Phyical media's big advantage is mostly it's sharability at this point. If I want to lend it to a friend, sell it, trade it, whatever I can.
True. Just using Apple IPhone as an example (I know there are no physical games but talking about buying digital games). I have spent so much money on games on older phones and often when I went to download them on a newer phone they say it isn't compatible with the new version of IOS and deveoper hasn't updated the game. So basically I am shit out of luck. Physical games you at least have the base game (except for online and MP games). MOST games are on the disc. But yes, developers and publishers are getting lazy and releasing huge patches.
Resale value, deeper discounts, and more options to purchase games. Not to mention the ability to display your games and not having to worry about online stores closing.
Here in America there’s a store called Game Stop where if you buy the game used, you have 7 days to return it for full refund. You can basically use it as a rental service and if you can beat the game in 7 days then bonus.I bought Deathloop at launch for £42.49 on disc.
I completed it.
I sold it today for £42.
Enough said about why I prefer physical media over digital.
Only when starting the game for like 3 seconds for the console to verify the discmore noise
Since the game is fully installed on the SSD - nopeslower load times
Okay, I give you that onethe annoyance of changing the disc...
the annoyance of changing the disc...
That's a console exclusive problemWhen I look at things like 5 year old games still being sold on the digital stores at full retail price and I see them for a few dollars with physical, I don’t know people can ridicule physical and praise digital. But, but, but, but, but it’s convenient!!!!
I still buy many games as physical copies, but i've grown wise to the massive pitfalls of it. "Physical forever!" people are fooling themselves.
Now, nothing beats having a library of games on a shelf that you can point to and say "this is my games collection". It's an irreplaceable feeling of ownership and quite nostalgic to browse the spines of all my game cases. It makes me want to pick something, take the disc out and play it, much more than clicking an icon in a digital library ever will.
There are also obvious advantages like being able to sell crap you no longer want. You aren't sidled with a physical game like you are digitally. And I guess you can lend games to people (but who the fuck really wants to do that - every single time i've gotten them back, it's 6 months late and scratched to fuck).
But the big negatives of physical are that in the event of a home disaster, you're collection can literally go up in smoke. I bought a shitload of Limited Run Games releases on Switch, yet I don't dare let them leave the house in case I lose half my collection in a single robbery. It ends up defeating the whole point of the Switch's portability. Whereas if a digital player were robbed, they could just get a new Switch and re-download their entire library in the same afternoon, at no extra cost.
I also have a disdain for these companies like Limited Run Games and the marketplace health in general. Outside of the special editions, LRG releases are painfully barebones for the money. Imagine paying inflated AAA prices for an indie game that goes for $10 on the eShop. Don't forget to also add on the extortionate shipping costs and a 9 month delay. Then you get the game and it's just a basic bitch plastic case with no manual and questionable cover art. I stopped supporting 'limited run' shit years ago when I realised what a waste it was.
The retro game market is also in a bubble right now, so older physical games are going for 2-3x the amount they went for just 5 years ago. I'd like to collect a few classics, but it's getting prohibitively expensive. Throw in disc aging issues and i'm being pushed into digital more and more. Why pay $175 for a copy of Symphony of the Night which will succumb to disc rot in a few years, when for the same price you can just get an SD card, an XStation ODE mod and throw the entire library of PS1 ROMs on it?
That's the convenience of digital too. The Xbox's quick resume feature was brought up in another thread, letting you switch between multiple games seamlessly in just a couple of seconds. You really only get the full benefit of that innovation with an all digital library, because otherwise you still have to get up and swap the disc. Not exactly 'quick' any more.
Digital is no safer than physical, a power surge can just as easily wipe out your entire games collection if the HD gets fried. Peoples accounts can be compromised & then you have to battle with customer support in hopes that they will restore your purchases to a new console if you for example got robbed of your switch chances are they'd only get a few carts with it, if you went all digital they have your whole collection & also your system so you are gonna have a fun time trying to convince nintendo it's your machine unless you remembered that serial number off the console. There have been threads on here in the past where people got fucked over by customer support because they got their PSN/Xbox/Nintendo accounts hacked & they ended up losing their accounts because they fucked up in proving ownership or remembering the details they set it up with. I'll take my chances with physical as i have robust house insurance if the worst ever happened.
What was wrong? Or can you not explain because you have nothing to counter, hence the use of a cheap, lazy meme?
if I were to lose all my physical items? I have it insured, I can get it back with little issue.
I don't think thats really the case anymore on most platforms, right? The games are installed to the HDD/SSD anyway. They aren't actually running off the disk.One reason physical is good is I don't have to worry about deleting games to make room for other games. I'd do physical on PC if it were still an option.