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Atari chief, Phil Harrison told EDGE that today's kids will never buy physical media, and digital distribution is the way forward.

"There’s a generation of kids being born today and probably already alive who I’m pretty confident will never buy a physical media product. They will never buy a DVD, they will never buy a CD, and they will never buy a game in a box."

Well Phil, hate to tell you, being one of those "new generation" gamers, that there will always be a place in my heart for a physical, tangible product that he calls "a game in a box".

I'm not sure whether Phil has become delusional and thinks he's become the voice for the new generation of gamers but I've always tended to side with the fact that people  like to see what they own ... It makes them sleep soundly at night.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.




 
 

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Comment #1 by [M]ike
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 06:57:31 AM
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Yeah definately, it's always nice to have an actual game with a manual and such, one reason I've often stayed away from flashing/chipping a console.


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Comment #2 by xgonscm2
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 06:58:11 AM
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i would rather have the "physical media" just in case something goes wrong with the storage unit..that way i can share it with friends too if they want to borrow it.


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Comment #3 by mjc0961
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 06:59:34 AM
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Agree. I'd rather have a bunch of discs than everything saved on one hard drive. If my hard drive dies with all my games on it, I'm kinda screwed. So pass me that old school "game in a box" any day.


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Comment #4 by JediZombie
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 07:10:42 AM
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I need to be able to hold a game with all the fixins to be happy, but music, movies, and tv shows can be completely in the realm of digitialization.


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Comment #5 by Simo13
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 07:17:23 AM
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i do like the security of having a disk.

it cant just be deleted or sucked into ciberspace when people/computers decide it should.

but digital distribution is the way foreward


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Comment #6 by muters
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 07:17:54 AM
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No physical media means no second hand market. Once you get bored of a game, it'll essentially become worthless data. It'd be one of the worst things I could imagine happening to gaming.


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Comment #7 by wheelsy
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 07:18:48 AM
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The Orange Box. xD


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Comment #8 by she haunts me
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 07:27:06 AM
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This guy is off his rocker.


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Comment #9 by icypinksmurf
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 07:29:11 AM
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Besides "games in a box" he's absolutely right. Eventually it'll come down to it. That'll be the day, when you can download a full game straight to your hard drive! :D


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Comment #10 by JDSquireBry
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 07:30:22 AM
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Absolutely agree that people want physical products.

We may not buy as much physical stuff (can't remember the last time I bought am actual CD), but people will always want something they can hold in their hands.

Who has this guy been talking to?


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Comment #11 by Mattymace666
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 07:31:22 AM
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The guy is a complete pillock
I still buy Cd's dvd's and "games in a box" because i like to know i have them


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Comment #12 by Fruhmann360
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 07:34:01 AM
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i could see this happening more and more. sucks for them though. i mean, you'll be able to get the games you pre order to auto download at 12:00AM on the release day, which is cool.

but they'll never have an actual collection. i like my game collection and displaying it. they'll never wait on line, during holiday season or the midnight release of a game.

it will be tougher or not even possible to borrow games from friends.


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Comment #13 by Zmoke
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 07:37:17 AM
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I think they should make in future some really small USB chips what would work as the game boxes. Then the chips would unlock the game and you could download it from online. Got it? I think that would be a good idea.

I'm meaning that it would work like Gameboy Advance cartdidges expect you have to download the game too.


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Comment #14 by Malikkr
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 07:40:08 AM
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I agree. I play alot of videogames, but I still like doing other 'physical' stuff too.


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Comment #15 by Art
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 07:50:46 AM
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The best thing about a disc is its portability. I can take a game over to a friend's house and play it...broadband will have to be a whole lot broader to allow that much distribution.


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Comment #16 by BetterTomorrow
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 07:53:02 AM
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Sounds like greed to me. Elimnate the physical media eliminates the used market and borrowing from others. Forcing everyone to buy anything they want new. Terrible idea, I hate digital media as it is. I don't mind Live arcade or buying the odd song off itunes. But if I like a song enough I will also buy the album. I don't even own an MP3 player. CD's for me!


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Comment #17 by tpb
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 07:55:03 AM
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agree'd theres something nice about owning an physical object...


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Comment #18 by Zacxx201
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 07:57:02 AM
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Phil Forget To Take His Meds


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Comment #19 by Beechbone
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 07:59:37 AM
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In that case releasing all the collector's editions cease to have any kind of sense... and geeks love CEs so I guess exclusive digital distribution is long time coming.


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Comment #20 by wesker-
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 08:07:24 AM
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He played too much "Alone in the Dark".


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Comment #21 by tozir
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 08:09:10 AM
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i agree and i hate it when old people try to make it like they know us. i bet this guy hasnt played a game since pong.


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Comment #22 by ferrara316
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 08:18:31 AM
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I somewhat agree as you can see we already have netflix on 360. there is already no need to buy dvds anymore. and technically we dont get XBOX live arcade games in a box lol


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Comment #23 by collapsedbeef
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 08:19:37 AM
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joke of the day?


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Comment #24 by Jim Ignatowski
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 08:22:09 AM
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I see some people already hit the nail on the head. No physical product, then no used product marketplace. I'm sure thats every game CEO's wet dream!! Heres a hoping and a praying I'm no longer drawing breaths when that day comes.


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Comment #25 by capthowdy66
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 08:24:38 AM
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what a spoon!! what he meant to say is no one will buy an atari game as they will be in administration next year!!


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Comment #26 by InfernoFrY
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 08:24:42 AM
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Phil Harrison is such a douche, when will he STFU. Its bad enough we had to listen to him spout bullshit that the PS3 was doing better than the xbox and had more exclusives, BULLSHIT, but now hes the frickin president of Infogrames. Where's the justice?

Since when did people stop buying dvds? Sure movie downloading is a big thing now but noone with any sense pays for them. I dont mind paying £10 for arcade games or xbox originals but who in their right mind is going to pay £40 for a game you dont physically own. This guy just assumes that everyone has internet with uber download speeds.

I urge the next person who sees this man in public to thrust their knee firmly between his testicles. Make sure you shatter one.


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Comment #27 by Soviet Milenkov
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 08:35:16 AM
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I own a PS2, Wii, and Xbox 360, and I always enjoy just taking a gander at my library, so I'd have to agree that I'd much rather have boxes than some "download complete" sign any day...
also, I buy my DVD's, as I find that downloading them onto your xbox using netflix is a waste of points and space, but that's just me.


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Comment #28 by Stuffgamer1
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 08:47:00 AM
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The way I read that article, he's talking about little kids, or maybe even mere babies right now. He never meant to reference young adult or teen gamers. I agree that broadband would have to get a HECK of a lot better before this idea would work. Netflix is VERY unreliable on my Xbox 360, and I have freaking Fios! So for now, best people stick to game discs.


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Comment #29 by Louchavelli
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 08:55:34 AM
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I have to agree. As an old school gamer, I still like to have a physical medium. I usually try to get the collector/limited editions of games because of the physical content.

My $.02


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Comment #30 by Badlandz
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 08:55:42 AM
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Wat about kids who have no credit card and save there pocket money?? what will they do?


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Comment #31 by chris_stoke
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 09:06:27 AM
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I will allways want physical media its so much better to actually see a feel what it is ur paying and i love collectors editions ect so NO digital distribution is not the way forward!


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Comment #32 by hezeuschrist
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 09:06:51 AM
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He's absolutely right. And to the poster of the article, you clearly aren't the "new generation" he's talking about, unless you're posting this at recess in third grade.

As for not having physical media, I thought it bothered me, I own over 500 titles from the NES through current systems and love having all the collectors editions and crazy pre-order nonsense, but as I look at XBLA... i really don't have a problem with it. With the next generation of systems, if there's no physical media it won't really bother me.

Plus, less piracy, no second hand sales (sucks for most), these both put more money directly into the developers pockets. More money = more staff = more/better games.

Doesn't bother me none.

@30: Same thing they do now, go into 7-11 and buy a points card. This wil


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Comment #33 by Mtld
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 09:07:07 AM
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Kids that are probably already alive, he means kids 1-2 years old, that will play games in 10-15 years from now ...

I agree with the guy.


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Comment #34 by Webb [STAFF]
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 09:14:43 AM
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@ 32 & 33 - But when these kids in preschool are gaming, I'll still be gaming and so will most of you, so the guy clearly hasn't got a clue.

I'll be gaming for decades for sure and I will always want a physical disc, as by the sounds of it, will most of you. So they're saying that when a younger market comes in, they will turn their back on the older market and ignore them? Isn't that even worse? :P


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Comment #35 by onemorechanc
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 09:16:30 AM
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I like to have the physical media. It's nice to be able to trade with others, and you can't do that with a digital distribution model.

Of course, I'm nowhere near the target age he mentions, but here's a kick in the pants for his theory: I've got money now, and the kids he's talking about don't. He will be long gone from this industry before the "new generation" gamers start earning enough to buy their own games, and until then the parents who buy the games will probably lean towards physical media as well.


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Comment #36 by JRAPOCALYPSE
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 09:18:54 AM
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Downloading games is ok and all but it will never come close to physical media,so i think mr harrison needs to get off the drugs and maybe learn what goes on in the world of gaming rather then assume what people will want!


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Comment #37 by Rusty Nail zh
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 09:42:28 AM
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What is he talking about?! I like to buy "games in a box". With the cover, the manual and everything. It's better!
What should Microsoft do, then? A new XBOX with 120 Yottabyte???? For 2000 dollars?
The people who say that everything has to be downloadable are stupid! Sorry, but it's like that...


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Comment #38 by Drago Dracini
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 09:47:16 AM
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I think having a Digital Copy of games would be fine, but I still want the box.


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Comment #39 by Daywalker-san
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 09:53:47 AM
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I would rather download off a service like Steam than buy a physical game


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Comment #40 by harvinator2000
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 09:59:08 AM
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Your also screwed if the game is shit,no taking it back to gamestation.This would give them an excuse to start churning out any kind of crap they want.They still get there money so why would they care.


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Comment #41 by Veles
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 10:05:17 AM
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While I don't give a shit about holding something in my hand when I own a game, I don't see this happening on a complete scale any time soon.

Firstly, it would eat up a ton of bandwidth, ISPs are too stingy with their limits and their "fair" use policies to allow people to download every game they buy.

Secondly, DRM, the way it's implemented on the 360, is incredibly annoying, my 360 has just died, my modem is spazzing out, so I struggle to play my arcade games and use my DLC from my hard drive on my brothers 360.


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Comment #42 by Gaagie
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 10:08:51 AM
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Of course I'm still bying games, movies and cd's! :O I think Phil's starting to get old...


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Comment #43 by MrRedrum
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 10:09:02 AM
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I will always be a fan of being able to hold something tangible in my hands. I don't mind downloading some arcade games and not having an actual disk to have them on... but if there was an option for one I would buy that over the downloaded version. I also like being able to see my purchase rather than having to go to my hard drive and bring it up. I don't know why that is, it just is and that goes for all media for me, not just games.

I think everything will just have a digital distribution version (basically how it is already going now) of it to accompany the physical media, so you as a consumer can decide whether or not you want the physical copy or would like to download it at a discount.


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Comment #44 by Veles
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 10:11:11 AM
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Oh, and sales, everyone knows digital distribution is for some reason, more expensive than normal sales. There's no discounts, it's all at RRP. No-one clever bought L4D off steam, no, they bought it from amazon for half the price and still got all the benefits off the steam bought version.


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Comment #45 by Nekro Neko
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 10:27:59 AM
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DRM


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Comment #46 by GrandMasterCash
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 10:38:04 AM
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im sure everybody likes the brand new smell of games


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Comment #47 by My BR Is Evil
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 10:50:09 AM
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I'm one of those who buys physical distribution cause its good to have it physically in my hands I gotta have my classics. I still have old school gaming systems.


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Comment #48 by Hells Zargon
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 10:50:55 AM
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I prefer to have the actual game, but I can see where he's coming from.


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Comment #49 by Lord of Orion
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 10:56:47 AM
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I could see this happening down the road from now, but the biggest problem that I see with it is the idea of "ownership." I could buy a CD online, but I cannot lend it out and if I do, then my friend ends up having issues with not being able to listen to it or play it ...

(@ #45 ... Exactly my point!)

I think that physical ownership is still one thing that gets people and it will get me for quite some time as I plan to be buy physical copies for years to come!


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Comment #50 by Darth PaulBlack
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 10:59:02 AM
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tba i think the next gen after the one coming up next will be all digital downloads. people are still going to be buying from retail stores years to come


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Comment #51 by Xedoss
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:04:42 AM
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I don't feel like waiting for hours to download a (HD) movie or game before I can play it. What's wrong with "plug an play" physical media? Sure, internet will become faster, but at what cost?

Besides that, if physical media isn't sold anymore, doesn't that create a massive monopoly for the releasing company's? After all, store's won't be able to compete anymore, therefor prices will always be high. Example: I highly doubt Xbox games will be downloadable from different sources, Play.com Live, Amazon Live or Gamestop Live wont exist! Discounts will be a thing of the past.

I hate the idea of digital distribution only.


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Comment #52 by FoxTenson
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:05:07 AM
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There's another issue about games distributed like that. Without the physical medium purchased and in the user's hands, companies can claim that the gamer doesn't own the game, they're just borrowing it. Linking terms and conditions to the downloads that can rip the game away from you if they deem you broke some rule. Physical copies allow you to actually own the game, and have a leg to stand on in defending your rights.

Not only is there danger in upholding ownership, but also the market itself for stores like gamestop, gamecrazy, and especially the mom and pop stores still left in the world. The loss of jobs and money for common people is
nothing to sneeze at no matter how big or small.

Downloading a game is ok as some people may not care about these things, but getting rid of ph


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Comment #53 by dylanmannen
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:05:25 AM
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i Agree. i love the "game in a box"


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Comment #54 by Agent JFG
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:11:44 AM
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Yeah. And consoles are starting to let you back your games up on the Hard Drive anyway. Having a physical game would allow you to always have the option to delete the saved game free up space. Plus, how would you get a manual for a game if you download it?


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Comment #55 by Pure LionHeart
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:12:57 AM
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I'll forever prefer the physical copy of a game.


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Comment #56 by vgcollateral
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:21:19 AM
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id rather have a game in a box and a dvd on my shelf, when burnout 3 came out as an xbox original i wanted it so i went out and bought it for £2.99 at blockbuster instead


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Comment #57 by Hitchman
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:24:10 AM
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physical media over DLC anyday


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Comment #58 by Go3 Neo
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:31:41 AM
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Everybody loves a smell of a new game.
Just sniffing it gets you all excited.

or is that just me?


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Comment #59 by MakoBallistic
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:37:15 AM
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is he insane? disc's please.....


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Comment #60 by Soriya
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:43:31 AM
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After having almost lost all my downloaded content to Microsoft's wonderful customer service tactics 'four times'... I'm never giving up on real media when it comes to games. At least a 'game in a box' I can 'keep in my house in my possession'. That and I can bring that said game to anywhere I want to go a whole lot easier.


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Comment #61 by graemelunn
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:46:08 AM
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OK, I can see the point but seriously, people like to get physical product for their hard earned bucks.
Personally If I had all my games/dvd/cd collection as downloaded I dont believe there is a big enough HDD anywhere!! (Exaggeration before this gets flamed - you get my point.)
Most of the key demographic the games industry aims at are around the age group of myself and the guys I work with. All of them think this guy is deluded - none of them say they would prefer downloaded items to replace physical product, but would (and do) happily purchase DLC to supplement their product to enhance longevity.
Would the industry turn their back on their key demographic and alienate the majority of their captured revenue stream? Dont make me laugh....


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Comment #62 by zyxomma100
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 11:59:06 AM
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To my right is a wall filled with my collection of video games. I like being able to see that collection, and I like that my friends can easily peruse my disks and see what I like and own. Not to mention it would take several HDDs to fit... And that's just my console games. Downloadable media has a place, but there isn't a replacement for physical media.


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Comment #63 by DanFlyhight
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 12:14:50 PM
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Digital distribution of games is already a big deal. With DLC for physical games and complete games on things such as the XBLA, the PSN, and the Virtual Console. However, I hope I never see the day when a physical game is no longer needed. The only real reason I could ever see it happen is when it becomes too costly to produce it on a disc, whether it be blu-ray, DVD, or the next generation of disks. And yet again, with a high-speed internet connection not being owned by everyone yet, companies would lose much business from it. I think that it won't be necessarily the gaming world that changes this. It will be outside of it. For instance, the recession we're in. Costs will go up, thus rising the cost of living, things will become more expensive. Perhaps, THEN it will become too expensive t


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Comment #64 by Ry Fryy
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 12:22:56 PM
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I buy actual CDs, I buy actual DVDs, and I buy actual video games.

I think I've downloaded ONE song from the Zune Marketplace in all the years I've used it. I am not a fan of digital distribution. There are just too much problems with it. Mainly the rights to them. You can't copy them, play them in other programs, share them, delete them or you might lose them, etc. Just too much of a hassle.

I have a very impressive CD and DVD collection. I enjoy having that big stack of cases. I am a bit of a collector in that sense.


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Comment #65 by DanFlyhight
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 12:23:24 PM
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Wow it cut off my post. Here's the rest: Perhaps, THEN it will become too expensive to put a game on a disk and sell it at multiple stores. At such a lost, if companies become savvy to it, they'll realize that digital distribution must be done.


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Comment #66 by hoochie mama 88
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 12:29:04 PM
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In the future I think it will be wise to allow people to download full retail games straight from your home, but just like cd's and dvd's, you can go to the store and buy them in case you want the security of seeing what you own.


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Comment #67 by ClutchPapi34
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 12:40:43 PM
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i


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Comment #68 by crunchb3rry
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 12:48:19 PM
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This is the same asshole that said people who buy a PS3 "don't want rumble." Don't even listen to anything this bullshit artist spouts out. He's a total moron, one among many who like to assume all kinds of things about "today's youth" and 9 times out of 10 they are way off.


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Comment #69 by hezeuschrist
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 01:14:32 PM
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Wow, so much hate for Phil just because he made a logical prediction for the future. Not even a prediction, an extrapolation of current trends beyond today.

I think I was probably about 13 when I bought my first CD, or video game without being funded by my parents. Come back in 13 years and you REALLY think companies will be creating physical media? It's in all of their benefit to completely remove all of those overhead costs from the product cycle, so they're obviously going to strive for it.

Think of it like records today. Every once in a while you'll see some vynil at Best Buy for a major release, but it's purely as a collectible.

Maybe it'll take 20 years, but yes, physical media has run its course.


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Comment #70 by sakanakami
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 01:24:57 PM
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I prefer to have a physical tangible copy of whatever it is that I buy. I'm not too much on the whole digital distribution, unless it's DLC for a game that I already own.


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Comment #71 by True Marvellous
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 01:28:37 PM
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Cant speak for the rest of the world but the infrastructure in the UK nothing near ready for digital downloads


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Comment #72 by gingerCHRIS123
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 01:28:59 PM
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I wouldn't buy CD's, maybe some DVD's if they r good, but games? i need a disk incase my HD dies or something


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Comment #73 by mossberg
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 01:33:40 PM
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This means no moregamefly, blockbuster, gamestop etc.


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Comment #74 by daroou
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 01:34:50 PM
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and what about people who don't have fast internet connection ?
this guy doesn't know a thing about videogames (probably why he was working for sonny), he's just an A$$hOle


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Comment #75 by jasonorme666
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 01:36:17 PM
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I want to be able to hold what I own in my hands.


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Comment #76 by Alshain
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 01:43:35 PM
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I like buying used games, so that's going to be a little difficult to do when it's 100% digital. I can see benefits to both ways, but I'm content with it the way it is now with a mix of both.


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Comment #77 by Nixtix
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 01:47:32 PM
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:/ Im not sure where to stand with that, due to the fact that not buying a physical object will mean things will be cheaper (if paying for downloaded music, films, games) which helps when everything else is getting more expensive -.-

I've always loved buying games as "a box" and will continue to just to keep the feeling on gaming alive (game(s) + console = gaming), although i download all my music because i listen to so much which would be overly expensive and have no decent shop's around that sell and/or trade my liking in music.


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Comment #78 by ColossalKiller7
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 02:06:47 PM
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the actual game matters. Not any box.


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Comment #79 by jacob763
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 03:22:38 PM
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I do like digital distrubition but for full games I much prefer to have a pyhsical copy. That way I can lend my friends the game, and they can lend me theirs, and I can sell it when I'm bored of it. I also always prefer to buy my games used when ever I can to save money.


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Comment #80 by Zee
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 03:31:28 PM
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He doesn't mean todays gamers, but tomorrows. If you think about it, it is already happening. Renting movies thru downloads, buying indie games off the internet. Although it may sound far off, it really isn't.


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Comment #81 by BigApple3AM
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 03:37:59 PM
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Download-only game would have to be a lot cheaper to compensate for the lack of resale value.


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Comment #82 by Don Manolo
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 03:43:15 PM
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This does cancel out everybody without an internet connection to buy their game. I know that about that time has come most of us will have internet but there will always be without... This way they're not making it accesible for everybody... I like my little thing in my box.. At least I have something I can touch with my 65 euro I've spent on it...


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Comment #83 by Chuppernicus
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 04:26:04 PM
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I think only a few of you are understanding what the guy is actually saying. Now I know why they say kids these days can't read for content, hopefully some are just commenting on your likes.

This could happen as soon as the next wave of systems hits, but I doubt it. The penetration of broadband internet would have to be near 100% for this to work. Still in 10 years it will be reality. Change is tough and I like my physical game disks, I never sell mine, but look how easy it is with MP3's. I could care less if my next car has a CD player as long as it has a harddrive that can play my music.

Who wouldn't like their entire 45+ game collection on one hardrive? No disk swapping, good to go. They could work out the loaning to friends issue, like a code system for so many machine uses. Is s


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Comment #84 by DeadlyFishy
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 04:50:04 PM
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Well, I see him as kinda right - I will most likely never buy a CD or DVD; I will maybe borrow or rent, but definitely never buy any of that overpriced stuff in the store Same for games, I never buy at the store, only on Half.com (mint or sealed only, though).

But then again, I do love my arcade titles and I'm glad they don't have their own boxes; I'd have no place to put them.


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Comment #85 by WhiteCloverXIII
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 05:06:51 PM
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game in a box ftw


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Comment #86 by Sir BadWolf
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 05:33:56 PM
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Ya..its fun to have the box...but he is right.. and the plus side.. if your purchase is held on a server you never have to worry about a scratched disc.


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Comment #87 by RyanUk360
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 06:51:29 PM
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game in a box is the way!


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Comment #88 by ROA5T BeeF
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 07:23:45 PM
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I definitely prefer a physical game. The day they stop releasing games in boxes at stores (which if it ever happens i doubt anyone here will even be alive), is the day I start purchasing new games with a frown instead of a smile on my face.

Imagine Christmas or any other holiday. You unwrap your gift and someone just wrote you a paper saying, I gave you MS points to download Gears of War 6. Merry Christmas.


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Comment #89 by Thrall320
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 08:54:20 PM
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I think this guy is an idiot.

I buy games/DVD's JUST for the Boxart. ^.^

Well, not really, but their nice to have. I'd buy the real thing over digital anyday.


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Comment #90 by Jmashed
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 10:10:15 PM
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Owning things for free is nice, but when I can physically tell I own it it's even better, it gives a sense of pride.


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Comment #91 by TranClan67
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 01:53:00 AM
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I prefer to have the physical copy thank you very much. Even if the download copy is cheaper than the physical copy, I'd rather have the physical cause there's more chance of the data being corrupted and if I don't have a CD then darn it. You know what I mean?


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Comment #92 by SPRAYandPREYcom
Sunday, December 07, 2008 @ 04:47:22 AM
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if it means i dont have to park my car at the mall during xmas then yeah id rather download a game...


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Comment #93 by ssj4goku539
Sunday, December 07, 2008 @ 10:35:17 PM
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yea i agree i like to show off what i have


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