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Not to mention that digital distribution is just all around better. No overhead for physical mailing, physical production, not tied to the location of the media, etc. It SHOULD make prices much, much lower, but I doubt it.

Also, games will have to be reduced in price as they age. You will effectively be able to buy those old games for less (I would imagine), but you won't be able to sell anything. The distributor will control all sales.

Honestly, its a no brainer, no matter how much you like physical media.
Difference being if you reformat and the company you purchase it from goes down, you can safely say "Buh bye" to that media of yours.

I like digital media, but i dislike being at the mercy of Steam. Get your account hacked? hard luck, all those games are gone - for good. And there's NOTHING that can be done about it. What happens if steam/valve closes down? Unlikely but certainly possible. 100's of games purchased from them over the years and you'll no longer have any means of redownloading them should you need to.

Personally i prefer my hard copies. I dislike this dependancy on STEAM, or in fact anything similar . It's also the same reason i totally hate the idea of "Cloud computing" - too risky, noooo thank you.

I do not trust companies with my info, and i do not trust them to help me if it gets lost, stolen or deleted. Besides nothing beats the nostalgia of going to a store and buying a physical copy of a game you really want -- or reading the manual while on the toilet.
Edited by Thingamajig - 6/17/11 at 8:17am
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just look at the psp go it has internet, movie player, music player, comic viewer but with the lack of phicical disks makes it crap and a 16gb internal memory is crap
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Difference being if you reformat, or if the company you purchase it from goes down, you can safely say "Buh bye" to that media of yours.
You can play them locally on your machine forever without needing to connect to steam.

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I like digital media, but i dislike being at the mercy of Steam. Get your account hacked? hard luck, all those games are gone - for good. And there's NOTHING that can be done about it. What happens if steam goes offline for good? Unlikely but certainly possible.
I don't understand, plenty of people get access to their accounts back after being hacked. Also, don't get hacked (it really isn't hard).

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Personally i prefer my hard copies. I dislike this dependancy on STEAM, or in fact anything similar . It's also the same reason i totally hate the idea of "Cloud computing" - too risky, noooo thank you.
I'm down with hard copies too, but they are wasteful. The dependency on STEAM is largely illusory as you can back up all your content locally and playing it does not depend on a connection to STEAM servers. Also, the ability to access my content from multiple machines without having to keep track of media is pretty dang convenient.

An archive on my HDD is just as nostalgic IMO - that's where most of my old games end up anyways. I hear you on not being dependent on STEAM, but I just see the benefits as outweighing potential problems down the road. Mainly because I feel confident Valve would not leave people hanging like that.
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Difference being if you reformat, or if the company you purchase it from goes down, you can safely say "Buh bye" to that media of yours.

I like digital media, but i dislike being at the mercy of Steam. Get your account hacked? hard luck, all those games are gone - for good. And there's NOTHING that can be done about it. What happens if steam/valve closes down? Unlikely but certainly possible. 100's of games purchased from them over the years and you'll no longer have any means of redownloading them should you need to.
I just back up my games by either copying entire Steam folder or using Steams backup thingy. You can burn these on DVDs and it should work even if Steam DL servers go offline.

Edit: Even if Valve bankrupts as a game company, I don't think they'll take Steam to the grave with them, it's so popular right now that it's foolish to not distribute your games there.
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How many people sell their games used so that they can buy another new game,

how many of those people would stop buying so many games if they could not recoup
some of their investment?

PC games are reg. to your account so why can't consoles do the same? this would not require a high speed connection
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How many people sell their games used so that they can buy another new game,

how many of those people would stop buying so many games if they could not recoup
some of their investment?
Wow, that's something I've never taken into consideration, the seller.

I guess it doesn't hurt them (developers) as much as I thought, but nevertheless they don't benefit from it in any way IMO.
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I like digital downloads but I also like having a solid collection of things to have.
I have downloaded ripped blu rays of the highest quality via torrent but they are usually never quite as good as the real thing.

I also like to have a case with the logo and manual...maybe I am just old school.
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Guys you really are forgetting, internet is not everywhere... maybe U.S and EU but not everyone has internet in asia, post soviet block and a lot of other countries. I am studying in China right now and to download a game from steam takes more than a week depending on the size >_>
You guys are used to having 20 mb/s internet connection and complain when it gets lower than 5 mb. Well I am a bloody happy man when my dl speed reaches 200 kb/s !
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You guys are used to having 20 mb/s internet connection and complain when it gets lower than 5 mb. Well I am a bloody happy man when my dl speed reaches 200 kb/s !
Meh - waiting a week for a download isn't that bad. Reminds me of dial up

I mean we all like instant gratification, but that is about the same time it would take to ship - or you could just go buy it at a retail store. I think that for people who have a slow connection, there will still be limited amounts of hard copies - I just think that will become less common.

It costs them more money to produce and ship, and they lose more money to theft and damage. Also, 20mbps is ridiculous. I get 1.5mbps from STEAM.
    
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They will turn into Frisbees, and we will all have fun with them in the park.
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