I rarely buy much from GAME but it'd be a shame for there to be less choice. Gamestation going down with them would be even worse.
A digital future is inevitable but it makes for a worse shopping experience imo. I can walk into a physical store and take a punt on a few pre-owned games that are selling for around £5-£7 each. If I was taking a risk on a game but I could only get it from PSN/XBLA then £50 each is not something I'd be remotely interested in. It's fine for games you definitely
want but if fixed £50 digital asking prices are in place then gamers are less likely to take a risk and publishers less likely to take risks on large-scale games that aren't sequels or proven franchises.
You've also got to consider the fact that current digital games sometimes retail for more than physical copies and yet there's no box, instructions or distribution costs involved so where is the discount? Publishers aren't giving savvy consumers a convincing reason to download a full retail game from an online store.
I've only just started getting into digital and DLC after bypassing it for so long and there are some good deals. Daytona USA
for £6-something is a nicely priced classic game and the Soul Calibur IV/V
DLC packs are cheap enough to be appealing (even though I still see it as a cheeky move since the content is already on the store from day 1
). I'm not ready yet to be blowing full RRP on something though. Even SSFIIT HD Remix
for £12 seems too steep for what it is.
So overall, I'm not as
against digital as I once was but at the moment, publishers aren't showing me the benefits of downloading games over purchasing them physically and for that reason, actual stores like GAME are still very much relevant to the likes of me.
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