Originally Posted by lacrossewacker
negative press? Our freaking phones use digital distribution! Netflix vs Blockbusters. Digital distribution vs physical.
Books < Kindle - digital distribution
Vinyls < CDs < MP3's - digital distribution
VHS < DVD < BluRay < On Demand/Netflix - digital distribution
Floppy Disks < CD's < Steam, Origin - digital distribution
Console cartridges < CD's < digital distribution.
That shiny little plastic you hold onto so dearly was for nothing but getting that piece of media into whatever device it needs to be accessed from. The only reason. Cartridges were replaced by CD's because CD's were better in nearly every way. CD's will be replaced by digital distribution because, with the right infrastructure, DD can be better in every way.
You seem to have forfeited this love for CD's with Origin and Steam though. Why? Because of CONVENIENCE. I suppose you'd rather purchase all of your android apps from a retailer though on a CD and install it from a external CD-Rom to your phone right?
But there is a choice!
You can still buy the movie on blue-ray. Blue-ray isn't gone all of a sudden.
You can also buy a physical book. In paper and all.
You can still buy games on DVD.
Some people don't care about that choice. Others do.
One of the reasons PC games don't care about the steam DRM so much, is because PC piracy is so easy.
Console games are different. At the piracy is not as popular, so the used game market is so much bigger than PC market.
So comparing steam and origin isn't fare. The platform is so different and so big.
And netflix is a service different from buying a DVD or blur-ray games. You get other things out of it than just a movie. And its more comparable to renting a DVD than actually buying it.