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post #31 of 47
I can't read the article at work, but the jist of the quoted text is "Digital distribution won't work because companies make too much money off of limited editions".

1- The minority buys a limited edition copy
2- Sell the limited edition in addition to digital distro

A company that wouldn't like to pocket tons of sales without the cost of distribution and manufacturing would be foolish. The people that want the blinking helmets are going to buy them regardless of price or distribution methods.
    
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Originally Posted by Pings View Post
STEAM is dominating in PC sales. Netflix put Hollywood Video out of business, and Blockbuster just filed for bankruptcy. And, digital distribution is not the future? Its just a matter of time before consoles gets taken over by digital distribution.
Blockbuster went out of business because it sucked - not because of downloads. Bad locations, disgruntled staff with no knowledge, and though they had lots of copies of "blockbusters", those movies generally suck and they didn't carry many of the good movies.

Digital distribution...

Technically, I would agree, because of the convenience, and the ability to download and watch whenever, without having to wait. We have all of the tools needed to do this.

Practically, a few big problems stand in the way. For instance, the sad state of our "Internet", where the majority of people do not have access to proper, unthrottled, uncapped and uninspected download capabilities. The industry also does not trust proper, high reliability download protocols, like that based on torrent or torrent-like topologies. They so want to remain with the obsolete "streaming" protocols that can not provide proper, high quality content and shove DRM down everyones throat. Of course, DRM is a curse in itself because it is generally clumsy, and won't let users do things like burn a DVD so they can watch it on their TV - rather, forcing people to watch it on a computer, where the experience just isn't there. Sure, there is networking and HTPCs - but that stuff is more about people that are on OCN, rather than regular folk that are not technically savvy.

I just think that yes - we can entirely have digital distribution because we have all of the things that one needs to do it; but getting it here seems to be the big problem, with the lack of proper Fiber Optic networks that can run at high enough speeds, and the lack of trust in that the industry believes that everyone is a pirate, and that for some reason, they deserve a huge chunk of change for the vomit and tripe they crank out, all based on one of the same 12 plots they have used for the past century.

I think this applies to gaming as well - and downloads are more a PC thing, where it is possible; while it is not so much a console thing because of the limitations of most consoles, like the tiny hard drives that they might include that just can't do the job unless you just want one or two games.
post #33 of 47
Is it just me or can't you already get special/collector editions through steam, such as Digital Deluxe editions. You don't get a physical "toy" but the collectors editions through digital distribution would be digital "toy" as well, whether it is additional dlc for weapons, armor, cars, levels, maps, etc...

If consoles switched over to digital distibution, the toys could be avatar items, themes, backgrounds, and other cutom user experience type things to "show off" to your console buddies. There are plenty of people willing to buy the digital COD:26 The Lastest Battle if it came with extra goodies through digital distribution, plus the ability to pre-install and play at exactly midnight, versus driving to a store that is willing to open for midnight release would bring in even more buyers.

I have to say I disagree with most of what was said in the article. Looking at how things are trending, people would take digital toys if it just made your facebook cat have nightvision goggles or some dumb thing like that.
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Article fails to mention the digital copies of regular edition cost as much as retail at launch. For each physical copy sold publisher has to factor in retail, blank media, shelf space, shipping and packaging costs, which comes out of their bottom line. Digital distribution eliminates all these costs associated with the middleman and allows the publisher to pocket more profits by increasing the margin of their revenue.

Therefore, even though the skimming on collectors' edition will exist, the number of digital copies will prevail, defining them as a dominant trend in the future of gaming distribution, thusly making the title statement of the article false.
Edited by Heret|c - 2/11/11 at 7:05am
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Until there is some kinda internet standard like, unlimited broadband for all and available everywhere, Digital only is just a dream. Even then, many of us "ME ESPECIALLY" want physical copies and we love collecting. There are some titles i'd consider buying via Steam but the best internet I can get where I live is extremely bandwidth limited and expensive Satellite. So I wouldn't be purchasing new games if they are Digital only for that reason alone. I couldn't. For the time being, it would only alienate the consumers and it would negatively impact Dev's/Publishers
     
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The only way digital distribution will happen is if ISP's quit giving us the shaft and actually use some of the billions they rake in to upgrade their lines.
post #37 of 47
digital distribution is far more efficient, therefore, far more profitable. even if the digital version is ten percent less, and we all know that is hardly ever the case, the profit margin is dramatically larger.

there is one massive benefit from special boxed versions... real or artificial scarcity increases demand and hype.
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Article is terrible, Not in any way news. Just opinion of some guy who hates downloads.
    
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tldr;

However, I will say that digital distribution cannot be the only thing in the near future if ISPs continue to raise prices, lower bandwidth caps, and start charging per GB. I already had to downgrade my ISP to save money and can no longer stream NetFlix because of it. ISPs continue to fail miserably.
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I'd at least like to show his own counter-argument here:

http://www.thegamerbuzz.com/gaming-d...-is-the-future

This article was a "2 part" if you will. The first part was more the pros than the cons. But in both articles it is heavily centered around consoles. As far as PC... well we know its the future even if some of us (ME) love the physical copies of things.
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