The future is in digital downloads my fellow gamers, the days of physically going to retail stores to purchase a game will soon be a thing of the past if gaming publishers like Paradox continues to abandon the mighty retail platform.
This sums it up I think.
gamestop ain't going anywhere and as long as my money has a say in the matter it will always be here and i will always support physical media gamestop might not be the best gamestore out there but i would choose to support it over an all digital future any day
why support them when you could go to any other store Best Buy/Target/Wal Mart/AMAZON and get stuff cheaper and brand new most of the time. disc replay, or even craigslist would be a better alternative than using gamestop. I would rather go to yard sales looking for games rather than step foot in gamestop
I prefer Digital DL over Gamestop.. Anything is better than them..
Not that im against DD, but I don't see the value for me. For me DD doesn't have any trade-in value, and im paying full price for them. The only way I full support DD is that the games will have to be $15-20 at most. If full fledged game are this price then i'll support DD, if not physical media it will be.
I hate digital downloads. I will stop being a gamer when games go fully downloadable.
it is largely up to the console makers. the only people that sell the console's are the game sellers. the console sellers such as target bestbuy do not make much off the console alone they make there money on the bundles the accessories and games. you can buy old games on xbox 360 but not new ones because if they sell new ones they are taking profits away from the people that sell and promote there units. they both need each other and as such it is not totally going away for now. some game stores already push ps3 games over xbox games due to them selling the games on there system sooner then game stores would like. helping to reduce there sales and used game sales which create a lot of profit for gamestores.
I agree, which is why Gamestop needs to step it up.
If we go all digital it is us the gamers that will lose out. One look at the PSN and XBL stores sees that in the UK the games are selling at their RRP of £49.99. However, you'll never find games sell for their RRP in a retail store and at least with a physical copy, it feels like you're actually buying... something. Plus I can't trade any games in towards my new one.
The day that video games go digital only is the same day that I stop gaming. I'll stick with physical copies, thanks.
There's no true ownership in all digital. Especially in streaming like with Onlive. I must own the game I purchase. I will take a physical copy, thank you very much. That's why I will NEVER support things like EA/PSN pass. Our ownership rights are being squeezed, and I don't like it. I should be able to play MY copy on ANY system.
Major ISP bandwidth caps are on the rise and an all digital future will make this a major issue. It's already an issue when people stream from Netflix on a regular basis. Not good at all. Plus it can take hours to download a massive game.
... but do you really 'own' a physical copy? (Barring all the legal jargon they stuff into the thing) You can't play your copy on any system, you can only play it on one specific manufacturer's system dictated by the copy you bought. If in the future, the manufacturer decides to abandon backward compatibility, then you more or less own a useless copy. There is no true ownership at all no matter which domain you pick. You'll always be at someone's mercy. As for the popularity of digital, it's mostly popular on PC due to it's practicality. I can buy a collection of games and access them from virtually any PC. (Helpful for small 'casual' games) For consoles though, I don't see digital providing any real benefits aside from saving a trip to the shop at the cost of not being able to sell it used.
I agree, well to be honest I may compromise with an all digital download future, but that may not happen any time within the next decade. Cloud computing gaming however is something I'll boycott. Even if OnLive is the last company on earth I would go out of my way and start my own company to compete with them before I would buy into their service.
pc games should be digital only or stuff u buy off psn or xbox live not full ass on games for consoles go digital thats like 5 years away at least americas telecommunications lines are 5-8 years behind swedens internet speeds in sweden could handle cloud gaming right now but not usa
I can also get physical copies from amazon at a lower price, don't forget the other side of the battle.
Paradox abandoned retail? Paradox's retail business was tiny in the first place. That company has always been a digital distribution publisher first and foremost. In other words, that 90 per cent statistic isn't a sign that its retail business is slowing. Just that it was never important, and its digital distribution platform is taking off. Remember, Paradox is closely alligned to Gamers' Gate, and that's growing fast.
I hate GameStop and digital distrubution. I prefer mom and pop game shops like Action Game Exchange, who sell retail games from any gen. The employees are friendly, informed gamers who hook me up with cheap games. I buy games from there and Amazon.
Fair enough when affordable high speed Internet is available everywhere, and monthly usage limits can accommodate the large amounts of data needed to download games, but until that happens physical copies are here to stay.
I dont know if it's just me but I still love buying games from a store.
I think we'll see the demise of retail when cloud storage becomes more accessible, replacing our hard drives like Amazon is atempting. I think within the next two years we'll see a dramatic adaptation of cloud usage.
Yeah, not gonna happen. Or rather, Gamestop will shoot itself in the foot being assholes on the whole trade-in front. It won't be because of digital downloads. Too much work for casuals, with no return policy. And longtime/hardcore gamers like having a physical copy in-hand. In other words: wrong.
just like theres still ppl who refuse to use credit cards and still write out checks there will people who will refuse to go totally digital and as long as those ppl remain there will always be physical media. even with netflix dominating ISP's bandwidth big box stores still have the same amount of space dedicated to physical copies of movies. another thing is service outages although they're not frequent all its takes is one random unannounced outage to turn a customer off from digital solutions
I like owning an actual copy, brick and mortar stores will never go away. I do appreciate the option of digital download as an alternative and it has its purposes. I enjoy browsing in a store and chatting with the patrons there about gaming. It's an important part to gaming culture.
Agree with you 200% its geat being in the store(s) talking gaming with people who enjoy the same hobby I do.
... Don't they own Impulse? O.o
"the days of physically going to retail stores to purchase a game will soon be a thing of the past" Saying 'soon' is incorrect. Most markets and consumers couldn't handle downloading next gen 20-50 gig games. 1) Who wants to wait 1-3 days for a game to download. I can be at Gamestop or BB in 10 minutes. 2) In Canada, I have a 60 gig DL limit per month and that's actually better than other people's limit. It would be ridiculously expensive to DL games given that they charge extra per gig over the limit. 3) Christmas would suck! -"Here son, 3 vouchers for games" -"Thanks dad!" -6 days later - "These games are AWESOME" 4) PSP GO
i support digital,no disk no cases saves room and i don't have to worry about them being stolen or borrowed and not be returned back. and almost all the money goes to the developers.
Exactly, which means they have more time to work on the game and not the box design.
Dumb article... the future is constantly changing, so I love how anyone can know what the future will entail.
and the day we get to this point of DRM or DIGITAL RIGHTS MANAGEMENT....I will have moved on or only playing games from older consoles minus any form of DRM. I wont be a slave, no thanks.
If anything the future is cloud gaming
Like it or not, DD and cloud computing gaming is the future. It might be some time before this happens but it's coming folks...like it or not...
in the future all major publishers will cut out the middle man
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