Topic: Will download games kill retail?

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I think it's too early to predict that much as it's too early to predict online selling of goods through the post will kill retail, but it cannot be denied it's having an impact. The only big chain high street CD/DVD shop left in the UK is HMV and outside of GAME (and subsidiary Gamestation) you've only got independent game specialty shops and itty bitty chains like CEX and G-Force (or whatever it's called) over here.

I definitely think the industry is heading that way when they feel the infrastructure is in place to make the move. A recent Bonus Round at Gametrailers made a pretty good point about one remaining hurdle -- outside of broadband availability -- which is that downloads have no equivalent to NPD so they cannot make a determination as to how many copies of games they're selling online. Until the gatekeepers like Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft and Steam make that information public they're not going to give up one revenue stream for another lightly. Once publishers see that downloads are doing the business I expect print runs of physical games to drop and eventually only big titles getting disc pressings.

Edited on by Sean_Aaron


In a way I hope digital distribution gathers pace, but not at expense of real shops primarily because people work there and some customers cherish having real boxes, etc. It's nice to be able to buy old stuff at any time without getting reamed on Ebay.

Nintendo's policy on this, however, where downloads are bound to consoles (Wii and DS) rather than to persons is completely retarded. It means you can't (yet) transfer your stuff, either between existing console or conceivably to future generations of consoles. They need to look at and learn from Steam, I think.

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Answer: NO

Why: Because Retail games will always be able to hold more space and that having a several 8GB games on a console will fill up the memory pretty fast.

Note: I know most games are around 5-6GB, but gaming will eventually get to 8GB because technology is advancing extremely fast.

Edited on by V8_Ninja

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A 250 gig harddrive (a la forthcoming PS3) will hold quite a few 8 gig games - around 30 in fact.
Besides, memory is the cheapest compenent of any system, and it's not even an issue if you can delete and re-download at any time.

Edited on by Golgo

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Maybe in the long run, but not at the broadband speeds we have in the UK right now, I think it will take a pretty big jump in speeds before downloads take over, and it will have to happen in enough countries to make it worthwhile, so probably not even next gen then.



They most likely will, but I don't see that happening for at least 5-10 years.

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I would expect to see CDs gone from retail stores before video games, to be honest. music has been going the digital route for longer than video games, and still there is demand for a physical, retail copy of the music people buy instead of a download.

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