This article is SOOO full of fail, faulty logic, incorrect statements, and I really think this guy is just talking out of his behind. I could list a million things but I'll start with this gem:
"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."
This guy has someone talked himself into believing that most gamers buy some imaginary super collectors edition that sells for at least $260. Because in able to be losing "hundreds of dollars" on a $60 digital download of a new release the in store price would have to be $260. Who the hell buys $260 games? Is there anywhere you can buy a $260 game?
Second of all there are multiple indie titles that have sold in the hundreds of thousands of units, off the top of my head I know Torchlight did.
OK, I will continue reading the article, I just had to comment as he has so much wrong in just the first couple paragraphs.
EDIT: Finished the article, he has it dead wrong. I believe we'll still see retail packaging but most sales will be digital. It won't be this gen of consoles but definitely the next generation will be designed for either digital downloads or even streaming games. Publishers like it b/c they retain more control over the game, it cuts down on piracy, and they get to cut the retailer out of the equation when it comes to splitting ticket price of a game. Whether you like it or not it is where this industry is headed.
Edited by Mygaffer - 2/11/11 at 12:10am