I'm 41 years old this Sunday, so I have been gaming basically my whole life (since a kid playing ColecoVision to today playing PS5/Series X) and I am quite content owning content.Well I don't understand this whole obsession with "owning" consumable stuff, especially if it's all there. I never owned a single TV channel and yet somehow I'm watching it daily for decades now, I never owned a single YT video, yet I am browsing the service daily since ever it launched, I don't own a single IG picture, and yet I'm browsing it on a daily basis, I don't own Imax abd yet I am able to watch movies there, I joined Netflix just last year, and all the content that launched before I joined is there, same deal with Spotify, GamePass, and so on.
It's all simply way more convenient, versatile, portable, and in worst case scenario costs the same as physical distribution, but usually much, much less, meaning tgat for the same price you're getting much more. Like really, you want me to print pictures from Instagram with all the memes, cars, motivation quotes, hot chick, fitness tips etc. just so I can physically own them? For what? So I can come back to them years later? For what?
And really, people live with Steam for over a decade and no one complaints, quite the opposite, it's only the console crowd who cries about owning games, only to defend 70€ price tag a minute later, well no wonder you guys are so attached to those plastic 2$ uray discs when you spend that much on them.
But the bottomline is, as you grow up you learn that time flies like a motherfucker, and you just enjoy the moments while they last, and leave the past where it's place is, in the past, not on you shelf closed in a plastic box.
Silly of you to talk Instagram photo's and youtube videos. Who the fuck wants to own youtube videos? It's a free service! You watch if you want and don't watch if you don't feel the need. Same as free to air tv.
I'm talking physical media for tv/movies/games and even music. You may not like owning "plastic boxes" but some of us do. Some of us like the fact if we aren't interested in owning these items down the track we can sell them, but they are always ours to own.
Convenience isn't an excuse to not own anything you purchase. Keep throwing your money to subscription services for them one day to disappear and all that wasted money is for nothing. Today my wife feels like watching That 70's Show (for some reason). Please tell me where she can watch it on a streaming service??? Would you like to jump onto COD on Series X with me later via game pass? We can play online together...
This is not to have a go at you, I'm just really not into giving all my money to these companies to dictate what we can watch/play/listen to (how many fucking songs are NOT on Spotify due to fucking reasons) whenever they feel like it. I would much rather purchase my games physically or even via PSN than pay for a subscription service. Just my personal preference. Keep subscription alongside physical media/online digital purchases and I am happy with that.