If THQ and EA could have their way all games would be Digital Downloads only.
But there are some real issues with Digital only that we all should be concerned about.
1. The price.
When I buy a full disc copy of a game I can understand the price point of R599-00. There are certain costs involved in getting that game onto a disc and onto a store shelf.
Manufacturing, packaging and transport. But when we download a game NONE of those costs are involved, thus the publisher is saving a ton of money. Now should some of that savings not be passed on to us – the consumer?
No… The price is going to stay the same as a store bought game – if not MORE. I find that very unfair.
The proof of this is already out there. One only has to look at the PSN Store to see the ridiculous prices new releases go for on Digital Download.
Example below – Prototype 2. R699-00 on PSN!!!!! Then look at the same game on disc from Takealot…
Something is wrong here. We are getting ****ed!
WTF!!! (pictures taken with a camera directly off my TV)
Disc copy = cheaper than download? What is wrong here?
Battlefield 3. Again – Disc copy R50-00 cheaper? Why?
And this price includes delivery straight to your hands + saves you ADSL download costs for those guys with caped ADSL accounts.
2. You cannot sell the game.
This is actually the main reason EA is pushing Digital only. So that they don’t lose out on new game sales. But little Johnny only gets R400 a month pocket money so he needs to be able to sell Mass Effect 2 so that he can have enough cash to get Mass Effect 3. Johnny selling his copy of Mass Effect 2 enables him to buy a new game – thus creating a new sale for EA.
What is Johnny going to do now that he will need to get an uncapped ADSL account and have to save 2 months to be able to buy Mass Effect 3?
Now what if a guy at a flea market tells Johnny that he can get his console chipped for him and then he only has to pay R 150-00 for the game and they will load it on his hard drive for him?
3. It’s not really your game.
That’s right. Read the fine print on the terms and conditions on Xbox Live. Any game you buy right now from Live Arcade is not really yours… MS reserves the right to pull any game from the Live Arcade library and should you have already downloaded it, you would not be able to do so again if something happens to your hard drive..
Case in point; When I first joined Live I bought Double Dragon from Live Arcade because that game has such cherished memories for me as a kid playing it at the corner café for hours after getting a handful of 20 cent coins for bringing in all the empty coke bottles that my dad would finish over a weekend with his brandy.
However MS has since decided to pull the game from Live Arcade. Should my hard drive die or my console get stolen, I can never download it again.
Bought it – Not mine. Can lose it any day and never get it back. Will MS give me my 400 points back? Nope… read the terms and conditions. “**** you, please address your complaints to the brick wall outside”
So, I am against Digital only. Look it probably wont happen soon. Its ok having the option, but again, having the option should be made appealing to gamers by offering them new releases for say R200 cheaper than the disc copy. Will the do that?
No. So why the **** should I download Prototype 2 for R160-00 more than the disc copy + ADSL data costs?