I rarely play single player games, and it is even rarer for me to replay single player games. Once the multi-player community for a game is dead, the game holds no value for me.
I hadn't really thought about it before, but this is something that might factor into some of the split in opinion. I'm just the opposite. I rarely play any multiplayer games, and I frequently replay single-player games, including some that are over 30 years old at this point. So I couldn't care less about whether the multiplayer community is alive or dead. I just expect my games to work for as long as the console is operational.
That's a big part of the reason I have a very strong preference for physical games. However, I also appreciate the convenience that digital has to offer. That's especially true now that I'll soon be having 4 people in my household all wanting to play different games. So these days, games fall into 3 groups for me.
- Games that I just want to play, but have no deep connection to. I'm ok getting these digitally. I'll still often go physical anyway, but it doesn't take too much to tip me towards the digital purchase.
- Games I really care about and want to have available indefinitely. Anything from my favorite series, games that really impress me, etc. These I get physical, period. Digital is insufficient here, and I'll be rather put out if/when physical is no longer an option for such games.
- Games I love so much I want to have them ready to play at all times for eternity. For my all-time favorites, I'm willing to buy both. BotW is my main example here. I bought it as a physical copy first. In time, I went ahead and got the digital copy too. It's also the one game I have installed to my Switch's internal memory rather than the SD card. This can also apply to games I buy digitally, then decide it's good enough that I want to have the physical copy.
My outlook is similar for movies and TV. I have a Netflix subscription, and that's becoming my primary media source these days. It's usually the first option I'll pick for anything that's available on it. However, I'll still buy the blu-ray for anything I really care about. And when it's time to sit down and really watch one of my favorites or something I'm excited for, I'll be digging out the discs even if it is available on Netflix.