So, What Do You Think About Digital Distribution Now?
There's no crying in baseball. There should be no crying in gaming, albeit for entirely different reasons.
Analysts have predicted that the video game industry - as well as movies, music, etc. - will eventually go all digital at some point in the future; i.e., no more physical media like discs. Of course, this is probably a ways off but we've already seen the massive strides taken in this direction; we've seen full (and very large) titles hit the digital world (inFamous, Mass Effect 2, Burnout Paradise, etc.) and it's not entirely inconceivable that digital will rule our hobby within the next decade or so. The benefits are clear but with the recent PSN crisis, what do you think now, all-digital supporters?
If our industry was entirely digital right now and all games had to be bought through the Network, nobody would be allowed to buy anything. And imagine what that would mean for Sony. Yeah, total disaster. Those of us who actually have game collections and multiple systems and haven't yet succumbed to the all multiplayer, all the time temptation...well, we're surviving somehow. Thing is, something "physical" exists in the physical plane; it's right here in front of us. Pulling a plug or the pathetic I-have-to-compensate-for-something hacking criminal just doesn't matter. So if the direction really is all-digital, isn't anyone the slightest bit concerned?
I guess the bottom line is this: I can't see the logic in placing all our eggs in one basket; in having our entire hobby hinge on an Internet connection. Far too much is out of our control, damnit.
4/24/2011 9:25:04 PM Ben Dutka