Do you prefer carts or CDs?

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#1 Posted by Dj-Dampleaf (730 posts) -

I prefer CDs/Dvds, they don't have loading issues as a replacement for being more fragile. At the same time they feel all so silky smooth and glow. Also the backdie have colorful lines when you hold them to the light.

Not only that, they look more professional.

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#2 Posted by Dudersaper (32951 posts) -
I love both, but yeah, I think I prefer CD/DVD's. I love cartridges if they're in the boxes, I hate loose cartridges :P
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#3 Posted by GreySeal9 (28247 posts) -

CDs.

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#4 Posted by Norman-Mckenzie (25 posts) -
Carts no moving part in the system makes it more durable
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#5 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (24599 posts) -
carts
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#6 Posted by rilpas (8161 posts) -
CDs, they're better at practically everything except loading times and if you're afraid of getting your disc ruined, you can always make legal backups (don't mod me gamespot, it's legal to make backups of games you own)
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#7 Posted by Dudersaper (32951 posts) -
[QUOTE="rilpas"]CDs, they're better at practically everything except loading times and if you're afraid of getting your disc ruined, you can always make legal backups (don't mod me gamespot, it's legal to make backups of games you own)

I did that to my .hack games and DQVIII so I could keep them in mint condition. I went through hell to get good deals on the .hack games, no way I'm gonna risc ruining them :P
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#8 Posted by Norman-Mckenzie (25 posts) -
cds use laser so the disc do not take damges unlike old-school vinyl.
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#9 Posted by Swanogt19 (24159 posts) -
Both; In a box.
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#10 Posted by bowserjr123 (2463 posts) -

CDs overall, but cartridges have practically zero loading time.

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#11 Posted by Masenkoe (4897 posts) -

Discs

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#12 Posted by tab134 (346 posts) -
CD's. they may have loading and they can scratch, but they gave developers more room to do stuff.
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#13 Posted by Plurpz (94 posts) -

I like CDs more, but cartridges do have a great nostaglia effect with me.

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#14 Posted by deactivated-57ad0e5285d73 (21398 posts) -
Carts. I also am a fan of systems with unique sound processors/synthesizers vs outsourced pre recorded audio. It's amazing what was done with the Genesis, Gameboy, and N64.
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#15 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -
Carts, no load times and they can with stand the test of time.
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#16 Posted by Shenmue_Jehuty (5211 posts) -

carts, but mostly for asthetic reasons.

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#17 Posted by NaturalDisplay (548 posts) -

CDs!! I love the original playstation cd drives where you had to actually pop in the disk!

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#18 Posted by Amster_G (4329 posts) -

CDs.

Good ol' PlayStation days.

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#19 Posted by Sali217 (1301 posts) -
Cds/Dvds for me, just a lot more convenient and easier to store the boxes and such.
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#20 Posted by Arach666 (23248 posts) -
Discs,but these days I rather have most of my games in a digital format.
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#21 Posted by penpusher (3573 posts) -

I prefer cartridges myself. They just appeal to me more.

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#22 Posted by Megavideogamer (6341 posts) -

I prefer Cartridges since they are mostly durable. My NES, SNES, Genesis/megadrive, N64 carts still work fine.

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#23 Posted by Devil-Itachi (4384 posts) -
I prefer carts as it increases the reliability of the games and system. Of course on the downside carts are more likely to give you trouble but at least trouble doesn't mean it likely don't work.
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#24 Posted by Darkman2007 (17928 posts) -

well , the heart says cartridges but the head says DVDs.

cartridges do have a nostalgic quality about them , and the near instant loading is good, but they do have severe limitations , so when all is said and done, DVDs are better.

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#25 Posted by Stinger78 (5843 posts) -
If storage space and content were the same a CART will have advantages over a CD or DVD. As that's not the case, I actually prefer whichever format the particular game might be stored on. In reality, digital versions of games are best as they are not prone to physical damage.
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#26 Posted by Dj-Dampleaf (730 posts) -
[QUOTE="Stinger78"]If storage space and content were the same a CART will have advantages over a CD or DVD. As that's not the case, I actually prefer whichever format the particular game might be stored on. In reality, digital versions of games are best as they are not prone to physical damage.

Actually no it wouldn't, a lot of people think that if someone wasted a whole ton of money on a 28 GB cart for a game the cart would have an advantage. That's really not true at all and the cost would be absurd. I agree with your second point, Digital games don't take that much damage, but if they do they are gone for ever and if something happens to your harddrive...
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#27 Posted by Dudersaper (32951 posts) -
Even if they don't have physical damage, it's lame to not have a physical copy, at least for collectors, that is. I hate games with only digital form, I feel as if I don't even own the game. I only pay for a physical copy. And DJ, I don't think the harddrive thing is a problem, like with Steam, I THINK (somebody that uses Steam will probably confirm) the games are associated with your account, so if anything happened to your harddrive, I think you can just re-install the game with no extra-charge.
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#28 Posted by Dj-Dampleaf (730 posts) -
[QUOTE="Dudersaper"]Even if they don't have physical damage, it's lame to not have a physical copy, at least for collectors, that is. I hate games with only digital form, I feel as if I don't even own the game. I only pay for a physical copy. And DJ, I don't think the harddrive thing is a problem, like with Steam, I THINK (somebody that uses Steam will probably confirm) the games are associated with your account, so if anything happened to your harddrive, I think you can just re-install the game with no extra-charge.

That only works with some things like Steam though, and Steam won;t last forever, unlike a Physical case. I still have my 2600 carts and they still work, my Playstation Cd's still work. But the games I downloaded off the Intelligent network service I will never play again since that service died in the 80's. Now, there's also the argument for getting a system with lost of internal memory, but if that breaks I can't buy another cna play them again since all the internal memory is erased with the broken machine.
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#29 Posted by Stinger78 (5843 posts) -
[QUOTE="Dj-Dampleaf"][QUOTE="Stinger78"]If storage space and content were the same a CART will have advantages over a CD or DVD. As that's not the case, I actually prefer whichever format the particular game might be stored on. In reality, digital versions of games are best as they are not prone to physical damage.

Actually no it wouldn't, a lot of people think that if someone wasted a whole ton of money on a 28 GB cart for a game the cart would have an advantage. That's really not true at all and the cost would be absurd. I agree with your second point, Digital games don't take that much damage, but if they do they are gone for ever and if something happens to your harddrive...

A cart-based system has little to no loading times, less moving parts, and the games are not as prone to scratches or cracking. CD-based systems have loading times that do get better with each generation but have not been eliminated - cd drives wear out faster than a cartridge slot, and cd's/dvd's easily get scratched. The only advantage a CD or DVD has is storage space - more storage means they're capable of having more content. While I prefer something physical, as long as I have access to a digital download of a game, I can rely on it working every time I want to run it.
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#30 Posted by rilpas (8161 posts) -

[QUOTE="Dj-Dampleaf"][QUOTE="Stinger78"]If storage space and content were the same a CART will have advantages over a CD or DVD. As that's not the case, I actually prefer whichever format the particular game might be stored on. In reality, digital versions of games are best as they are not prone to physical damage.Stinger78
Actually no it wouldn't, a lot of people think that if someone wasted a whole ton of money on a 28 GB cart for a game the cart would have an advantage. That's really not true at all and the cost would be absurd. I agree with your second point, Digital games don't take that much damage, but if they do they are gone for ever and if something happens to your harddrive...

A cart-based system has little to no loading times, less moving parts, and the games are not as prone to scratches or cracking. CD-based systems have loading times that do get better with each generation but have not been eliminated - cd drives wear out faster than a cartridge slot, and cd's/dvd's easily get scratched. The only advantage a CD or DVD has is storage space - more storage means they're capable of having more content. While I prefer something physical, as long as I have access to a digital download of a game, I can rely on it working every time I want to run it.

the thing is, storage space means a lot, more levels, more content, voice overs, music, more room for textures, etc. Also, cartridges are more expensive

can you imagine if the xbox 360 and PS3 were limited to say... 2GB cartridges? not a whole lot of space

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#31 Posted by Stinger78 (5843 posts) -

[QUOTE="Stinger78"][QUOTE="Dj-Dampleaf"] Actually no it wouldn't, a lot of people think that if someone wasted a whole ton of money on a 28 GB cart for a game the cart would have an advantage. That's really not true at all and the cost would be absurd. I agree with your second point, Digital games don't take that much damage, but if they do they are gone for ever and if something happens to your harddrive...rilpas

A cart-based system has little to no loading times, less moving parts, and the games are not as prone to scratches or cracking. CD-based systems have loading times that do get better with each generation but have not been eliminated - cd drives wear out faster than a cartridge slot, and cd's/dvd's easily get scratched. The only advantage a CD or DVD has is storage space - more storage means they're capable of having more content. While I prefer something physical, as long as I have access to a digital download of a game, I can rely on it working every time I want to run it.

the thing is, storage space means a lot, more levels, more content, voice overs, music, more room for textures, etc. Also, cartridges are more expensive

can you imagine if the xbox 360 and PS3 were limited to say... 2GB cartridges? not a whole lot of space

Kinda going back to my first point was that IF a cart had the same content as a CD or DVD - the cart would have several advantages, disregarding cost.
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#32 Posted by mariokart64fan (20531 posts) -

lol @ cds not having loading issues , they do have loading issues -longer load times, and when their scratched they fail to load period

a cartridge very seldem breaks and does not have many load times

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#33 Posted by slamminjammin69 (1599 posts) -

I prefer the cartridges for Nintendo games.

CDs they get messed up way too easily these days for videogames

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#34 Posted by Sali217 (1301 posts) -
I'm now convinced that people in this forum treat their CDs like crap.
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#35 Posted by Frieza99 (228 posts) -
Cds/DVDs are more convenient for me to store the games permanently.
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#36 Posted by slamminjammin69 (1599 posts) -

Videogames that are CD/DVD based they end up getting screwed up not only by previous owners but by the game companies themselves.

Sometimes you really end up with a dud game disc that doesn't even work at all so you just throw the game disc away then you have to go buy a replacement game cd disc of tha game and then hope that the replacement works also.

Like I said, game discs CDs/DVDs end up getting scratched up way too easily these days or they end up as dead duds.

I'll take my chances with a 15 year old Nintendo game cartridge that still works and in better shape than a game cd disc

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#37 Posted by logicalfrank (1686 posts) -

I prefer cartridges. Optical media scratches and optical drives break. Also, I like that every system has a different looking cartridge and its own unique character. Game disks look too much like non-game disks if you ask me.

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#38 Posted by hiddenkill (25 posts) -
Gotta go with carts, you can't blow the scratches off a CD.
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#39 Posted by doubutsuteki (3425 posts) -

I prefer discs of course - and flash-based memory. Cartridges (and floppies) are gone for good reasons. I don't really understand the reason for this question though - like there's a choice between getting an old cartridge-based game on a disc instead of a cartridge... Yeah, OK: You get like a Neo Geo CD game instead of the same game on a Neo Geo cart? In such particular cases I guess carts are better.

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#40 Posted by Dj-Dampleaf (730 posts) -
[QUOTE="Stinger78"][QUOTE="Dj-Dampleaf"][QUOTE="Stinger78"]If storage space and content were the same a CART will have advantages over a CD or DVD. As that's not the case, I actually prefer whichever format the particular game might be stored on. In reality, digital versions of games are best as they are not prone to physical damage.

Actually no it wouldn't, a lot of people think that if someone wasted a whole ton of money on a 28 GB cart for a game the cart would have an advantage. That's really not true at all and the cost would be absurd. I agree with your second point, Digital games don't take that much damage, but if they do they are gone for ever and if something happens to your harddrive...

A cart-based system has little to no loading times, less moving parts, and the games are not as prone to scratches or cracking. CD-based systems have loading times that do get better with each generation but have not been eliminated - cd drives wear out faster than a cartridge slot, and cd's/dvd's easily get scratched. The only advantage a CD or DVD has is storage space - more storage means they're capable of having more content. While I prefer something physical, as long as I have access to a digital download of a game, I can rely on it working every time I want to run it.

Cost a side it would have plenty of disadvantages. a 25GB rom has limitations. You can't expand textures. You can't expand data, this means limited locked content for say hidden levels or unlocks in games, or for this gen no DLC what so ever, and if they change the ROM to work with it, it would take forever to load the DLC in, and it would make the ROM highly vulnerable. Higher freeze rates since it takes a lot more power to have tons of events going on at the screen and loading up different areas filled with water and light effects and charging enemies with varying attacks on screen then it would a CD since a Cart is only loading from the ROM one way. and few other things.
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#41 Posted by deactivated-57ad0e5285d73 (21398 posts) -
But, which CARTS are the best?
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#42 Posted by WiiCubeM1 (4735 posts) -

Carts for the durability, lack of load screens, and internal memory.

I'm not one to say I don't care for graphical capabilities or amount of content a game can offer me, but carts were (and still are) the less hassling of the 2 for the consumer.