Do PC gamers miss going to the store to buy games?

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#101 Posted by toast_burner (24742 posts) -

Why would I miss walking all the way to town, looking through the isles for a game they may not even have and then paying the full RRP, when now I can get the game cheaper with absolutely no hassle?

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#102 Posted by Gue1 (12171 posts) -

@Cloud_imperium said:

I do but after remembering those scratches on CDs ... Yeah , I prefer digital download now . However , there should be option for box product as well because sometimes it is cool to have DVD of your most anticipated game . But the problem is games' size which is becoming bigger and bigger .

blurays don't get scratched unless you really try to scratch them with a fork or something.

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#103 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (22666 posts) -

@Gue1 said:

@Cloud_imperium said:

I do but after remembering those scratches on CDs ... Yeah , I prefer digital download now . However , there should be option for box product as well because sometimes it is cool to have DVD of your most anticipated game . But the problem is games' size which is becoming bigger and bigger .

blurays don't get scratched unless you really try to scratch them with a fork or something.

Perhaps he was referring to XBox 360 and PC DVDs. It would've been nice if PC developers used Blu Ray as the standard retail media format.

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#104 Posted by Roler42 (1067 posts) -

@aroxx_ab said:

@roler42 said:

@aroxx_ab: Kinda hard to leave anything behind when you re-sell your game the next day after beating it

Yeah sure, but with physical store games you at least had the option to do whatever you want with it...but other hand.. you couldnt trade in PC games anyway back in the days cuz piracy

You preety much prooved my point

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#105 Edited by foxhound_fox (96814 posts) -

@aroxx_ab said:

You cant own things that you cant touch with your hands, digital distribution feels just like a rental. I miss the old days when you had those big boxes and you actually got a big manual, map of the game world etc included and you didnt have to bind your cdkey to some online account service.

You don't own anything with a physical copy either. You just bought a license to use the software. The disc it comes on is merely their way of getting the software to you. At least with a DD service, you have the legal right to make an infinite number of digital and physical backups of the software, and aren't completely SOL if one of them gets damaged (getting a replacement copy of a physical game means buying it again).

I "own" the licenses to use the software. If I really want to make a physical copy to go on the shelf, they make DVDR's and high quality printers for inserts.

And there is no retail location that offers 75-90% sales on video games that are 6 months old (Steam Summer Sale during those 12 hour offers, even brand new games get cut down). You cannot argue with that in the slightest.

@jun_aka_pekto said:

Perhaps he was referring to XBox 360 and PC DVDs. It would've been nice if PC developers used Blu Ray as the standard retail media format.

Why? That would just increase the cost of manufacturing for those tiny percentage of copies they actually produce and sell on the retail market. You are installing the game anyways, no need for it to be on one disc.

And another great thing about DD is: you don't have to fumble with discs when you want to switch games.

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#106 Posted by Truth_Hurts_U (9703 posts) -

Yeah, I miss the good old days of actually owning your game. I remember big after X-mas sales... Digging in the piles of PC games pulling out all the ones I wanted for super low prices. I filled a whole shopping cart before.

Those were the days.

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#107 Posted by Kinthalis (5503 posts) -

No. Good riddance to all those dust collectors. Better for the environment too :)

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#108 Edited by sam890 (1108 posts) -

@uninspiredcup said:

It usually results in some asshole thinking he's my friend, touching my shoulder trying to have a bro chat.

Steam removes these virgins from my sight.

So console gamers get laid more than hermits ? How you do you consolites do it ?

I buy my favorite games from Gametop (ie Guild Wars 2 & Souls series)

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#109 Posted by speedfreak48t5p (12690 posts) -

What an obvious Anti-PC thread. TC is a jelly peasant confirmed.

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#110 Posted by achilles614 (5294 posts) -

@cainetao11 said:

@aroxx_ab said:

@cainetao11 said:

@aroxx_ab said:

@foxhound_fox said:

*opens Steam store page*

*sees game he's been wanting for a couple weeks is on sale for 75% off*

*buys and downloads without getting off the couch*

I really do laugh at people who don't see the convenience in digital distribution.

You cant own things that you cant touch with your hands, digital distribution feels just like a rental. I miss the old days when you had those big boxes and you actually got a big manual, map of the game world etc included and you didnt have to bind your cdkey to some online account service.

"The things you own, end up owning you"-Tyler Durden

"The precious is our master"-Gollum

Yeah, I'm not going to be wrapped up in physical possessions. Nothing is going with you in the end.

No but i leave something behind, not an empty bookshelf...

To each their own. I'd rather leave behind an example of being detached from materialism to my next generation.

Haha please STFU, detached from materialism while having gaming as a hobby.

Probably not as detached as you think ;)

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#111 Posted by donalbane (16383 posts) -

It was an odd transition at first, and I do miss having game manuals and finding great cheap deals, but the Steam sales more than make up for the old clearance prices, and the lack of physical discs has been tremendous. So I did at first, but after my first Steam sale, I have never looked back.

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#112 Posted by gameofthering (11115 posts) -

I don't miss it, but I would start buying physical copies, if they went back to the way they used to be packaged.

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#113 Edited by cainetao11 (32736 posts) -

@achilles614 said:

@cainetao11 said:

@aroxx_ab said:

@cainetao11 said:

@aroxx_ab said:

@foxhound_fox said:

*opens Steam store page*

*sees game he's been wanting for a couple weeks is on sale for 75% off*

*buys and downloads without getting off the couch*

I really do laugh at people who don't see the convenience in digital distribution.

You cant own things that you cant touch with your hands, digital distribution feels just like a rental. I miss the old days when you had those big boxes and you actually got a big manual, map of the game world etc included and you didnt have to bind your cdkey to some online account service.

"The things you own, end up owning you"-Tyler Durden

"The precious is our master"-Gollum

Yeah, I'm not going to be wrapped up in physical possessions. Nothing is going with you in the end.

No but i leave something behind, not an empty bookshelf...

To each their own. I'd rather leave behind an example of being detached from materialism to my next generation.

Haha please STFU, detached from materialism while having gaming as a hobby.

Probably not as detached as you think ;)

Who says I cant play games and not be possessed by physical things? Or is the only example one of Monk like discipline?

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#114 Posted by Heil68 (57859 posts) -

I don't, because the only PC games I buy are on Steam sales for under $10.

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#115 Posted by stizzal13 (609 posts) -

I prefer my games in digital format. However, I do buy the occasional 3DS game off Amazon.

I appreciate the art work and the feeling of owning something tangible, but I think it is good that we are moving away from that. In my opinion, there are few practical reasons to have physical copies of games. For the most part, they have no residual value, and it would probably not be worth my time trying to resale physical games. Plus, they create additional waste in the materials used (same with movies).

I know a lot of people argue that with digital copies you do not truly own the game, and if a company like Steam folds, then you may lose your right to play the game. But, in my opinion, that is not as big of an opportunity cost as it sounds. There are many games on my Steam list that I will probably play once, and most of my purchases are under $20. So, I feel like I received enough value from many of my games already. Anyways, those are just some random thoughts.

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#116 Posted by PurpleMan5000 (9284 posts) -

I went to Hastings to pick up the Diablo 3 expansion. It was a nice trip down memory lane. It felt like I was in the year 2000.

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#118 Edited by jsmoke03 (13696 posts) -

im a collector so i hate having to buy anything digital but if i have to, i will. i have like 30 digital games now

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#119 Posted by ShepardCommandr (4844 posts) -

i still do that

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#120 Posted by deactivated-59b71619573a1 (38222 posts) -

Hell no. I can buy it from Steam (usually cheaper) and have it download while I go take a shit.

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#121 Posted by YearoftheSnake5 (9116 posts) -

I'll get a physical copy of a console game if it's something I feel I may sell, can't get it online, or want a special edition version. For PC, I'll just download the game unless there's a special edition that comes with an art book or something. I don't miss the stores themselves. Or the boxes. Those just take up space.

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#122 Posted by pyro1245 (3284 posts) -

not even a little. I have to go there every now and then when a console game releases and it's a pain in the ass. It's 2014 no need to drive for data!

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#123 Edited by darkangel115 (4449 posts) -

@ps4hasnogames said:

Ofcoarse a bunch of blind hermits will say hell no, but I know deep down they loved going to the game store and buying an actual physical copy of a game. PC game boxes were cool with the all cardboard big boxes. I know technically they still exist but it's really dead.

Nope. I like the convenience.

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#124 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -

Well first, I can go to the store to buy my PC games, so I don't really understand your question.

Second, **** no I don't miss going to the store to buy my PC games. I get to set in my own home and order them off the net, which means no dealing with people (people suck), no wasting my gas (which means no wasting my money), and of course no wasting my time.

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#125 Posted by AmazonTreeBoa (16745 posts) -

@bldgirsh said:

@amazonangry You aren't trying hard enough.

That's funny because to me he is always trying too hard and failing hard in the process.

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#126 Edited by razu2444 (808 posts) -

Hermits get comfort in their $1000 video card...

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#127 Posted by MBirdy88 (12230 posts) -

@ps4hasnogames: Physical copy advantages are? that 00000.1% of time my internet is down? boxart? who the f*ck cares? waste of space... collects dust. just google image if you want to sadly stare at friggin concept art.

oh wait its you.... run out of good material that quickly?

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#128 Edited by MonsieurX (36892 posts) -

lol PS4hasnogames thread

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#129 Posted by PonchoTaco (3183 posts) -

@MonsieurX said:

lol PS4hashogames thread

Is that the type of games PS4 has?

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#130 Edited by MonsieurX (36892 posts) -

@PonchoTaco said:

@MonsieurX said:

lol PS4hashogames thread

Is that the type of games PS4 has?

Might explain why he always seems angry

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#131 Posted by cfisher2833 (2150 posts) -

@razu2444 said:

Hermits get comfort in their $1000 video card...

Actually mine was only $30 after I sold my old GPU and sent in the mail in rebate for my new one.

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#132 Posted by silversix_ (26347 posts) -

I bought my first game online this year. Always preferred a boxed copy but now im asking myself what is the point? On consoles you can re-sell the game so a box copy is a no brainer for me who doesn't like to collect walls of game. But on pc there's pretty much no point, especially since you're getting games much cheaper from day one.

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#134 Posted by Dire_Weasel (16681 posts) -

As a PC / Console / Portable gamer I'll just say hell no.

Especially GameStop. If I never have to deal with one of those "Register Biscuits" again it will be too soon.

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#135 Posted by wis3boi (32507 posts) -

@Motokid6 said:

Are people really calling eachother virgins on.. a gaming forum? Really?

the final death gasps of peasantry when they have nothing else to use in a discussion

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#136 Posted by lostrib (49999 posts) -

@UnbiasedPoster said:

You're talking to a faction called hermits for a reason. They'd rather download 40 gb games on a 56k connection instead of driving 2 minutes to Walmart.

Actually it makes more sense for me to just start the download while I'm at work, and then it's ready to go buy the time I'm home. Means I don't have to go out of my way/wait for a weekend to go shop or disrupt my schedule just to get a game

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#137 Posted by Vatusus (8139 posts) -

The only times I chose digital over physical are when there are some sweat ass deals. Otherwise I would ALWAYS buy physical

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#138 Posted by _tr (63 posts) -

Hmmmm.... no?

In my country more ten half of shop shelves in stores with games are for PC games. Ten years ago it was nearly 80-90%...

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#139 Posted by steamistrash (431 posts) -

@ps4hasnogames said:

Ofcoarse a bunch of blind hermits will say hell no, but I know deep down they loved going to the game store and buying an actual physical copy of a game. PC game boxes were cool with the all cardboard big boxes. I know technically they still exist but it's really dead.

i still buy pc games through retail

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#140 Posted by lundy86_4 (48661 posts) -

Would I rather drive 25 minutes to the closest game store, or buy and download directly from the comfort of my home.

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#141 Posted by thehig1 (6213 posts) -

@amazonangry: eh? Ps4 and x1 have no games, when go a game store there about 10 games of each console there at most.

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#142 Edited by -Karmum- (3776 posts) -

@ps4hasnogames said:

@uninspiredcup said:

It usually results in some asshole thinking he's my friend, touching my shoulder trying to have a bro chat.

Steam removes these virgins from my sight.

ew yea I hate virgins, like @lostrib who stalks my every move trying to be my friend. But having the actually physical copy, its nice to actually have it, the box art is cool, the disc is good to have so you can resell it or trade if you want.

Except for the part where a lot of PC games have some form of authentication or CD key, making reselling it a bit more difficult. Unless you're referring to how you can do that on consoles, but you weren't particularly clear with your statement.

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#143 Posted by lamprey263 (34512 posts) -

As a console gamer I miss going to the store to buy games, unless you get something right after it releases stores like GameStop are horrible for keeping new copies in stock. At best they just have gutted or used copies missing cases and it's only like $5 cheaper on a full price game at best. Instead I just order all my new stuff off of Amazon, besides it's usually cheaper than for new stuff on Amazon than the GameStop used price.