man, digital downloads are annoying. i bought geneforge 2 from the fine folks at spiderweb software, and requested that a physical copy be mailed to me as well. now granted, it was $6 extra, but it was nice having that peace of mind. no disrespect to spiderweb software – they are fantastic and deserve every penny they get – but they’re small. while they seem to have withstood the test of time, a small developer is always in danger of going under, or being bought out by somebody.
now, obviously i can’t speak for every small developer out there. guys like spiderweb, like i said, are fantastic. if you don’t have something from the geneforge series in your library, go get it. that being said, i have known some small developers, and i know that it is always something they hold in the back of their mind. in a broader sense, any business owner will tell you that.
why then, the emphasis from the game industry on digital downloads? in addition to what i have just outlined, there’s the matter of storage. most of us aren’t drawing our entertainment from the ether. we all don’t have infinite amounts of space on our devices. my ps3 is only about 60GB – i’m terrified of the day i can’t play a game because of the lack of space. fallout: new vegas will definitely test that.
little_nerdxo and i were having this convo the other day. we’ve all heard stories about gamers losing their games or downloads when that scenario, and others like them, happens. what if an indie dev goes out of business? logic dictates that gamers will lose money, because a bankrupt developer certainly won’t be forking out the money to maintain servers, and paying employees to maintain those services.
i’m even skeptical of this whole playstation plus shit. i have to download a full game if i wanna try it out? dude – 60GB only goes so far. (just so we are all clear: it doesn’t go far enough.)
so, to the millions who read me, keep rejecting those digital downloads. keep buying the physical copy of the game. sure, it’ll take up space in your house, but it’s an investment. and in these uncertain times, that’s exactly the kind of stuff we need.