From: zepplinfan777 | #001 I dont have a credit card and i wanna get this game. So is it gonna eventualy gonna be released on CD? ---- I don't like this guy......... http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/user.php
Nope, I can almost guarentee it will never exist on CD. --- CM HAF 922 - EVGA 1GB GTX 460 - Phenom II x4 955 3.2 GHz - 2 x 2GBs DDR3 1333 MHz - Corsair VX 550 W. PSN/Steam ID: Spartangy
He's serious, and I believe he is correct. Though it has increased in popularity quite a bit, Minecraft will more than likely remain a somewhat obscure indie game with digital distribution either through Notch's own "company" or a larger retailer such as Steam. Perhaps you should get a debit card linked to a checking account if you do not want a credit card, as it should also suffice for game payment.
The thing is, Minecraft is a one-person indie game, all major publishers are the devil, and keeping it as a digital download keeps things simple.
As for why TC, this post sums it up pretty nicely. To get a game in CD format and distributed to retailers, you need a publisher. When a publisher takes over, well - a lot of times that's not really a good thing. For one, the publisher gets the license for your creative idea, and consequently gets tons of control over the development of your game - as it's now their money on the line they're using to pay you and fund the development. Along with extremely low development costs, one of the beauties of developing for PC is that you can distribute a game digitally by yourself for next to nothing and you don't have to deal with a publisher at all unlike with a console. Only games with relatively large budgets typically have a publisher - and they are the ones who put the game on cd format and distribute it to retailers for you.
It doesn't even take an hour to apply for a checking account at a bank. A lot of banks these days provide totally free checking, and you can also get a debit card for free - which you can use like a credit card. (But it's better since you're spending money you actually have, and without interest.) Unless you're like 12 or something, afaik you don't have to be a certain age to get a bank account, and I don't think this is something your parents would frown upon. If you're actually living on your own, then how the hell do you not have a debit/credit card? --- Best thing in life: Sex Second best thing in life: Pizza
1. Find someone you know who owns a credit/debit card. 2. Have them buy minecraft. 3. Reimburse them with cold, hard cash. 4. ??? 5. Sorry, no profit. You're breaking even here, chief. But at least you get Minecraft! --- Murphy's Law: If anything can go wrong, it will. O'Toole's Corollary to Murphy's Law: Murphy was an optimist.