Originally Posted by Rndomuser
There's 0 reliability about using disks, provided you live in civilized society with proper broadband access.
That's an overstatement, of course; even though I know what you meant to say, even if others here did not (that discs provide no additional
reliability compared to digital). The reality is that each format has its different pros and cons. In addition to resale, discs offer (or at least they should offer) a smaller mandatory install than a disc, which is a boon for people with large game collections (a 500GB drive is not that much when a digital game consumes 25GB!) But the transportability of digital is an obvious benefit that discs cannot replicate (broken disc = game over).
And if extra couple of $$$ from reselling the game really matter to you - maybe you should find a better job or (if you're unable to work due to disability) save on something else or don't waste your money on games in first place
They are not an "investment", they are just a temporary, disposable source of entertainment.
Telling someone to "get a better job" is a sure path to having your arguments ignored. You may as well have called him a Nazi, a lot of people probably started thinking you were an idiot the moment you said that.
But the true nugget if wisdom here is that, as much as the game devs bemoan this argument, paying full price for most new games at release is just stupid. That's why they hype their games up so much, to make you think that if you aren't playing on day one you're just missing out on the Event of the Year. Pssh. That game will be the same game in a year, when it will be half price on Steam. And it will still be the same in two years, when it will be under $10 in the Summer Sale. People on a budget just need to tune out the advertising hype and go buy games that are a bit older but still fantastic.
(Naturally, the exception here is multiplayer FPS. Unfortunately the communities are fickle, and there may be few to no players in two years. I would still advocate avoiding day one hype and waiting for the first sale price, but you probably need to jump on within the first year to get full enjoyment out of this genre.)
Originally Posted by Mega Man
i prefer hard copies, what happens if xbl ever dies ( talking far future not near ) as a collector,
Hopefully the publisher migrates them to another platform, like when Bioshock 2 and the Arkham series went over to Steam when GFWL was shut down.
i like to hold it in my hand and put it on my shelf
I used to be like you, but I got over it. That really is "old man" sentiment (and I am an old man for the record, so that's not meant as a slight). Do you *have* to hold a DVD in your hand, or are you content to watch Netflix? Do you *have* to hold a paper book, or do you use an e-reader? It's all the same thing...eventually you will catch up on the gaming thing, I suspect.
Originally Posted by Papas
Ive been gaming for over 10 years, never lost a game, never had a game get scratched up. I have however lost about $700 worth of games going from xbox 360 to xbox one. If i hadnt bought digital copies of those games i prob could have sold them for $150-200.
Never? Luckiest gamer on earth, I wager. I've been gaming for 34 years...it happens. I've had cartridges, floppy disks, and optical discs all get damaged or fail for other non-obvious reasons. Of course it's not common
, I'm not implying that...but it's going to happen sooner or later!
I guess I should also clarify that I don't like to buy digital console games myself, for the storage reasons I mentioned before and for the resale reasons you specify. Eventually I will sell the console, and having the games with it will increase the resale. I do buy digital DLC however, and I use my Bing search points on XBL $3 credits that I apply towards games (but I don't consider that spending money really). But on PC, I am exclusively digital now...I buy them on sale from Steam, as mentioned. And even if I bought new, the resale value of a PC game plummets so fast because of Steam that there is little reason to keep that physical copy.
Now about disk drives dying, never had that happen either, out of all my friends and family, none have had that happen either. 0 reliability with disks?
You've never had a drive die on you? You really are the luckiest person on earth.
With 99% of isp's creating caps disks are a smarter idea then downloading.
I still don't have a cap through Time Warner, but reality is that an occasional game download is not going to impact your cap as much as streaming media will.
Originally Posted by DeviousAddict
Another thing that bugs me massively with digital games now is the price, when they advertised digital over physical the said it would be cheaper because of no shipping, packaging cost etc. BUT THEY LIED! Average of £50 for a download is ridiculous, how can they justify having the same price as a physical version? When it costs them less to supply.
This is very true, we were "promised" lower prices. But it doesn't (and didn't) take a business genius to smell out the lie, or to understand why: the brick and mortar retailers would cry foul for being unfair competition, it would "put them out of business". Fair or not, the distributors need their retail channel, so they can't alienate them; plus they get to keep the higher margins of the digital download. In short, prices never come down just because of an efficiency; efficiencies always lead to higher margins. Prices only come down as a result of competitive pressure or a devaluation of the product, neither of which is created via digital downloads.