Blog Banter [#6] |?|Distribution Dilemma|?|
Welcome to another installment of Blog Banter, involving Hawty McBloggy‘s community responding to a topic – this month’s being:
Digital distribution of games vs. buying physical boxes and discs, which do you prefer and why?
I was attending a Halo 3 launch party in September, waiting anxiously for the clock to strike midnight. But at the same time, I was enjoying my time surrounded by gamers at my local Gamestop. What were we all waiting for? The Halo 3 disc of course.
How could we do that for a digital download? All of the fun in waiting for a video game would be gone. There would be no pretty box cover to look at while awaiting to open the disc, no instruction manual to look at…no special exclusive editions.
If all games were to be digitally distributed, we would miss out on all these things. But what if the disc were to be scratched, or if you were to misplace it, or even have your disc stolen? That’s when the digital copy would be preferred, as it would be safely stored in your hard drive.
But then you could not share the disc with a friend – instead you would have to bring over a memory card or hard drive and install it into their console.
There are pros and cons to both distributional means, and you have to decide for yourself what you would rather prefer. Spending $10 dollars on an arcade game through Xbox Live Marketplace is not too bad, but what if Microsoft started selling games for $50 on Marketplace?
Would people still buy the game? I can’t justify it – because I would not be able to sell the game, or trade it in for credit once I downloaded it. Plus, not everyone has access to internet to download digital games – therefore discs will be around for quite awhile.
For those that do have internet, perhaps if the companies allowed us to “trade in” a downloaded game for credit, it might be worth it, but for now, buying game discs is what I prefer and my bookshelf looks great because of it. : )
Check out these other Blog Banter articles! Living Epic, Silvercublogger, Mahogany Finish, Video Game Sandwich, thoughts and rants, weblog.probablynot.com, XboxOZ360, Zath!, Delayed Responsibility, Gamer Unit, Hawty McBloggy