Digital games or physical copy?

Carbon

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What do you prefer? Do you prefer to buy games digitally on the online store or do you prefer having the physical copy and why?

I prefer to buy a digital copy of the game as I do not need to worry about losing it, lending it, scratching or worse, breaking it.
 

Nova

Member
I think if more and more people tend to make use of the modern PCs and the devices. I don't think there would be any physical copies of the game in near future. Most likely people would be spending the money on stadia. And also other similar devices where they get to play on subscription basis.
 
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Well, when I got my Switch, I got my first digital game. The Switch I got came with a digital copy of Super Mario Odyssey. I won't have to worry about loosing the game. Especially if I take the Switch somewhere.

I think Nova has a point. They'll go to all digital on games or you'll just get a subscription only.
 
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Jerlene

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If you had asked me this a month or two ago, I would have said physical with no hesitation. But as I'm becoming more organized and putting all of my paperwork on my computer(scanning them, takes FOREVER), I think I would much rather have a digital copy. I think I'd eventually end up uploading the game to my computer anyway. But I'll take either one. Physical copies are nice to have but digital copies are just easier to keep in tact. I may lose my login but I'll never scratch it.
 
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Jayson

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Well, one large reason for digital is kids. Kids are horrible with games usually. Now, I'm mostly speaking of younger kids - but some older one too. Well, even some teens and adults are!

O.K., how do you all treat games? Do you protect them enough to "not need digital"? What is your policy about kids? I mean, kids love games - I hate to ban it from them!

Now, myself, I'm not really into gaming enough - to want digital - and I'm not around kids enough lately to justify it either. However, I do make digital downloads sometimes - like with Poser, the 3D art program, I messed with recently.
 

Nova

Member
I think we are in time where the digital games are going to be a history. And not a lot can be said about the digital games in such context because they are now part of the norm. So one has to see the physical gaming as less chance of future.
 

Ash

Member
Digital is so much more convenient but I just love to have a physical box and disc for the game that I'm getting. Plus, it allows me to return it if I don't like the game.
 

Gopnik

Member
I prefer to get digital copies of video games. It's usually cheaper to do so as there are a lot of sales going on - like the Steam Summer sale right now on Steam. Also, if you buy the game but don't like it you can refund it but only if you meet certain requirements (less than 2 hours playtime). You don't need to worry about losing, breaking or scratching the game as it's a digital copy and it doesn't take space in your house neither.
 

Nova

Member
I think physical copies are on their way out from what I have seen so far. I think digital games are not something you can consider long term either, as cloud may beat those digital downloads too.
 

marteebe

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When it comes to computer games, I'm always swinging the bat for digital only copies becase why not? I've got a ton of hard-drive space so I might as well use it. When it comes to my consoles however, I love the feeling of a physical game, probably because I've grown up playing on consoles and that so it's just a nostalgia thing. I do think in the near future though we'll be going all-discless just because that seems to be the way the world is moving nowadays.
 
I generally prefer having a physical copy of games, as installing and reinstalling digital copies of games, where I live, can be rather lengthy, as I don't have the best internet connection to install games that require quite a bit of space to install. Though, with the current setup for more modern computers, it is easier to get the physical copes setup to run as a digital copy that you just have to save onto a flash drive or a hard drive that you can sue later if you need to ever reinstall it for whatever reason.
 

hardy

Member
I'd prefer digitally because I have a family I have to share games with lol
Depending on the console I could re-download the game on the same account on a different console. (Nintendo Switch)
 

Barida

Member
Digital for me makes everything easier for me and that is one of the ways to save cost. I have had issues of purchasing physical copies in the past that didn't play well and that was really an unhappy experience.
 

Nova

Member
Ownership of the games is a big thing. Though digital has helped with downloads and quicker access. But the ownership of the content is still a big issue in that context. I'd say people should own completely what they buy.