Physical Games are still the future of gaming, people! Remember the good old days when you went to your local game store and bought a game. After you completed that game, you decided, “Hey, I want to get a new one.” So you traded that game in for a brand new game or at least $5 credit at your local GameStop. Well, those days are still heavily upon us, and I believe for a very long time. Yes, digital games are rapidly becoming the mainstream, especially with Steam and Xbox Game Pass present. However, not many developers and companies are shying away from the physical games market. Distribution for physical games are still high while having plenty of retailers still selling copies daily. So it doesn’t seem like it is going away soon. For the time being, there are still many benefits to owning physical games today.
Yes, it may be inconvenient at times, especially if you’re changing a disc out to play, and it could break or doesn’t play. However, don’t count out the power of the disc and the wonders it could have in your gaming library. The material is not scarce or lacking if you look at the Xbox or PlayStation department. Both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 will be supporting disk drives. So why are physical games still around? Well, the explanations are quite reasonable and straightforward.
Sharing Is Caring
Remember when Microsoft had its very controversial E3 back in 2013? Well, the Xbox One was meant to keep the momentum going after the Xbox 360 highly praised reception. Instead, it became a disaster with policies including always online and an audacious borrowing system while being $100 more than the PlayStation 4. It was such a disaster that Sony made a clip on how to borrow games on the PS4. So yeah, wasn’t Microsoft’s finest hour. However, that’s the thing that makes physical games so great—the ability to share games with your friends. You know, sharing is caring. Thus, you and your friends can both save money. Let’s face it, games are expensive, and it helps to have a friend you can trust in borrowing games. Digital doesn’t have this luxury, which is a good reason for why physical games are still around.
The Power Of Resale
This may not make a difference to many people who hoard their video games or value their game collection. You know, the ones who make awesome videos on YouTube about how they have every game imaginable. Anyone who is not like that or those who don’t care to own the outdated versions of sports games. The resale is still present. Not only that, but you have more options than you think. Yeah, it is easier to sell to GameStop for about $3 in store credit and a bag of chips, but there are more options. In this day and age, resale apps like Offer Up and Mercari are more prevalent today than before. Think of it as a virtual garage sale. You can easily get your money back or at least part of your money back.
This also works if you are looking to buy new games as well, with most games having a markdown of 15% of its retail value in stores. So yes, the versatility is there for you to make money back after you complete a game. If you buy digital, the likelihood of getting that game at a discount price is scarce. You may have to wait for a sale occur, but if it’s a newer game, you will be out of luck because usually, that doesn’t happen. Another downside to buying digital is the inability to return or trade a game once you buy it. If you find out you don’t like the game, you are stuck in the mud.
Why Are Games Different Than Music Or Movies?
The ’90s and 2000s were a different time back then. Not only the introduction of grunge music and baggy jeans, but rental stores like Blockbuster were the norm back then. You can rent a video game or movie to enjoy at your home, meaning you will have to get off your butt and drive over to the nearest location to check it out. The same goes for music. You could play CDs on your CD Player. Today, thanks to the power of the internet, smartphones, and streaming services, that is a thing of the past. It’s so much more convenient now to buy songs on the Apple Store or streaming movies on Netflix. So why aren’t games the same way? Well, video games lack the versatility of those other media.
What sets apart music and movies from video games is accessibility. The primary method of streaming music is through your phone; it’s the number one source for music apps like Spotify and Tidal. Listening to music is one click away. The same goes for movies; there is no need to download movies when you can stream them easily from your TV or phone. Now video games are different because if you decide to buy a game digitally, you still have to download it onto your hard drive.
However, there are breakthroughs in game streaming, but Google Stadia is not replacing an Xbox or PlayStation anytime soon, and Microsoft’s xCloud, despite unique, is still relatively new. Besides, gaming is much more comfortable played on a TV at home. Also, consider that a phone can rely on the support of LTE or 5G services to still stream movies or music without the need for WiFi.
So Are Physical Games Still The Future Of Gaming?
I wouldn’t say it is the future of gaming because it never really left. Physical games are still prominent in the gaming industry. Nothing to take away from digital games, but if I am trying to decide between the physical or digital next-gen, I am shelling out $100-200 extra for the physical edition because there are many physical game advantages. Besides, you get the best of both worlds with physical and digital games going this route. So why limit yourself? Let’s face it: not everyone will have the luxury of WiFi at their house or crisp high-speed internet.
Also, digital games are at risk of being lost for good if the platform decides to shut down operations. With physical games, you have control over what happens in the future, not the corporation. So you can hold on to those precious PS3 games for the foreseeable future, especially if backwards compatibility is not available in next-gen consoles. Physical games are always here to be played and enjoyed. The ability to share with your friends, multiple resale methods, and physical games’ accessibility are why they will still be around for many years to come.
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