It’s happened folks. I’ve been fully assimilated into the Cloud. I can no longer be bothered with the troubles of physical media. The convenience of digital media is far too powerful and I don’t think there’s any way to stop my descent in to extreme laziness. This was not a decision I made lightly, but my games catalogue from this point forward will be 100% digital. I’m saying farewell to the archaic ways of the past and diving headfirst in to the future.
My obsession with digital gaming didn’t truly start until about a year ago. For quite some time I was still one those folks who “just preferred having a physical copy.” I see now the error of my ways. I can understand the notion that owning a physical copy of game promotes a greater sense of ownership, but is this genuinely true? Many of the people I talk to who still prefer owning discs claim they enjoy the option of selling the games when they’re done and a large majority of those folks unfortunately do so at Gamestop (yes, Gamestop is a horrible company, but I’ll save that rant for another day).
Purchasing a digital copy of a game is a serious commitment, especially on Xbox One where I do most of my playing these days. There are no options for a refunds and no way to sell a game after it’s in your library. I fully respect the complaints associated with these restrictions, but for me personally this is a gift that forces me to be more educated about my selections. With physical copies I would catch myself buying a game completely on a whim knowing full well I could sell it back within a week if it was something I wasn’t in to. This bad habit just ended up costing a shitload of money in the long run and now that my purchases are locked in digitally, I find myself doing this a lot less. I’m shopping much smarter than I ever did with physical media. So I’d argue the fact that obtaining a digital copy of your favorite game delivers a much greater sense of ownership than buying a physical copy. After all, your digital library stays with you forever.
The biggest push for me wasn’t about a sense of ownership, however, it was about convenience. When my library was fairly mixed between physical and digital titles, I would find myself heavily leaning towards the games already available on the console. When it came time to find a new game to play, I would much rather play something immediately available than walk the 15 feet to my living room to grab a new disc. It’s now gotten to the point where I won’t even play the few games I have disc because it means I have to haul my lazy ass out of a chair and swap discs. So, sure, ultimately you could fault my outrageous laziness, but there is no denying the extreme convenience of digital media. I had Halo 5 pre-installed and ready to play the minute the game launched, while many folks were waiting in line at Gamestop for their copies only to come home and realize they needed to install 60gigs worth of data and updates. Players with digital copies literally had hours of play time on the folks who went physical.
I’m now an avid supporter of completely digital gaming libraries, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Are you folks still clinging on to the nostalgia of games cases and discs or are you too embracing the ways of the future? Let us know in the comment section below!