Debate It: Downloadable Games, The Future Of Gaming?

“As you can tell, I don’t know alot about discs, at all.”

Gaming on discs, it’s what replaced those over-sized cartridges back in “the day”. It forever revolutionized gaming, allowing for more space, better quality games and to think that it can hold more data than those cartridges.

A couple of years back, Sony stunned us all by announcing “Blu-Ray” discs, capable of holding more space than any disc, quicker loading, and better looking games, I’m not an expert on discs and on how exactly they work, but I do know that Blu-Ray was technically better than what Microsoft used.

But quite recently, On-Live, a new name in the gaming industry, have been accused of “ending all games on discs”. On-Live, for those of you unaware, is a new face to the industry that boasts full retail games downloaded at speeds unimaginable to the public. But what’s most shocking is the amount of developers and publishers who have already decided to put their games on the service:  from EA, Take-Two, Ubisoft, Epic, Atari, Codemasters, Warner Bros. and Eidos will be avaliable on the service which include titles such as Crysis, Grand Theft Auto 4 and Burnout Paradise.

If you think about it, On-Live is not to blame at all, in fact they are just advancing from Xbox Live’s new service, Games on Demand.

Xbox Live’s Games on Demand service: It’s what really began it all, I know that Xbox Live’s Arcade does more or less the same thing, but this time the games that Arcade have to offer are older games that have been “ported” to the Xbox 360.   xbox-games-on-demand-580x326-525x295

Games on Demand is a service that allows users to download full retail Xbox 360 games, sounds good huh? Well, you might like the idea, but the thing that has caused so much debate about the service is the cost, boy, $60 for a two year old game in some parts of the world? No thanks.

So, with On-Live boasting free games, hot titles, and a speedy download “that you’ve never seen before”, will this service be the one to finally get rid of games on disks, thus beginning what Microsoft wanted to start, no more discs?

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  1. Okay guys, just want to make something clear, by the title “Thoughtless”, this article is REALLY just a bunch of random thoughts I’ve had on a subject and I’m just letting them loose to see if anyone shares my thoughts.

    And yes, I know I know little on the technology of discs. 😛

  2. I’ve personally been downloading games for my PC via Steam for years. I think it is a fantastic idea for a number of reasons.

    Firstly there is the ease of access; click, download, play (yay Obesity).

    Secondly there is the fact that you do not need a hard copy of the game because they are linked to your account. This means that you don’t have to worry about losing the disc and having to pay to replace it.

    The most important thing I find about Steam’s system is that the game developers actually get a better percentage of the money you pay. Retails price-ups can go to hell.

    Good post young Harry!

  3. If they leave the current prices for GOD games, retailers and gamers won’t have to worry about the compromise as few people will be buying them esp’ if theres no finacial drive storage incentive.

  4. yeah I think this was always the case that’s just how media transfer has evolved. If we look at the music industry and how the movie industry is moving its all downloadable streams or “on demand” plus when was the last time you went and purchased a CD at the store?

  5. The biggest downside to this is a third-party issue. Because a lot of BB companies are run by idiots, they sometimes have limits on how much you can download any given month. However, if you can get a company that doesn’t cap your download limit, you’ll have a brilliant experience.

    Do they market in Korea? If they do, they’ll rake in a colossal fortune. Koreans love their internet.

  6. This discussion has passed it’s time a long time ago. The internet and various services are already replacing CD’s. It’s only a matter of time. But the fact is, that consoles still use CD’s, DVD’s, BluRay and such.

  7. I think media will never completely die off it will just evolve into something else BUT online download has been taking over for over 10 years starting with software downloads then movies and games, you can even get full degrees from university from online courses (real ones not the fake get a degree in a month deal). Anyhow Joar is correct.. this has been the trend for many many years so it should be no surprise.

  8. MS really needs to reduce download size or provide substantial HDD storage aswell as mandatory Demos on all games then it would be feasable than the theory of wasting money on something thats not transferable. Plus retailers could’nt afford to compete with the sale demand of dlc. Lets hope a fair solution benefits all.

  9. I’m fairly sure that at the moment MS won’t be releasing any new games on Games on Demand. The idea isn’t to compete with or abandon retailers who have been the backbone of the industry for years. I wonder how long this cooperation will last.

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