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post #11 of 47
I wish he would stop typing "addition" versus "edition."
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meh, baseless assumptions from only a handful of personal experiences. not everyone is going to line up at midnight to buy a $120 "i got nothing better to spend my money on" edition of the games he mentions. its senseless to buy those edition of the games anyhow.
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post #13 of 47
Yeah whatever GamerBuzz, Steam sales are too good. Steam: How to sell people games they didn't really want but couldn't pass up.
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post #14 of 47
Digital distribution is cool, but I prefer my games hard boxed. Unless there's a sale on steam, then I can't argue with that.
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Originally Posted by djk11 View Post
Yeah whatever GamerBuzz, Steam sales are too good. Steam: How to sell people games they didn't really want but couldn't pass up.
this is so damn true
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Meh, was expecting some "net neutrality" debacle, with caps, and metering internet usage, and how prices will skyrocket eventually like oil, especially when gov'ts get their grasp on it tight enough. All I got was, "Dude! We like the boxes, and collectibles, but my connection cuts out sometimes it sucks!"
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post #17 of 47
the article was basically arguing how it won't be digital for consoles. there was 1 paragraph in there about pc digital sales.

and he has 1 sentence in there to refute the steam business model.

try again.
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post #18 of 47
Not even close to the truth.


Activision probably sold 1000 times as many standard editions as collectors editions.


And then there is the cost of those extras. The stupid little RC car and night vision goggles weren't free you know.

Add in the cost of packaging, shipping, the cost of the disc itself, quality assurance on the discs, dealing with places like Gamestop and Best Buy to make sure they actually get the game on launch day.... it just keeps piling up.


Or you could just sell the game on Steam. You get free DRM that people actually like and it literally costs nothing. You could sell 100 copies and still make a profit, whereas with boxed copies if you manufacture 100000 copies and only sell 500 you're out for the cost of those other 99500 copies.


The only thing that can save brick and mortar stores are Canadian ISPs.
    
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post #19 of 47
I like how he has no sources for the few selected statistics that he brought up.

He's just making assumptions, that's all. And of course Digital Distribution is the future. Just because the majority of people will buy their games online doesn't mean that some people won't buy physical copies. And that's basically his entire argument: That there won't ever be an "all-digital future in gaming". Of course it won't be, people still buy physical copies of movies although its usually cheaper to watch them online (Netflix etc). It'll be the same for games.
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post #20 of 47
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
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