I hope they can coexist. I absolutely love Steam. Less clutter, fast downloads, auto-updates, and all the sales. But once in a while a game comes along that I'm totally hyped for, and nothing beats having it in my hands, like the Collectors Edition of Dragon Age or God of War 3, flipping through the manual, looking at the extra stuff, etc. I'd feel like these special games would lose a certain little thing that adds to their personal value for me if they were just download only.
But if download services are going to thrive internet speeds need to improve, and with all the net neutrality nonsense that seems in jeopardy right now. I don't mind setting up a 10GB download in Steam to run while I'm asleep, but I know some people will want something even more instant.
Just think of all those people who will be out of work that make the discs, and the packaging, then the distribution and the sales:P
Does that mean they will pay the game makers more? Ha yeah right:P
Someone needs to get this guy a Steam account. LIKE 25+ MILLION OTHER USERS ALREADY HAVE.
Wait... was that my outside voice? The point is, digital distribution will be the norm much sooner than he thinks. The PSPgo didn't suck for being download-only, it sucked because it's too damned tiny for the hands of anyone except the chinese children building it.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
Sony, like Microsoft, seems to think that market share equals ownership and they want to own how the world does it's gaming. So solly Sony!
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
He's right to some extend however, there's still a large market for downloadable games.ie:...do I have to say it? Steam!!!. Yeah, there will always be people who prefer hard copies of things (more in the console market) but from what I see downloadable games are becoming more popular.
With the rising internet speeds, I can't see how this is surprising. Eventually everybody will be able to download a game within a few minutes.
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Lately I have been using steam a lot. But it still takes a whole day to download a large game.
Also, i somewhat miss the satisfaction of opening a game case and flipping through the manual, :-(
I don't miss the price tho lol
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