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Eventually I can see not caring if games are only released digitally. Currently however, I still like to collect games. My focus is mostly retro collecting, but I still do like having physical PS4 games. Times are changing.

As far as I am concerned cloud gaming is just a version of full digital.

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Doesn't matter what we want. The big publishers will get what they want. Too many gamers who don't care enough and too few of us that want it to stay the same. All we can pray for is that the technology doesn't get there perfectly for a while.

Nope,not me.


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I do. Certainly looking forward to whichever concept makes it flexible and easy for consumers to stream games, whether it comes from Google, Amazon, Sony, Micro, or from whomever.

Personally, not interested. I love collecting physical games, so I see cloud gaming as a threat to physical media which it actually is. Not planning to support further digitalization of gaming media.


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It will be fun to watch the giants in the industry fighting the cloud gaming wars over the 2020 decade.

Fuck no


I had a great time streaming Persona 5 over PSNow for ~150h, so I certainly do want more cloud gaming, especially for titles that aren't dependend on reaction time etc.

I think it'll have limited appeal, and only to those who have the needed internet speed and lack of data caps to make it practically and economically feasible for them.

But for most serious gamers, I doubt it will make much inroads. I'm pretty much a physical-only person, with the only digital games I have being ones I got for free as part of some promotion. I don't like digital because you don't own the copy. The copyright holder does. They're merely leasing it to you indefinitely. Thus you cannot lend, sell, or trade the copy unless the copyright holder gives you permission to do so. They can even rescind your license to use "your" copy (quotes intentional) for any reason or no reason at all, something that has happened in the past. If the title has been de-listed from digital storefronts or the digital store closes and you lose your copy for any reason, you may not be able to re-download it (this actually happened to me before nearly a decade ago, and is what made my anti-digital stance more ossified). If a title is only available digitally and you didn't get it while the getting was good, you ain't getting it all, maybe not ever (at least not legally). These are typically not issues with physical copies, which are legally your property to do with as you wish (except for making and distributing new copies, obviously), and since copies usually remain on the second-hand market you can, in principle, find and buy a copy of an out-of-print title, even if you had a copy and lost it or never owned a copy in the first place.

Streaming is even worse than digital downloads, though. It takes the worse aspects of digital and combines it with the most annoying aspects of always-online services. Not only do you still own nothing, but your experience is completely dependent on both A) a constant internet connection, and B) the service being up and running. Even if you only play single-player games, if your internet connection goes down or the service is experiencing any sort of interruption, you don't get to play anything. If a title is removed from the service for any reason, you don't get to play at all, perhaps not ever again (at least not legally). If the service ever gets shut down, well, you're just shit outta luck. Better hope there's an alternative. At least with digital downloads you have a local copy to show for your money, at least in principle. With streaming you can't even say that much.

super_etecoon said:
d21lewis said:
Me? No.

But then I didn't want digital downloads and now that's all I want. What I'm saying is that current gamers, including myself don't want it. We want to collect our games (even a digital collection, in my case). But, just like movies, there will come a time where streaming is the majority.

At 43 years old, I've seen so many things come and go that I thought would be here forever. I don't count anything out anymore.

I can whole heartedly agree with this statement in full.  I love my digital downloads on my Switch.  The fact that I can flip on the fly between 5 or 6 games that I'm playing at any given time is just so appealing and freeing.  And likewise I wouldn't have ever wanted such a thing in previous generations.

Also...when do you turn 44?  We're just about the same age.

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