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Is there any point to having physical game releases anymore?

Nehezir

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So basically everyone, those who favor digital never have HDD failures, their answer is to never delete games off your HDD and if you do, it won't be an issue to continue to re-downloading it, a move that doesn't need to be done by someone who fucking owns the game physically as they are not just going to the store EVERYTIME they want to play the game again, well you sir need to download it once its deleted every time, but hey


Every negative thing on digital is "hardly an issue" and nothing ever effects you apparently.
downloading games is largely a non-issue, and while HDD failures do happen we don't regard them as something to build around, given their relative rarity.
Whether or not someone else doesn't have to can be the plus it is because it honestly just doesn't swing things all that hard anymore. Preservation of data is something I'm on board with, though.

I don't know what kind of disk drive issues console gamers have to deal with so maybe ps4/xbox drives were just unstable dogshit. Hell if I know.
 
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Resale value, deeper discounts, and more options to purchase games. Not to mention the ability to display your games and not having to worry about online stores closing.

Why would you want to “display your games”?
 
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I think being able to sell physical games and also lend them to people are the big pros. Sure they take up space but if you need more space you can sell some of the games and recoup some dough from it.

I also think the industry pushing all digital is a bit short sighted. I've bought so many games from word of mouth and borrowing a friend's copy it's not funny.
 
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I prefer physical but it’s getting hard for me to justify going that route nowadays
 

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downloading games is largely a non-issue, and while HDD failures do happen

Non-issue, but admits HDD failures happen...

I would say that sounds like an issue vs a "non-issue".

I don't know what kind of disk drive issues console gamers have to deal with so

? The fuck are you talking about lol THEY USE THE SAME DRIVES! That isn't a "console vs PC" idea. Its not like drives die on console, but never on PC, or PC drives die or console drives don't or anything stupid like that and I don't even get how you've come to some conclusion that the issues being talked about are only from perspective of console gamers lol

I've never stated even once anything in terms of PC vs Console. I own both.... I've had HDD failures on BOTH as BOTH have the same fucking drives.
 

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I remember being all pro physical at the start of gen 8. Then I ended up with 6 or 7 games on disk and everything else digital. :messenger_winking_tongue:
 

Nehezir

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Non-issue, but admits HDD failures happen...

I would say that sounds like an issue vs a "non-issue".
I regard things that happen in the realm of "once in a blue moon" as non-issues, yes. Because I don't have to worry too much about 100% solutions. I can back things up on the internet if I actually care. or keep multiple copies across multiple drives. I enjoy redundancies.


? The fuck are you talking about lol THEY USE THE SAME DRIVES! That isn't a "console vs PC" idea. Its not like drives die on console, but never on PC, or PC drives die or console drives don't or anything stupid like that and I don't even get how you've come to some conclusion that the issues being talked about are only from perspective of console gamers lol

I've never stated even once anything in terms of PC vs Console. I own both.... I've had HDD failures on BOTH as BOTH have the same fucking drives.
huh? I thought microsoft was still using proprietary drives last gen?
 

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Mechanical drives are junk, they dont last at all. You cannot trust anything with them. I just had 4 tb of movies destroyed.

I have still have my vanilla ice cd that i got in first grade.
 
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Physical games are so important. In my old fashioned mind I still consider stuff like Bugsnax or Thumper or ABZU as "PSN Games" and then the big hitters like Metal Gear Solid V and FF15 as "disc games". Yeah I know you can get them digitally too, but I've never bought a full price game digitally, and I've been playing since PS3. Huge file sizes, long downloads, way slower storage management, you can't even lend them to your friends, and 90% of the time it's more expensive. I literally don't get the push for digital, it just centralizes the ownership and selling of games onto one storefront, which is an awful idea if I've ever heard one lol
 

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Physical games are so important. In my old fashioned mind I still consider stuff like Bugsnax or Thumper or ABZU as "PSN Games" and then the big hitters like Metal Gear Solid V and FF15 as "disc games". Yeah I know you can get them digitally too, but I've never bought a full price game digitally, and I've been playing since PS3. Huge file sizes, long downloads, way slower storage management, you can't even lend them to your friends, and 90% of the time it's more expensive. I literally don't get the push for digital, it just centralizes the ownership and selling of games onto one storefront, which is an awful idea if I've ever heard one lol

its 100% corporate driven. Most of the shills here are probably company men. Or jealous mazda racers.
 

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I get the appeal for digital but physical is just superior to me for many reasons.

Actually except for the "physical storage space", which I don't necessarily consider like a con, physical is just superior in every way for me.
I hear the argument "but I can get the games immediately whenever I want" but for me it's kind of a con. It leads to many compulsive buy because of the "digital sale". I heard so many times "I bought 5-6 games on sale on the store". Most of them will never be played or if the game is bad "it's not a big deal because it was only 5-10€". This not something that should be encourage for me.
After it all come down to our personal gaming habit. When I play a game, I play it exclusively for several weeks (till I beat it basically) and I take time to make some research on my next game to be sure that I'll appreciate it so I am fine with waiting 1 or 2 days to receive my physical copy. I derail a bit but I find this trend to "not be able to wait" unhealthy (all the hype for the fast loading time on next gen, disturbed me on this point. I get the improvement but in the end it's just few seconds of gained...)

So in the end to each their own. But I like to take time to appreciate my game and get "attached" to them. It's my pleasure to watch my collection and look through it, choose a game, take the box, open it and place the disc on the console.
If I dislike a game or it's nothing memorable and for so didn't deserve a place in my collection, I can get some money back from it.
Also I like the social dimension of it by being able to lend/borrow games.
 
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Nehezir

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if I want to be social I'll just buy my friend the damn game and digital offers that option in our increasingly international world. I think at this point, I chill with more brits and dutch than fellow Americans.
 
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if I want to be social I'll just buy my friend the damn game and digital offers that option in our increasingly international world. I think at this point, I chill with more brits and dutch than fellow Americans.
fair enough, but most people don't have mainly international friends.
 

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if I want to be social I'll just buy my friend the damn game and digital offers that option in our increasingly international world. I think at this point, I chill with more brits and dutch than fellow Americans.

You got a point on that. I think digital should get more option like offer or resale.
 

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Games not being tied to my account is a huge fucking deal.

Honestly though, I just go where I can get the deals. I don't usually buy used games but usually easy to find deal either way. Though, just bought Tomb Raiser Chronicles Used for PS1 for a TR playthrough I want to, first used game I've bought in years but there's no reasonable new purchase due to age, and for some reason this one was the only PS1 TR game never listed on PSN in the US.
 

Nehezir

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fair enough, but most people don't have mainly international friends.
Spend enough time online and you'll get there eventually. Get even a handful of them(or hell, out of state friends too) and your life can shift towards it more and more.

I like to be generous with my friends. Gifting is fun, and I'm generally fine with one in return. Digital helps make this more and more accessible.
You got a point on that. I think digital should get more option like offer or resale.
I'm on board with you there.
 
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It would be great if we could deactivate the game from our library and resell it... But as long as we can't do that, Physical> digital anytime.
Resell it for bitcoins? I mean gaming companies are already greedy!

They would probably force you to be online all the time and choose how much your game is worth and shoving you whatever conditions they wanted...

wait a minute... I am having a deja vu
 
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The only plus to digital is no physical space requirement - that is literally it.
  • Convenience - Such a weak argument, as if it's worth giving up ownership of something because you cant click a few buttons to have it delivered or head to a store.
  • Disc drive failure - Console could fail and so can the storage
  • Discs can be stolen - So can your account if you fail to secure it properly
  • Cheaper - Yeah right, just wait until they have you roped into their games as a service model
People continue to accept a lower bar because they are lazy. Today's consumers have spoken loud and clear that half baked games, zero day patches and DLC are worth their money - you get what you deserve . Go on, keep believing in the cloud, digital service based subscriptions, or any other marketing slogan designed to eat your wallet rubes.