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I want to buy the games physically not digitally. Are all games going digital or will the physical game market still go on
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In the preset market there is still a need for both digital and physical products but i have a feeling it will switch to 100% digital in the near future(as in 10 to 20 years)
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get the digital and make a physical back up, whats wrong with that these days.

if your referring to steam's DDS(Digital Download Service) then you can just download the game, and make a back up, burn the backup which has updates preinstalled into the backup making the reinstall process a lot better, So in the interest of time heres a summary.

Download Game Via Steam ==> Install Update(Should be automatic) ==> Make backup of game(updates are included) ==> Burn to disc ==> Archive for future use.
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I prefer physical versions too in fact, i just bought the witcher 2 and it says i can install on as many pc as i want as many times i want
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Both are highly popular. I personally prefer steam (haven't bought a physical copy in years). Each has drawbacks.
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get the digital and make a physical back up, whats wrong with that these days.

if your referring to steam's DDS(Digital Download Service) then you can just download the game, and make a back up, burn the backup which has updates preinstalled into the backup making the reinstall process a lot better, So in the interest of time heres a summary.

Download Game Via Steam ==> Install Update(Should be automatic) ==> Make backup of game(updates are included) ==> Burn to disc ==> Archive for future use.
because i cannot smell the new manual scent from a digital download lol
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In the preset market there is still a need for both digital and physical products but i have a feeling it will switch to 100% digital in the near future(as in 10 to 20 years)
Note that consoles are going similar routes, look at the Xbox arcade and some of the PS3 features that let you download entire games straight off the network.

At this point in time it is all personal preference. If you can organize disk well, go for physical. I personally like having that digital download at a mouse click, hence why I love steam.
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i think it might start becoming a little more physical media vs digital. many isps already have bandwidth caps and more and more isps are going to follow suit espically in the US. we'll never go fully digital as long as isps keep the caps.
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because i cannot smell the new manual scent from a digital download lol
I prefer physical copies too, i don't want to lose that smell.
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Get the physical copies while you can then, because they won't be around much longer. I should clarify, by "much longer" I mean within the next 5 years or so

As long as I can get all my games from one service *ahem*EA please start playing fair!*ahem* then I'm happy. I'd take a Steam game over a physical copy any day of the week. Even on consoles I'd choose a digital game over a physical copy if it were a little more practical and there was more available on the console marketplaces.

Digital is the future for gaming. Music has already adopted this (mostly) and movies are moving that way as well. Video games is actually the only medium I could see physical copies disappearing from all together at some point in time, though. I'm not saying this is a good thing, but if any industry completely ditches the physical it'll be games.
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