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Does anyone else here hate it when you can only download a game to purchase it? There is a game out right now that I really want to play, but I can't go into the store and buy it since it's only available to download through the Playstation store. I have shitty internet, especially on my PS3 and the download has already failed twice. I think it's shit that whoever is in control of this doesn't take into consideration that some people just can't download large-size games through their consoles.

Do you prefer to buy or download your games?
 

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Haha. It will only get worse. All games require the internet these days. Even if it is only to register it. Plus more and more games are becoming dl only as it saves the companies massive amounts of money in making copies and shipping. It is shit I know but it is the way of the world these days unfortunatly.
 

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Certainly to buy. It just feel safer that you got to discs stored. I bought and downloaded Dragon Age: Awakening once online and for some reason I lost it due to problems with the site I believe, so I bought it again but then I found out that they did sell actual copies in the store, but when it was first released it wasn't. So that just shows you that it's not reliable to buy games online.
 
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GAH, this is driving me insane. This download has failed 4 times now. It hasn't gotten past 30% all times. I paid $30 for this game which will probably end up going to waste because I can't download large files.
 

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Sadly its not just companies trying to save money, the fact that most highstreet shops now don't even bother stocking PC games (at least in the UK). If they do its generally only the latest big releases. Sadly onilne has become the way of the geek shopper for many, forced onto the likes of Amazon and such already by the fact that most geeky hobbies tend to be more specialist and the loss of one shop normally means you just lost the only one in the county.

I dislike everything being forced online, but I've come to accept it, even if I have to whine and complain and get some games on disk still (20GB games are just not possible with a 40GB cap per month - I mean I could get the game but then I'd have to avoid the net like mad!).


The only thing I do put my foot down and don't purchase is any game which has a significant singleplayer component which requires all the time internet connection. One time dial home on install is fine - but thereafter I should be able to run the game without ever having to have the net function. That is, of course, excepting MMO style games where the game itself is online - but anything else and it must be playable offline or I simply don't buy it. (which is why I greatly dislike Ubisoft although they are relenting on their mad DRM these days).

I've also skipped out the latest revelations in console games and still cant' get my head around them needing harddrives - let along the idea that games for them come through the internet ;)
 

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I prefer a physical disk. I hate the idea of the stuff I want to play existing somewhere out there in some nebulous digital ether. Forget that! If I pay for it, I want to physically OWN the damn thing.
 

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Sadly we're in the digital era, so expect more of this crap... I fear there won't be shops any more in the future. Just see how many people buy of Amazon etc...
What are they actually going to change them with? lol
 

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Sales can be really good for digital, but I'm worried about the longevity of my collection. Both sides have their pluses and minuses, but it is soothing to have a hard copy to fall back to.
 
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I do always prefer hard-copy, they look good on my shelf. I do own quite a few downloaded games on my PC, but I prefer hard copy on PS3 since my console sucks for downloading things.

The game I was trying to get was Okami HD by the way. Trying to relive one of my all time favourite games on the PS2. Or I would be if it would download.
 

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I'm getting to the stage where I'm used to getting my music and even some movies online, so with games, would I mind not having a hard copy? Not really. As long as the storage of it was reliable, and I'm not going to get a 'woops, you lost all your games' message after an update... Though like with some albums, movies, I would likely want some of them to be hard copies, depending on the quality of the game.
 

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I much prefer to have both when available. Discs get scratched and become unreadable (I have a game that I can get through the entire thing except it freezes right after you beat the final boss and don't get to see the fruits of your efforts) and computers will blue screen/update/otherwise lose data at random. Having both makes life a bit easier.
 
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It's interesting that you mentioned discs getting scratched. I have NEVER in my life had a game disc that got scratched. I take it out of the case, play it, put it back in the case. Sometimes I wonder how people actually scratch their discs. In fact there have been times in the past when I have left discs just laying around for a while and they still don't get scratched. I have a feeling that if I wanted to scratch a disc I would need to get out a pair of scissors and just go at it. Although I do use a PS3 which uses blu-ray discs. I think they may have a higher tolerance to scratches than DVD like the 360 uses.
 

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When I finally managed to get my hands on a copy of Killer7 used the second disk was scratched up really bad. I haven't reached the second disk but I'm terrified it won't work.

Hard copies can get lost and damaged, true. But digital distribution can screw you over with accounts and stuff.
 
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YAY! It finally worked. On the fifth or so attempt I left it downloading overnight and thismorning it was finished on my PS3. Now I'm getting to relive one of my favourite games ever! And it looks so amazing in HD.
 

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