Moving In My 30s Made Me Nostalgic For Physical Games

GL: "Staff writer Shaz reflects on his small library of physical games he's kept throughout the decades, and how a recent move made him nostalgic."

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Sciurus_vulgaris58d ago

I lost my drive for collecting physical games due to many discs lacking the whole complete game. Instead, of collecting games I started collected figurines.

Popsicle57d ago

I am a collector have a room dedicated with a couple original arcade cabinets, physical game library, old and new consoles and controllers backlit with LED lighting. It’s very cool to have but with emulation being so strong and prevalent, I sometimes feel foolish because the hobby is expensive and like another said, the full game is not always on the disc. Could probably spend more wisely but I enjoy it.

shinoff218357d ago

Most games are usually on disc still. Of course you got you publishers that are hit and miss, Activision, ubisoft, ea, Microsoft, where the rest of the game needs downloaded.


Baldur's Gate 3 PS5 Physical Deluxe Editions Delayed Due to Production Issues

While we were so hoping to not have to update owners of the console physical Deluxe Edition with any further news of delay, we’ve now run into more production issues which means that players who pre-ordered their PS5 North America copy that was expected to ship later this month, will now have to wait until July before they can get their hands on them.

shinoff218359d ago

Got that email like 2 weeks ago. Tbh I'm not tripping. I understand sht happens. I'm just glad they changed their minds on the physical release

Popsicle59d ago (Edited 59d ago )

I with you. I got the email is well. Happy to eventually own a physical copy and glad it’s not digital only.


Opinion: Game Preservation Talk Needs To Include Physical Games

Physical gaming media needs to continue to be Part of the conversation imo

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anast107d ago

Physical games are the foundation of the argument. Every time, a digital game dies, physical gaming is brought up.

Knightofelemia107d ago

I will go digital if I have to if there is no physical port. I believe in a sense of owner ship and in the picture the collection collectors like to show and brag about their collections. Unlike digital which if a studio loses the license the game gets pulled from all digital formats like when Activision lost the license to the Transformers games. I own Transformers Fall and War for Cybertron physical. meaning I can still play them any time I want. I know they can still be accessed digitally on the account if a person bought them. But new players can't do that and if the account gets hacked or banned then a person is screwed on those digital games. Also I have found that the physical cousins tend to go cheaper then digital which rarely goes dirt cheap. I bought KH3 new physically at Best Buy for $10 I think it still full price on Playstation. Stores want to get rid of those games whether thrift stores, box stores, even pawnshops. I hate digital there is no sense of owner ship all I am doing is buying a license and if the game is crap then I am screwed out of that money. If I get the physical port and the game is crap I can trade it in towards another games. Can't do that with digital games. And there are countries if a certain game only comes out in Asia or Australia and doesn't hit North America whether digital or physical I can still import the game. I imported Summer Lesson from Asia so I can play it because Namco did not release it to North America. Hence why physical is better yet again. And physical was also great because I could by certain Xbox games cheap to play them on my XB1. But games going strictly digital only will only hurt the game. I would buy Alane Wake 2 but no disc no sale. As for Hellblade 2 again no disc no sale in my books. If games ever go strictly to digital only I am done with gaming I will only stick to older consoles.

shinoff2183107d ago

Agreed. I just don't see why physical games need to go anywhere. If I have to be charged a little extra for what I want I don't mind I'm willing to as I know there's cost involved. Physical is better in every way except having to get up to switch a disc(which is just a bs reason if I ever heard one). There's room for both formats stop trying to kill physical.

Skuletor107d ago

While physical games are a tangible item with resale value, often what you are paying for now, is the license to play the software, which can be rescinded by the publisher. Furthermore, since the 7th generation of consoles, there has been a culture of releasing games with bugs and glitches, with the mentality of, we can patch it later, sometimes to the point of games having day 1 patches larger than the game itself. Hell, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 only had the tutorial on the disc, Truth is, once you lose access to the digital updates to a lot of modern games, dating back to when the whole launch now patch later stuff started, you could be left with an incomplete game with game breaking glitches and bugs.

6th gen gaming and back are golden though.

ravens52106d ago (Edited 106d ago )

Just out curiosity. If I'm offline and I install one of my many disc based ps5 games and begin to play it OFFLINE. Can the publisher still take away the license to play? 🤓

Skuletor106d ago

I guess not but without going online and getting the game's updates, you could be playing a version that you can't complete due to game breaking bugs or something.
I wonder how many people set their PS5s offline, when Sony was deleting people's Stellar Blade demos they accidentally released early, so they wouldn't lose it.

ravens52106d ago

Ye, I know how it goes smh. Still have PT on my PS4 lol. But ye, that's why I don't purchase digitally. Makes it even easier for them to do those types of things.

Darkegg57d ago

Yes, physical games are unfinished products and the developers decided it’s better for them. We can’t fight it. I embrace digital now and decided physical isn’t worth it anymore as they are incomplete. It’s the digital age, it’s how things are. We have fun for the moment and then move forward. There is no future for which any moment could accommodate the digitals of the past. The OS changes, and we all have to move with the times. The best way to see it is to pay for the moment, and leave it at that. Look at video games as a movie. You pay for enjoyment at that time. Which can also save us money from hoarding games on the cheap if we decide we won’t use the software. I feel the backlog is a bigger issue than game preservation. If u r worried about preservation, they will play on you to own backlogs at your expense, and I will bet most of us won’t even play a fraction of our library.

Inverno107d ago

Speaking of, there's this little movement happening for "The Crew". If any of y'all own the game then i suggest you take a look at Ross Scott's video and pitch in on getting the ball rolling.

Skuletor106d ago

The least they could have done is release a patch to enable offline play but it's obvious they're just trying to push people to buy the sequels.


Take-Two CEO Says Competing Xbox and PlayStation Consoles Are a 'Benefit' but Not a 'Necessity'

But he's still firm that physical games aren't going away.

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ravens52164d ago

Good. Fight the good fight!

Cacabunga163d ago

Gamers have the power and they are the Ives who will decide if physical stays or not.. physical is here to stay, but good that a guy like this confirms

jznrpg164d ago

Keep up the physical copies I’ll keep buying PS and Nintendo consoles.

shinoff2183164d ago

Fking word. Physical is the key. People would be surprised because the misconceptions out there but there's a sh ton of us that still prefer this route

ApocalypseShadow164d ago

One high end console has always been a benefit. The other is no longer a necessity.

Only competition there ever was, was when one launched a year to a year and a half early. Based on this generation, the other would have to launch 2 to 4 years early just to compete. Because buying a huge part of the industry, having a multiple game sleep mode, cheaper in price, smaller form factor, supposedly having better BC and a day one subscription service, has still resulted in another huge ass kicking.

Yay for physical Take Two.

Knightofelemia164d ago

I wouldn't really call it competing when a company is dead last in sales when compared to the rival company. I will always stick around for physical copies of games. Moment games go all digital is the day I bring the SNES and Genesis out of hibernation and just stick to retro.

Hofstaderman164d ago

The voice of resounding sanity.

Michiel1989164d ago

looks at gta 5 monetization and NBA 2k scandal....