Digital Distribution Growing With Unlikely Audience

Modern-Gamer writes: When you think about digital distribution as a gamer you might think you’re paving the way with this form of commerce. Almost daily we’re inundated with new downloadable games, sales on sites like Gamersgate, Direct2Drive and Steam, and let’s not forget about micro-transitions. Gamers might be patting themselves on the back as the world goes all digital. However, it looks like the real movers and shakers in the world of digital distribution come from a very unlikely source.

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Pandamobile3191d ago (Edited 3191d ago )

I don't understand this article. It almost seems as though the author is writing this in the year 2006 when digital distribution was just starting to go mainstream. Also the title, "Digital Distribution Growing With Unlikely Audience". How is PC an unlikely platform for digital distribution? Digital retailers were born on PC...

Sheikh Yerbouti3191d ago

Most media - books, music, movies - are distributed digitally to the mass market. Actually, we console gamers are pretty much last to the party, just because of the multigig size of the games alone.

anonymouse1113353191d ago

This, a lot of things are going digital because digital is becoming more convient and cheaper, not to mention more reliable, hard drives aren't 100% reliable but they're a lot more reliable than discs that refuse to play if they get scratched.

I think a lot of it has to do with the piracy effect, piracy showed people how digial distribution could be convinent and once a alternative was offered to illegal downloading people could do it legally, see: iTunes, fun fact: despite physical CD sales going down each year digital sales have soared since then enough to make up for it and bring in extra. I'm hesitant myself to buy stuff anymore because every things going digital, and then there is the question will I be able to download it once it goes digital so I can store it in a more reliable format?

digital distribution has caught on and people are loving it because it's easy to sort your collection and keep track of it, yes if your HDD fails you have akin to a housefire and losing everything, but thats why you should back it up on a second drive, and possibly a third in a different location if you're paranoid.

Candy13184d ago

This could be problem on many fronts. Some ISP's allow a limited number of downloads before they start restricting your speed aswell as more money spent on HDD'S if it is predominantly downloaded to consoles. They would have to get the majority of gamers on streaming services like Bt's OnLive to be commercially feasible.

NYC_Gamer3191d ago

its already mainstream...

moderngamer3191d ago

If you read the entire article you would realize how wrong you are in both cases.

Pandamobile3191d ago

I've read it twice, care to make the point of the article a little more clear?

The Tingler3191d ago

Who are you talking to here?

Otheros003191d ago (Edited 3191d ago )

He's just talking about people who buy books for e-readers.
This has nothing to do with gaming or even related to gaming.
This is just about the digital distribution of books.

Nihilism3191d ago (Edited 3191d ago )

"However, it looks like the real movers and shakers in the world of digital distribution come from a very unlikely source."

All gaming innovations, in both gameplay, graphics and peripherals begin on PC.

Gaming started on PC's period. Before the atari...there was PC. All those genre's of games you know and love...started on PC. That 'new' tech you love on console's...already on PC. Those 'uber graphics'...not by PC standards. Industry trends....start on PC.

OMG do console's liek have online gaming now, that is so new school. I better trade in my PC for a console....I'll have to make sure I buy a HDMI cable on top though BECAUSE THEY DON'T EVEN COME WITH ONE.

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