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Speaking of money, let’s look at the major developers and how they do digital distribution. The idea of an all-digital future in gaming requires the big time developers to make that leap. There are hundreds of reasons for the developers to never do that in a hundred years, but I’m going to focus on just a few. First: The market. If you’re a fan of Call of Duty, you’ll want to buy the new one. Now, how do you go about doing that? You’ll pre-order the game from GameStop, probably pick up the “super-maxie-extreme-super-absorbent-mega-fanboy-I-have-no-life-addion-and-can-play-with-cat-helmets-and-remote-control-cars” edition, wait for it to come out, line up at midnight because you have nothing better to do on a Wednesday night, take it home and play it. Do you have any idea how much money developers make from this? Just think about it: $60 per copy of the game itself, another $60 for the collector addition bonus, $60-$80 dollars for the super collection addition. Don’t let the big developers fool you into thinking they’re struggling to make their money back, they’re not. They’re doing just fine. If it seems like I’m constantly brining up money, it’s only because I am. The method for you picking up the new Call of Duty changes if you choose the digital route: You Pre-order a discounted price through your chosen digital platform, you only get one version because there is no toy to get with digital copies, wait for the next day and it’ll be sitting on your computer. That’s hundreds of dollars per copy they are losing to downloaders. Developers know this and will never abide by it.

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Developers know this and will never abide by it.
Maybe this article is aimed more at the console market, but on the PC side, they do, and have to abide by it, in order to compete with the ease of downloading it illegally off torrents. They have their own stores, yet still put their games on steam and give Valve royalties, because that's the way the customer wants it. More and more customers are embracing digital downloads, and once the amount of people buying games physically decreases to a certain level, they are going to stop bothering with physical product, because it is no longer worth it to produce CDs and boxes in that small of a quantity.

The article is suggesting it is something the publishers won't allow, but the simple truth is, they will do whatever the customer rewards them best for.
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Hmm, I don't know. Seems like it's bringing in some point the PC vs consoles debate, as digital distribution is by far more dominant in the PC market than on consoles (I mean, what was the last estimate about Steam sales, 50% of the PC market?), while console are way behind this.

However, I believe it is the way of the future, like it or not, just like Netflix and similar offers are for movie renting.
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digital distribution IS the future. i hate having disks lying around and with the way the internet it going i could download all my games off steam once a month and still have room for other downloads. teheheh. but if steam say went for collectors editions I'd buy the digital copy and expect the toy in the mail simple as that.... "disks scratch, downloads cap!!"

i hated waiting in lines at the store just to get a game on release day . it was not cool, especially with all the smelly geeks standing in line (me haha).

Steam FTW!!!!!!

PS: i hate to admit it but i hated steam at first... but at the time i had crappy net, and now my net is faster i love it. i buy all of my games there.
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see, the difference is that pc gamers like games while console gamers like everything surrounding games
    
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see, the difference is that pc gamers like games while console gamers like everything surrounding games
Couldn't have said it better myself.
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His arguments are just him saying it won't work because I don't think it will work. His counter to Steam is that he tried it and it isn't good. Then there was one cheap shot at Americans.
Is this a serious gaming journalism website because this is one of the most unprofessional and ill researched article I've read in some time. It just seems like someone angry at a growing trend. He pretty much denies the success of digital distribution on the PC and shrugs off the other industries move to it by just lumping those consumers as suddenly so much different to the gaming audience.
Edited by KingGreasy - 2/10/11 at 8:14pm
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Steam made like a billion last year so if it is not the future I don't know what will be.
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see, the difference is that pc gamers like games while console gamers like everything surrounding games
Can I rep you twice?
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see, the difference is that pc gamers like games while console gamers like everything surrounding games
Not sure what you mean... Are you suggesting console gamers find more enjoyment in a little box that says collector's edition than the game itself?
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