aren't required to have protection.
vickers500  +   1962d ago
Yeah :(

But blu rays have brought in a complete peace of mind when buying used games. It would be a pretty rare occasion to get a used ps3 game that DIDN'T work.
oldjadedgamer  +   1962d ago
I like to brag about my collection when people come into my room. Easy to do with physical cases, not so much without them.
willie32  +   1962d ago
I prefer owning the disk. I hope all new released games via download will be $10-15 cheaper. The days of buying used games will be all gone.
Apotheosize  +   1962d ago
God no. For PC users its fine. But I like physical copies.
fossilfern  +   1962d ago
NO! i dunno about you but i like actually owning the physical disc and DL games dont really hold their value compared to a physical game.
Red_Phoenix  +   1962d ago
Hell No!
I love using the internet and downloading stuff, but I just can't spend money on something I can't ever physically hold.
Dan50  +   1962d ago
Thank goodness the PS3 allows for multi region accounts.
Downloading the uncensored version from Europe or America FTW.
DAS692  +   1962d ago
Highly Doubt it...
Digital media is in the position of a simple book nowadays. Humans will probably never stop making books just because of "Environmental Issues" and they cost WAY more damage to the environment that the manufacturing of a simple disc.
Playerz8  +   1962d ago
Could you imagine downloading PS4 games? Those would take days!
ZombieNinjaPanda  +   1962d ago
Short answer: No.
Long answer: No.
The Great Melon  +   1962d ago
The collector in me dies a little as more games become download only. I'm one of those that looks for the box that has no scuff marks, water damage, cover discoloration, original case, contains the booklet, etc. Likewise I check to make sure that the disks are in pristine condition with no heat damage, minor scratches, and also that they match the case they reside in. Looks like those days are disappearing. With so much DLC being released you almost never can have the complete game anymore without spending the same amount you bought the game for.
Rageanitus  +   1962d ago
it will only be feasible
when almsot everyone in the world has fast and unlimited internet
wissam  +   1962d ago
Simple games = yes. big games = no.
tweet75  +   1962d ago
no why ? longetivity- servers are only up for a limited time
I like the idea i could keep my games the rest of my life. I still play my NES games I bought 23 years ago. The problem with downloadble games even if the downloads are unlimited is the servers. Things are only on there for a finitie time. Do you think virtual console games, psn games xbox live games will still be there 20 years from now? Probably not.
acky1  +   1961d ago
Steam allows users to download games from 20 years ago...wolfenstein 3d, as does psn. I think downloading games games is brilliant, it should at least be an option. Look at the way downloading music has become incredibly popular. Why should games not have that OPTION too?
1Victor  +   1962d ago
Yes if and only when
There is high speed internet connection everywhere in Africa and its affordable for for everyone. Meaning in 15 to 20 more years
Pumbli  +   1962d ago
I've always liked optimism, it's good for the mind and soul.

However, I do not believe that in 15 to 20 years everyone in Africa will have a high speed internet connection. Let alone even having internet or even computers.

They've got conflicts, hunger, illiteracy, crimes and many other horrible things to solve. Having computers connected to the internet is not a priority to them.

(Edit: Keep in mind that I'm not talking about the richer countries like Egypt and South Africa, I mean places like Congo and Somalia.)

On Topic:
No, hell no, I live in Northern Europe and having games download only would seriously mess stuff up for us gamers not living in the big 3 game lands. (UK,US,Jap)
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washingmachine  +   1962d ago
dur ermmmm yeah,just make downloads is this guy on.we are far from digital only games.
table  +   1962d ago
I expect the ps4 and next xbox to be DD compatible for full games but it is too difficult to postulate if/when physical media will cease.
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C4BL3  +   1962d ago
vinyl vs eight track vs tapes vs cd
Download only will be the future. Imagine all the HD needed and not having to worry about disk size or if some code can't make it because the game would be too big. FF games could be one download and not X amount of disks. when people only had vinyl they said no way will i every give up my wax for a plastic thing but they did and this is the same thing belive it.
punisher99  +   1962d ago
Me personally. I'll never support a download only future. For one thing, If you download a game from psn or xbl, you never actually fully own it. You cant bring a download game with you to your friends place. You cant re sell it if you dont want it anymore. And there is usually a limited amount of times you can download games. So why in the world would I want to download something that cost 50 or 60 bucks? And I don't actually own it.
RatchetandClank  +   1962d ago
Hell No!!
Spenok  +   1962d ago
No they should not, but they will....eventually.
Bell Boy  +   1962d ago
No thank you.

The games I have on psn are fine but since having 2 ylod I stopped buying because Sony won't free up the accounts of the dead ps3's...only three more strikes and my investment in downloaded games is gone.

Sony at least let you have 5 accounts to start with can imagine if download was only option...companies would screw us into the ground for a product we will never physically own
Capt-FuzzyPants  +   1962d ago
should gaming go download only.
its a simple answer. NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PirateThom  +   1962d ago
Personally, I think everyone should have a choice of their media. I will always buy physical. Some people may prefer digital.
BBAM  +   1961d ago
how do you have a disagree to that o.O
someone believes you shouldn't have a choice?
I knew N4G was filled with idiotic fanboys, but I wasn't aware of the morons who are against freedom of choice
Solans Scott  +   1962d ago
A physical copy is always better in my opinion.
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