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Digital or physical? (games, music, movies)

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DJ Omnimaga:
So I was wondering if you were more a fan of buying digital games, music and movies or if you still prefer physical copies?

Personally I still prefer buying physical games whenever possible, because if the download shop closes down and my game console breaks, then I lose everything I bought. This is unlikely to happen with Steam or PSN, but again Eaton and Sears used to be huge success for decades and still ended up in deep troubles or shutting down entirely. I also cannot trade-in digital games except on Steam where you can get a refund after 2 weeks of minimal gameplay, so if I get bored of a game I cannot get anything back in return (not that you will get much with physical copies of popular games, especially at Gamestop, but some games are more rare or valuable). On the other hand, physical copies are often harder to find, takes more storage room in my home and they are often more expensive (especially compared to Steam), and can be damaged/scratched to the point they become unreadable.

What about you?

Yeah, the problem with physical copies, I always misplace the CD and stuff, but if I really like something and I want to throw money at it, I try to get a physical copy, especially for music. Otherwise, there's always Spotify and YouTube. For games, I don't really care as much.

I like physical copies, the same way people like statues.
They don't serve any real purpose, but it makes me happy that they're there.

I bought S.T.A.L.K.E.R Twice, once on Steam and once physically.
Full price too. It was worth the $40.00 CND. I love GSC and hope
that they don't dissolve again.

I like digital copies more because
1) i can get games instantly
2) i can pirate games
3) some games aren't even sold physically
4) how do they even get 40 GB games on disks nowadays? im not really in the mood for using 8 installation disks
5) also i feel like they tend to be cheaper.

I like having a backup copy of the game. Be it disk, or in a zip file.


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