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TruckOSaurus said:
PSwii60 said:

Breath of the Wild. Tangibility is still pleasing to me including the smell of booklets and all… but it’s hard to beat convenience.

That's the thing, booklets used to be thick with nice pictures and some info about the game (Blizzard games booklets were the best!). Nowadays, they're a one page folded in two at best.

I’m always enjoyed the physical connections with games. To an extent, the booklets themselves were part of the lore.

Nowadays, sometimes they are online or within the game. Crazier, games come with ads for other games.



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d21lewis said:
JackHandy said:

I keep seeing this word convenience being thrown around but it's like, how inconvenient is physical anyway? I mean, if two people are in a room on a couch, and there are two Switches docked under the TV... how much faster is the digital owner going to be able to get into their game than the physical owner? A minute? Thirty seconds? Because surely, it takes no more than that to pop in a game and sit back down.

I started going digital with the PSP. Those UMD games were so fragile and bulky. You couldn't carry more than a handful anywhere. It was so convenient, even the games I owned physically were replaced with digital versions (went back to physical with the Vita, though. Memory cards were too expensive).

Then I started dabbling with it on home consoles with the Xbox One. I could literally download the digital version on several different consoles and play in any room. Even my save data would be there. And on top of all that, me and a friend could play the same game at the same time (together, even!) on two consoles with a single purchase.

I remember having tons of discs on the floor at any given time, back when I was physical. Sometimes, the disc would be in the wrong case. With the Xbox One, I would just say "Xbox, open Tomb Raider" and I was playing. Too convenient!

Now, I'm disgusted with discs. 

I’m glad I’m not the only one that buys games multiple times/ways for no or even ridiculous reasons.



I had roughly 100 PS1 games and 200 PS2 games (with about 100 GameCube games, too.). During the 7th gen, things REALLY got out of control. So many PS3, Wii, and 360 games, it actually became embarrassing. People would come visit and say "Man, you could have bought a car instead of all of these games!"

I started to consider myself a collector. Then, I reached a point where I said "What am I collecting for?" I had a bit of an epiphany. I just wanted the experience. I wanted to get rid of the clutter. Combined with convenience, not having to go to a store, etc., digital just felt right.



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scrapking said:
JackHandy said:

I keep seeing this word convenience being thrown around but it's like, how inconvenient is physical anyway? I mean, if two people are in a room on a couch, and there are two Switches docked under the TV... how much faster is the digital owner going to be able to get into their game than the physical owner? A minute? Thirty seconds? Because surely, it takes no more than that to pop in a game and sit back down.

Currently I'm sitting in the upper birth of a loft-bed, with a game console mounted across the room and *behind* the TV.  You'd better believe digital is a hell of a lot more than convenient for me in this moment!  :D

But it's also the convenience of not having to figure out where to put the boxes, not having to dust them, not having to alphabetize them, not opening up a case to find the wrong game inside, not opening up a case to find NO game inside, not having to move them with me if I move house, not having the cost of buying shelving, not having to buy bigger and bigger places to accommodate an ever-growing collection, etc.

I ran out of space in my old house.
So I built a new house.

This is by no-means my entire video game collection either, there is another room dedicated to everything Pre-6th gen.. And I have Playstation 3/4/5 in the walk-in wardrobe in the master bedroom.

I find a certain kind of "joy" in having all my games categorized, sorted and all in one place.

My PC is pretty much entirely digital though... Last game I bought physical was probably StarCraft 2.
My Series S console only has digital copies (Obviously) of every Halo game... My Xbox One X and Xbox Series X I try and stick to physical.



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JackHandy said:

I literally have none of those problems lol. Maybe that's why I feel the way I do? I have one of each console. Beside them, stacked neatly, are all the games in their cases. If I want to play one, I get up, open the case, take the disc or cart out, pop it in and go. When I am done, I get up, eject the disc or cart, put it away in its case, set the case back in its original spot and I'm finished. Everything stays neat. Everything is right where it should be. No issues whatsoever. If it's carts or discs to consoles that I have stored away, like retro stuff, they're stored with the consoles in boxes. So to me, it's just perplexing to hear people despair about all this stuff, since I have been doing it all my life without even noticing. haha

Well, people with kids/roommates/etc. don't always have it as good as you describe when it comes to organization of the games/boxes.  :P  And what's the advantage to your "get up, open the case, take the disc or cart out, pop it in and go... get up, eject the disc or cart, put it away in its case, set the case back in its original spot" workflow, as opposed to just selecting a game from a menu?

"One of each" console for me is 40+ years of consoles, with collections for each, and it just became way too much to store/dust/alphabetize/etc.  And if the older consoles go into storage, what's the point of having a collection?

I'm also not even sure why we're having this conversation when the original comment says this thread is only for people who've gone all-digital.  :)



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scrapking said:
JackHandy said:

I literally have none of those problems lol. Maybe that's why I feel the way I do? I have one of each console. Beside them, stacked neatly, are all the games in their cases. If I want to play one, I get up, open the case, take the disc or cart out, pop it in and go. When I am done, I get up, eject the disc or cart, put it away in its case, set the case back in its original spot and I'm finished. Everything stays neat. Everything is right where it should be. No issues whatsoever. If it's carts or discs to consoles that I have stored away, like retro stuff, they're stored with the consoles in boxes. So to me, it's just perplexing to hear people despair about all this stuff, since I have been doing it all my life without even noticing. haha

Well, people with kids/roommates/etc. don't always have it as good as you describe when it comes to organization of the games/boxes.  :P  And what's the advantage to your "get up, open the case, take the disc or cart out, pop it in and go... get up, eject the disc or cart, put it away in its case, set the case back in its original spot" workflow, as opposed to just selecting a game from a menu?

"One of each" console for me is 40+ years of consoles, with collections for each, and it just became way too much to store/dust/alphabetize/etc.  And if the older consoles go into storage, what's the point of having a collection?

I'm also not even sure why we're having this conversation when the original comment says this thread is only for people who've gone all-digital.  :)

The only advantage that I can think of is the added security of physical media (unless we're talking retro games; in that case, there are many). Other than that, there isn't any. I was just detailing how I do things as a way to describe how someone with physical media goes about playing games without feeling burdened... because I don't feel burdened. I never have. lol

The point in having consoles in storage is the same point in having physical media for me. It's there, and always will be there. If I want to play SNES, I got get it out, hook it up and enjoy it for a month or so. If I want to play Atari 2600, I swap them out and play that for awhile. It's a method that keeps the clutter down, and prevents the dreaded plugging-thirty-consoles-up-to-the-same-tv nightmare. It also prevents the dust issue you were talking about. 

I really don't know either. I suppose I might have accidentally derailed everything when I asked my initial question haha.

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Pemalite said:
scrapking said:

Currently I'm sitting in the upper birth of a loft-bed, with a game console mounted across the room and *behind* the TV.  You'd better believe digital is a hell of a lot more than convenient for me in this moment!  :D

But it's also the convenience of not having to figure out where to put the boxes, not having to dust them, not having to alphabetize them, not opening up a case to find the wrong game inside, not opening up a case to find NO game inside, not having to move them with me if I move house, not having the cost of buying shelving, not having to buy bigger and bigger places to accommodate an ever-growing collection, etc.

I ran out of space in my old house.
So I built a new house.

This is by no-means my entire video game collection either, there is another room dedicated to everything Pre-6th gen.. And I have Playstation 3/4/5 in the walk-in wardrobe in the master bedroom.

I find a certain kind of "joy" in having all my games categorized, sorted and all in one place.

My PC is pretty much entirely digital though... Last game I bought physical was probably StarCraft 2.
My Series S console only has digital copies (Obviously) of every Halo game... My Xbox One X and Xbox Series X I try and stick to physical.

That is a beautiful sight to behold, seriously lol. I wish I had that sort of organization skills. My stuff (unless it's the console getting played), stays in plastic tubs. 



I think it was Control. Probably never buying a physical copy again.



scrapking said:

I thought mine might have been Gears of War 3.

But upon review I discovered that I'd actually purchased Jillian Michaels' Fitness Adventure a couple of months later (think Tomb Raider, but you actually jump and dodge and weave in front of the TV rather than use the controller...  it was actually a pretty cool idea, but with some flawed implementation sadly). So that was my last physical purchase, and it came out in 2011.

Correction...  I bought a couple of Nintendo DS carts after this point.  The last one I bought was Intellivision Lives! for the Nintendo DS.  That came out in 2013.  That would have been my very last physical purchase.  I don't think that game was available digitally, so it was physical or nothing.



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