downloading games is largely a non-issue, and while HDD failures do happen we don't regard them as something to build around, given their relative rarity.So basically everyone, those who favor digital never have HDD failures, their answer is to never delete games off your HDD and if you do, it won't be an issue to continue to re-downloading it, a move that doesn't need to be done by someone who fucking owns the game physically as they are not just going to the store EVERYTIME they want to play the game again, well you sir need to download it once its deleted every time, but hey
Every negative thing on digital is "hardly an issue" and nothing ever effects you apparently.
Whether or not someone else doesn't have to can be the plus it is because it honestly just doesn't swing things all that hard anymore. Preservation of data is something I'm on board with, though.
I don't know what kind of disk drive issues console gamers have to deal with so maybe ps4/xbox drives were just unstable dogshit. Hell if I know.