Digital distribution SUCKS! Amirite?

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3 years ago#11
DD is so much better than retail. Servers going down? Maybe there are instances of this from the early ages of Digital Distribution. Moving forward, this is almost an impossibility with companies like Microsoft. You are far more likely to lose or scratch your game than see Microsoft go broke.

Steam is the same and they even said that if they go bankrupt, they will just release all the games that have been purchased for download, playable with their DRM service.

Not to mention it is almost impossible to lose something digitally. In the distant future, current generation games will be a small download.
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3 years ago#12
Digital distribution would rock if the consumer actually saved money from publishing and distribution costs. As it stands now, it's just a trade off for storage space if you want to give up rights to own and play the game as you choose. Retail games also seem to be discounted quicker; so, in my opinion, it's a bad deal for the consumer.
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3 years ago#13
Its wonderful and it will be coming weather you like it or not. Change often frightens people, but soon you will look back and think it silly that the only way you could play games was on a disc,
3 years ago#14
DesperateMonkey posted...
DD is so much better than retail. Servers going down? Maybe there are instances of this from the early ages of Digital Distribution. Moving forward, this is almost an impossibility with companies like Microsoft. You are far more likely to lose or scratch your game than see Microsoft go broke.
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But what if Nintendo(or Sony for that matter too) suddenly goes Bankrupt. And has to shut down all servers. What then will happen to those games you purchased as DDs?
That's one of the major questions I've been wondering about.
3 years ago#15
Chris386333 posted...
Its wonderful and it will be coming weather you like it or not. Change often frightens people, but soon you will look back and think it silly that the only way you could play games was on a disc,


Not necessarily. I don't look back at N64 cartridges and find them silly...

And what about the points raised in the article? 'Hard-drive top ups' for example. Storage costs are decreasing, but we'll probably end up using a more modern variety, and games will take up more and more space.
3 years ago#16
It is on Nintendo consoles, on other consoles it's great but it will never take over, physical media is just so much cheaper per GB.
3 years ago#17
Chocobo115 posted...
I don't like DD of retail games that much either. I keep wondering "What if they just pull the plug, what will happen to all those games?"
Althoo I think it's alright for those smaller downloadable titles since they'd be rather hard to sell as retail otherwise.


It already happens with Steam and Amazon DDs, they ban your account and everything that requires authentication goes poof.
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3 years ago#18
Honestly, Nintendo is opening the way for the newer systems to go all out DD.

This is why Nintendo made the claim almost all games (especially 1st party) will be downloadable. Not only that, but they are giving customers the premium package with deluxe where every download gives you 10% back in points.

Nintendo is basically getting your feet wet and ready for what's to come in the future.
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3 years ago#19
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3 years ago#20
I just don't see the bad outweighing the good. It's convenient, yes, and there's unlimited stock. I'd still rather stick with good ol' hard copies. At the very least I hope both can co-exist peacefully, but that's unlikely.
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