Will Your Digital Spending Increase In The Next Generation?
Like it or not, the industry is in a transitional period. Traditional physical media is being supplanted by digital media.
Digital sales are rising fast while sales of boxed products aren't doing so well, and all analysts and industry insiders are predicting the same thing. This is why every game for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita will be available digitally, but not all titles will be sold in physical form. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, the days of actual, tangible game collections are going bye-bye.
The youngsters that are coming up behind us are just fine with that. They're growing up in a world where little to no value is placed on the physical, and they want everything to be digitally available. So they're already on board. But what about the older gamers out there who have been collectors their whole lives? And I'm not only referring to the crazy hardcore (like the dude who owns the collection in that pic). I'm just talking about people like me, who enjoy having a decent-sized collection of select titles, and simply aren't that keen on having a "collection" that's symbolized by files on a screen.
Do you see yourself spending more on digital offerings in the new generation? They're more convenient, right? And what if a lot of those games are cheaper than their physical counterparts? I think one of the things that's still holding digital back is that most times, digital versions aren't any cheaper than the boxed product. That makes zero sense to me, by the way. But do you see your digital spending increasing, simply because that's the way the industry is headed? Or will you continue your staunch effort to purchase, you know, actual things that are part of an actual collection? Yeah, I'm a tad bitter.
4/18/2013 11:12:36 PM Ben Dutka