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how physical are you?

0-10% 22 21.15%
11-20% 6 5.77%
21-30% 5 4.81%
31-40% 3 2.88%
41-50% 7 6.73%
51-60% 7 6.73%
61-70% 3 2.88%
71-80% 11 10.58%
81-90% 11 10.58%
91-100% 29 27.88%
Spindel said:
Barkley said:

- If you want to trade in or sell the game later.

- If you want to lend it to a friend.

- If you don't have fast internet.

- If you have a data cap.

- If you like having a physical item for collection purposes, i.e look good on a shelf.

- If digital prices are insane (at launch they usually are).

I don’t sell games, it’s not worth the effort

I can’t even remember the last time I lent a game to a friend or lent a game from a friend

I have fiber to my house and pay for 100/100 mpbs

I don’t have a data cap

I see no purpose of physical games if I have to install them anyway

I agree that digital is to expensive if you consider you don’t have to make and/or distribute a physical copy (same thing can be said about ebooks). But heck convinience.

There's barely any effort involved. Just offer them for 10% less than others do and multiple people will contact you. Just pick the one which suits you best.
I was getting rid of some of my GB and GBC games last year because I saw that Pokemon is still valued pretty highly.
Was getting ~€15 for each Red, Blue, Yellow and Silver and a whopping 35€ for Crystal, since I still got the manual and box.
Crystal was literally sold within an hour.
Or if you're fine with getting a little less money, just sell all games (and other media) to a reseller. Even more convenient but less profitable of course.

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Jumpin said:
91-100% has a lot. I guess a significant portion of people here don’t play Steam games and rarely play indie titles. Sad really.

I don't play pc games and i get physical indie when available. Otherwise i wait for a sale a few years later. 

Shadow1980 said:
Dulfite said:
Within like five years I've gone from 100% physical to 100% digital. The convenience of it destroyed any sort of nostalgia I had for the old ways. I have no desire to have to carry around games or boxes of games ever again.

Do you spend most of your time playing away from home or something?

As for me, none of my games leave the living room anymore. And except for Halo's multiplayer, I pretty much play nothing but single-player games (even in fighting and racing games, I always play against the computer). If I do happen to play over at a friend's house, they usually have the same games I do. If not, well, I never felt it was a chore carrying around a single game with me. I used to play Halo CE LANs at friends' houses all the time back in the early to mid 00s, with all the requisite hauling around of my Xbox, its controllers, and my copy of Halo, and I never thought "How inconvenient." Now that changing life circumstances for my and my friends have made LANs a thing of the past, that's no longer a concern, and I do pretty much all my gaming at home.

I game at home mainly, but for planes and road trips in cars I want to take as little as possible. Also, when I game at home, I don't like sitting in front of the TV nonstop so I'll switch rooms I'm in, or sit on my deck or something. I like the switches portability not mainly to leave the house, but rather to be able to relax wherever on my property I want to and not just the room with the TV. 

And I'm just used to digital now. I don't want to have to walk to the room with the cartridges and swap something out. I want it to be with me at all times.

No problem with DRM-free digital, but due to such digital not being available for every game, and having a horrible connection too, I'm still mainly physical.

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Haven't bought a physical game since Metroid on the 3DS and that was only because my SD card was full. Before that, maybe Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One.

Every physical game that I own for PS4 and Xbox One I went back and bought digitally. Every BC game that I want to play on Xbox One, I purchased digitally. It's just so convenient.

Oh yeah, I also bought BotW physically with my Switch just to have something in the card slot.

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I have been over 50% digital since around 2010, and about 90% digital since 2015.

My spreadsheet for the Switch Gamers Club fits nicely in this thread.

Of course many people's stats are incomplete because they haven't updated in a long time, but the general trend is that Switch owners prefer physical copies when given the choice. Exceptions are mostly people from South America and similar regions where digital purchases save a lot of money.

Since most first party games for Switch are available in physical format, the rate of physical purchases is high (75.8% by May 31st). Third parties include lots of indie titles that are digital-only, so the percentage of physical copies is only 30.2%. In the sum, 45.1% of 2,583 purchased games by 111 people were physical.

I am ~32% physical on Switch, but I have a lot of digital-only games. I missed out on physical versions of SteamWorld Dig 2 (was announced way after the digital release) and XC2: Torna (purchased the expansion pass long before the announcement of the standalone release). My money spent on physical games is far greater than the amount for digital games despite a lower number of titles and that's not going to change in the future.

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sethnintendo said:
I'm usually pretty chill but if I drink I sometimes get a little physical.

I wonder why no people wanted to make the pun first ...

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My stats may be misleading, because I own a lot of digital games simply because they were given to me.

But when it comes to my own purchases, this generation it's been about 50/50.
It can be a balance between the type of game, price and convenience.

For some games none of those things outweigh my desire to own the physical copy for sentimental reasons.
Generally I want the physical copy of games that I care for in particular.
And some times I want both the physical copy, and the convenience of being able to have in on the HDD, like with Nier: Automata. So I got both the physical and digital version of it.

Last edited by Hiku - on 15 June 2019