Back when digital games were still full price, I still preferred them over having to install with a CD, sometimes even requiring a CD in the tray to play the game. I used to take some games I played enough and made a virtual drive with the .ISO, or just got a no cd key, like in Neverwinter Nights. Do not miss the disc format. Also I would have no room if I had all those games I now have in physical form.
You can buy a $500 console and a $500 computer and have two crap machines, or you can spend $1000 building your own computer and have the best of both worlds.
Benefit of digital games: awesome sales on Steam, GOG and GMG. Benefit of physical copies: less downloading, so less waiting to play your games.
Unless you buy them in a physical store, waiting for the game to ship defeats the wait of long downloads, though :<
I'm in the minority in that I like to have the disc whenever possible. I scour eBay and Amazon for deals on lots for older games I want to play. But I prefer those standard sized cases as with console games. Those bulky PC game cases are pointless without a big manual or several disks.
Big nope. I play like 8-10 games simultaneously and would probably be discouraged to do that if I needed the disc (no-cd cracks aside). If I'm traveling, I'm not gonna bring 8 discs with me. ---- that.
Last year, when I installed my new SSD, I disconnected my optical drive to re-arrange the wires, and forgot to reconnect it before closing up. I only noticed ~4 months later, and not even because I tried using it, but because I opened my case to dust it off and noticed a loose wire. So no...