I still buy physical PC games because I'm impatient as fuck
I buy physical games all the time, Steam's a ripoff when stuff isn't on sale.
I hope to see more platforms like origin, (or even better - simple download services which don't even need a client) because otherwise Valve can run a shitty monopoly.
Has everyone really forgotten Valve is trying to incorporate Steam into the PS3? I really think even Sony sees the possibilities of a digital store.
I still buy a few retail games, just because i like having the boxes.
I wonder if I can stock up on some relatively old games before they acquire an antique value.
I still buy retail copies whenever I can.
If I'm going to be dropping $60 on a game, I actually want something tangible for my money.
I like having a box because it shows that I bought this game on my book shelve
but then again, 10 years from now, we will have 1Gbit/s Internet
I remember when we could buy games In dollar, now we pay in euro and it's even more expensive than dollar. Buying a newly released game on steam is pretty costly like 60 euro, its insane. You can buy the same damn thing in a shop for around 40 euro.
Last physical copy I bought was CoD 4, wow.
If I buy a physical game, I just activate the CD-key and download it, I can't remember when I've last used my DVD drive.
And I can count the games that I've bought retail for PC in the past 10 years on my hands.
Diablo 2 + LOD
The only reason that I rarely buy from retailers is because of Steam's great service. I'd prefer to have boxed copies, but great deals are rare.
Honestly, I think they're right.
Consoles have started pushing their downloadable content already, with Playstation store and the microsoft store. We're about to enter another gaming generation that we know very little of. By then, they may start distributing half of the games available in stores through digital means, or at least have them available. Then wait about 7-8 years. Technology will be VERY different to what it is now. We may have fiber leading into every house in some countries. We may have made a breakthrough that allows many terabytes of data to be stored easily in a small space for a low price. Then the console generation refreshes and it has capacity for all of that and more. Buying a retail console game in ten years will be like what buying a retail PC game is now.
My last retail game was Portal 2 for the PS3.
Because it came with a free Steam copy.
And I guess cheap ass used games
How is this news.
And then I still had shitty internet and it takes hours to download a game. It's actually faster for me to go to Walmart or whatever other shop and pick up a game than it is for me to download so whats the point?
Kind of a shame as i like going into them with my friends and scavanging for a good deal.
Last retail PC game I bought was San Andreas.
I never like getting physical games for PC ever unless they mean something to me. UT99, Fallout (All of them), Half-Life (All of them), and only a very few others are the ones I would physically want.
they've said this about the music industry for 10 years
For me, the opposite is occurring: I'm buying MORE physical copies.
When i was a kid i hated losing or misplacing a cartridge, this only got worse when cd's became the format of choice. I would place them down and lose them, only to find them somewhere like under my chair scratched to an unplayable and irreversible state. Then i got steam and fell in love. Suddenly everything i wanted is right there on my computer and i could buy more and more without losing a single disk. But as time went on, i grew nostalgic of having the game cases lying around, the game manuals to thumb through when bored, the posters and neat little things that used to be packaged with the game. I regret trading in games in my childhood, and i regret not being able to see my glorious collection and testament to my nonexistant life. What i missed the most though was when you JUST bought the game and cracked open the case for the first time and THAT SMELL, you know that smell i'm talking about, that orgasmic sensory overloading scent of a fresh and brand new game book and disk. My god, i swear i used to huff the damn book, and rim the outer edge of the disk with my nose before popping the game in to play.
I'm making amends. If a new game comes out that i REALLY want, i buy it physically (and if applicable the collectors edition just because i have some money around). If it's a game that seems neat or i kind of want, i still gladly buy it on steam for cheap. Steam sales still nab me too and my game list is ever growing. I think it's impossible for retail discs to disappear as it'd just be dumb. This is like saying landline phones will disappear since cell phones gained popularity, or that physical mail will suddenly cease to exist thanks to email. It just won't happen, the format will just lose dominance but not simply stop being sold.