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Poll Results: Is 100% Digigtal Gaming a Good Move or Bad Move?

 
  • 70% (12)
    Good Move...Nothing to worry about; just as reliable as retail games.
  • 29% (5)
    Bad Move...Some tweaking still needed to improve reliability for digital gaming.
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post #21 of 28
Well there a pros and cons. Pros are that it's much more convenient and of course space savng. But of course, cons are that if you ISP (I have Comcast) has a bandwidth cap (I have 250GB/month), then you need to be careful. I've gone 75% digital but I still like using my retail boxes since they don't use bandwidth and popping the game into the drive and putting it on the computer is much faster than downloading. CD drives can do 20mbps but my Internet can do 5mbps tops. You do the math and see how much time you save.
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post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by Osea23 View Post

Well there a pros and cons. Pros are that it's much more convenient and of course space savng. But of course, cons are that if you ISP (I have Comcast) has a bandwidth cap (I have 250GB/month), then you need to be careful. I've gone 75% digital but I still like using my retail boxes since they don't use bandwidth and popping the game into the drive and putting it on the computer is much faster than downloading. CD drives can do 20mbps but my Internet can do 5mbps tops. You do the math and see how much time you save.

Most of the steam fanbois make the blind assumption that just because they have unlimited, high speed internet, everyone else does too.
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post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by Oubadah View Post

Most of the steam fanbois make the blind assumption that just because they have unlimited, high speed internet, everyone else does too.

I'll agree with that. I'm partial to steam but I'm no fanboy. I buy retail, Steam, Origin, Amazon digital, Green Man Gaming, etc. And for ME, steam is the least hassle. Again this is just my personal experience and opinion. If I didn't have fast net, or had a bandwidth cap, I'd be less inclined towards digital distribution, but the simple fact is, sometime in the near future, everything will be digital.

I used to love collecting the big old boxes from retail games, as in the HUGE boxes from the mid/late 90s. I was one of the ones who was pissed when they moved to the smaller boxes, and again to the dvd cases. But for me, I like buying a game, then hitting download before I go to bed, then getting up the next day and having a new game ready for me with no hassle of messing with discs.
 
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post #24 of 28
Heh, only Verizon FIOS gets you no bandwidth cap in my neighborhood. Bandwidth caps are the only thing making me scared about going full out digital. Just this month, i've used 247GB/250GB and most of those were games.
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post #25 of 28
Just remember to keep a few boxes with CD keys around. It makes getting your account back in case of any issues MUCH easier. In some cases steam does not accept your CC info and will only take a picture of box/cd key as proof it's your account.
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post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by Osea23 View Post

Heh, only Verizon FIOS gets you no bandwidth cap in my neighborhood. Bandwidth caps are the only thing making me scared about going full out digital. Just this month, i've used 247GB/250GB and most of those were games.

Ouch, Yeah I've got Comcast here. In the last WEEK alone, my laptop has downloaded 327gb of crap, and uploaded 177gb. That doesn't include my desktop, my roommate's desktop, my other roommate's desktop and laptop... We easily cover a TB+ a month and haven't been capped, so I guess we're lucky. Granted we're also paying for their 15 megabit plan and we are consistently getting 22.
 
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Well, time to switch to FIOS thumb.gif
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post #28 of 28
It's actually faster for me to download certain Steam games rather than load them off the CD/DVD-ROM. Personally I prefer having the boxed game, but I will go for the download if it is more than a few dollars less.
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