It seems I'm being labelled as a complete scrub by Destructoid as I haven't written a blog post so here's my first. If this blog is of poor quality then I apologize. You can send me messages about how bad I am at writing blogs.
Probably If you've seen me comment on an article about a new game release, it'll probably look a bit like this:
"PHYSICAL COPY?!" †
†Lets take a second to understand why this is the most important question ever. Ever.
Reason 1: Mine is bigger than yours. Maybe I'm a bit biased because I'm a bit of a collector. If I were a carpenter then I'd have spent a lot less on shelves to put things on. Lets not lie to ourselves here; the more we have of something we like, the better we feel about it. It works with everything, even when you get that little bit more food than your brother at dinner time. There's no need to be ashamed of bragging and showing off your superior collection because you're human and as a human you're obliged to be an asshat.
This is lost with digital copies in a sense. Instead you have the opportunity to sit your friend down and show him a list of titles on a TV screen which, no matter how big it may be, will feel minuscule because scrolling through menus takes no time at all.†
I don't know, maybe your friend IS jealous of how many pixel words you have stored on your HDD.
Reason 2: Memories of the past and increased replay potential. I have a disk of FFX on my shelf sitting next a few of my anime figures. It's not in an official case but instead it sleeps in a plastic sleeve. I keep it as a memento, a living memory of my first videogame waifu, Lulu.
You though I was gonna say Yuna? Pfft. You seen the moogles on Lulu? Polygons of beauty. I'll never forget her beauty. Why? Because I've played the game over and over again.
Because it's on disk.
Ok now this might be a subjective one. Let me explain.
It's not necessarily because its on a disk, it's more because it still exists. I and a lot of my friends will admit to deleting games from our digital libraries once we've finished them because they take up space or they make the list longer or blah blah... Yeah fine, you've got the option to download them again but....who ever does?†
Here's the key thing though. When you've got a load of games in mind to play in the future and a few games you still haven't finished but you mysteriously find your favourite old game from the 1990's under your porn collection, you'll probably play it again.†
If you're in a similar situation and you have to install/download that game again to play it...?
Reason 3: Educating the future...and the past. My younger brother's friend has my copy of Final Fantasy 12. Why? Education purposes.† This one's more about sharing games. Something that can't be done with digital copies and should definitely be a thing which continues. This is an important one for me because I feel the need to make other peoples lives better by bestowing upon them the games they were foolish enough to skip. I want to be able to make people feel the feels I did so we can sit on a sofa and cry while eating ice cream about our fictional experience.†
Being part of a community, it is our duty to make sure that everyone gets the most out of being a member thus throwing blu-ray disks at peoples faces and locking them in their bedrooms is essential.
Really, its a case of:
"Hey man, I played this really great game over the summer holidays, thought I'd bring it over so you can try it out"
"Hey man, I played this really great game over the summer holidays, if you've ever got any spare money left after buy all the stuff you need to survive it's only £14.99 on Amazon"
Reason 4: Same reason Master Chief didn't have a jetpack in Halo 1-3. Computers. They sit there all day being abused by your grubby little hands. Silent and crafty they watch. Do you trust them? One day they might turn against you...and format their own hard drives...
...Ok maybe not.
But you get the gist of this one. I don't trust digital storage.
No I'm not 42, I'm 19. Yes I know what URL stands for. No I did not click on the spam email. Here's an easier way of understanding this point. For example:
Tim sits at home where suddenly a Black Mage casts Fira on his PS3/Xbox. Tim buys a new console and plays again like normal except the fact that his carpet is a little burnt. All the games are on disks. No problem.
Jack sits at home where suddenly a Black Mage casts Fira on his PS3/Xbox. Jack buys a new console, and as well as having a burnt carpet, he has lost all his games and has to download all of them again. Some can't be retrieved because they were special purchases during sales and so Jack commits suicide before dinner time.
Reason 5: When the money you paid is heavier than the product, you've got an issue. My final issue is simple to understand. It's a short one. You cant hold what is not physical.
I don't like that idea, to me it's far too weird. Why am I paying the same price when I don't get a disk, manual, case and case art? Not only are you getting less for your money but you also have to physical proof of purchase! Especially when receipts are electronic too...what am I paying for, electrical impulses and...binary?†
So. Next time there's a game you really want to buy, take the time to think.
Oh wait, here's a completely related vid.