With movies the vast majority of what I have is Bluray or DVD. But I do have some digital only movies. Usually I only get digital if I just can't seem to find it physically. But I do have some digital movies.
With music, there are some bands I still get CD's for: Metallica, Godsmack, Evanescence, Lindsey Stirling and Within Temptation. But more and more I get most of my music digitally.
But a single video game can be quite a bit more expensive than any movie or music album. So here's my thoughts on digital games.
1. You don't own a game. You merely own a license to play the game. This more than anything else seems to be the biggest sore spot for those arguing against digital only. You pay $60 for something, it would be nice to actually own something for your money.
2. Especially if consoles decide to go digital only, they better have really sizable storage. Many AAA games can be upwards of 50 gig. Even a Terabyte of storage can fill up fast over the typical lifespan of a console. If they're going to take away the optical drives, they should be giving us more storage, cause damn we're gonna need it.
3. As anyone who owns a Wii can attest, servers close down. At that point, you better have as many of your games downloaded to your limited storage as possible, because you're going to lose the rest. I did lose some of my purchases from the Wii when its server shut down. I downloaded all the ones I could, but it just goes to show even more the need for storage space.
1. The only time I ever preorder something is if I need to use the preorder as a layaway. That's the only use of a preorder for me now is the layaway. I walked into a Gamestop today who tried to convince me I better preorder Mario Maker for the Switch if I want it first day because Nintendo typically only sends enough of these types of games to fill preorder. I just smiled inwardly because I know...online store never runs out of stock. If I go to Gamestop, Best Buy, Target, Meijer and Wal Mart and they are all out of stock, I can always buy it digitally. There's no such thing as running out of copies.
2. Kinda small, but it is nice to not have to switch out cartridges or disks. Call me lazy, but backing out of one game and immediately starting up another can be nice versus getting my butt up off the coach, ejecting one disk/cartridge, putting it in its case, taking out another case and putting the next game in and sitting back down on the couch to resume play. Yeah, lazy as hell, but it is a plus for digital.
3. In the case of the Switch, they're not selling a lot of carry cases for the games. The carry case I have for the Switch itself has 5 cartridge sized pockets to store games for travel. So whenever I go somewhere or travel, I have to choose five out of my physical library to go with me and leave the rest at home. If all my games were digital, I could carry my entire library with me wherever I go.
Edited by Caldwin, 27 April 2019 - 02:03 PM.