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alpacatears

I've given up physical media in most regards in my life at the moment. I stream all of my music and never bother with CD's. I stream my TV shows from Netflix and the likes so don't buy DVD's and I play digital games almost every time.
I think what pushed me away from collecting stuff was the fact that I'm a renter and I've moved around a lot over the years. I became less attached to collecting things due to needing to lug it across the country from time to time 😂.
My brother is the exact opposite to me and collects everything. When he moved to Canada he paid absolute hundreds to get his things flown and shipped over. At the end of the day though, he had his choice and I had mine. I'm happy that both approaches are catered to.

alpacatears

rallydefault

@ThanosReXXX
You moved the goal posts because you said you wanted to talk console games, but then suddenly you're only going to "count" certain console games.

I mean, come on, bro.

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ThanosReXXX

@rallydefault No, I'm not counting only certain console games. I just reacted to your comment, which also mentioned eShop games. I never debated the point that digital has many discounted games, in fact, a couple of comments back, my first comment on here said explicitly that both physical and digital have sales and drop in price over time, and that point was BESIDE the fact which one of the two is cheaper.

But, because of you mentioning, among others, the eShop, I simply pointed out that this is not really a good comparison, because many of the games on there don't have a physical equivalent, especially those very cheap games, and that is an absolute truth. So, I didn't say anything weird or untrue, and I most definitely did not move goal posts.

You know, I absolutely realize that this is online and anonymous communication and some stuff may get lost in translation and all, but sometimes people actually DO just say what they mean and their comment does not need to be interpreted in any other way than exactly how it is written, nor do my comments require any reading in between the lines...

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On a side note: come to think of it, the Xbox also has plenty of digital only titles, such as indies and the Xbox Arcade range of titles, and although I don't own a PlayStation, I reckon they too have plenty of those titles, so these platforms too have quite a few titles which can't be fairly compared to any physical offering.

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'The console wars are like boobs: Sony and Microsoft fight over which ones look the nicest and Nintendo's are the most fun to play with.'

Nintendo Network ID: ThanosReXX

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@ThanosReXXX
I don't know what you're talking about for 90% of that post, so no need for the psycho-babble, honestly.

Yea, there is a crazy number of games on the eShop, but by and large, I would wager the majority of the games can be had in physical form, even if that physical form comes from a Limited Run...run lol You stated that you don't wish to include those games because....reasons, I guess, but I'm stating that isn't fair. If it was or is available physically, then it was/is available physically, end of story and is therefore a valid comparison/contrast to its digital pricing.

Which returns me to my point: digital pricing, even on consoles, is far and away cheaper than physical pricing the vast majority of the time. It's not even a debate. As a physical buyer myself, buying physical media in this day and age mostly does not make monetary sense.

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glorymade

lmao at this point why would the eShop go down anytime soon?

even with a new console they'll use the same eShop

**** boomers man i swear they're everywhere

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ThanosReXXX

@rallydefault A personal preference or taste does not have to make sense, as long as it clicks with the person it involves, so who cares that you buying physical "does not make monetary sense"? As long as you yourself are okay with it, that's all that matters.

On a side note: I'm not quite sure what it says about you and the level of your acuity if you don't even understand a comment that's really not all that difficult to understand. It's not like I was speaking in foreign tongues.

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'The console wars are like boobs: Sony and Microsoft fight over which ones look the nicest and Nintendo's are the most fun to play with.'

Nintendo Network ID: ThanosReXX

SwitchForce

The Digital vs Physical is never going to go away but one thing is for sure if you travel outside of your Region and have to reinstall the game how do you do that with Digital if you have no internet access? But with Physical you pop it in and reinstall and play without having to update it. This is something people forget to remember as well. Also Digital gives you no resale value should you not want to play it anymore. And like I mentioned before NIN or Publisher can pull the Digital game without warning like Nicalis did and no one could find it. So this does happen not that it won't. Also should their digital get too old for their catalog they can just remove it and you have no say to stop that as well. So think carefully once a Digital game no longer makes money for them they can just pull it. For Physical even if there is no stock of it anymore you can still install and play it for however long you own it they can't come to your home and say hand over that game to us to destroy from future use. You can see how much uproar that will be. As to the damage to the cart I think some are not being honest and taking it out carefully. I have 300+ and have no issue taking them out they - it's when I use the Hori24 that it holds it too tight that takes some careful practice to take it out but once you figure that out it's easy to take out and put back. So if your damaging from the Switch case you definitely aren't taking care to take it out-I have no problem taking them out of the Switch case. As the price as ThanosReXXX said it's because they are made physical 3rd party is also why they are expensive and so doing that comparisons is being very disingenuous to the debate as well. And the price of Digital vs Physical should be when they are released not when they go on sale using such debate is being dishonest. So compare the price when Digital and Physical are released then we can say which was really affordable. So unless you can find the same game at Retail when neither are on sale - when it does come then we can talk about the price Digital vs Physical until then anyone trying to make this debate with this comparisons is just plain Trolling.

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Shadowthrone

SwitchForce wrote:

one thing is for sure if you travel outside of your Region and have to reinstall the game how do you do that with Digital if you have no internet access? But with Physical you pop it in and reinstall and play without having to update it.

And how would you pop in the physical and play it if you forgot the cart at home? Because that's all you're talking about here. If you were leaving the region, you would have your SD card loaded up with your games before you went. Much like you would be sure you packed your carts.

SwitchForce wrote:

And like I mentioned before NIN or Publisher can pull the Digital game without warning like Nicalis did and no one could find it. So this does happen not that it won't. For Physical even if there is no stock of it anymore you can still install and play it for however long you own it they can't come to your home and say hand over that game to us to destroy from future use. You can see how much uproar that will be.

Your example of them coming to your house is nonsensical. Digital games also don't stop working as soon as they're removed from the shop. When games disappear from the digital storefronts, those who purchased it before the removal date can still redownload them after. I can't say with 100% certainty it's always like this, but I've personally never had it become an issue as any game I had digitally that was removed from a shop was still available to me afterward.

SwitchForce wrote:

And the price of Digital vs Physical should be when they are released not when they go on sale using such debate is being dishonest. So compare the price when Digital and Physical are released then we can say which was really affordable.

Wouldn't this also then mean we need to not factor in the reselling of physical games? Or buying second hand ones? This is a later event that saves you on the overall cost of the game, the same as a digital sale.

I find these ongoing debates of the two formats kind of funny anyway. It's so subjective to preference. There's so many pluses and minuses on either side of it, many that mirror the other. It really just comes down what works for the individual. What works for me may not work for someone else and neither side is 'right'.
That we even still have both as an option is something.

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@ThanosReXXX
Wow, thanks for the personal insult, man. Super kind of you.

I'll take your absence of any actual response to my prompt as a concession.

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redd214

Didn't realize I was such a dishonest, disingenuous troll, will try to do better in the future lol!

Cotillion wrote:

I find these ongoing debates of the two formats kind of funny anyway. It's so subjective to preference. There's so many pluses and minuses on either side of it, many that mirror the other. It really just comes down what works for the individual. What works for me may not work for someone else and neither side is 'right'.
That we even still have both as an option is something.

Best response really. This topic pops up every few months or so and I really just comes down to preference. Just cause one is better than another for a specific person doesn't mean its better overall.

redd214

rallydefault

I'm gonna try and take the high road here and just say we all need to stop. I got this dude who apparently feels qualified to judge my mental acuity based on a thread on a Nintendo forum. That's either a sign it's time to move on or the apocalypse is near.

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ThanosReXXX

@rallydefault Yeah, okay... that wasn't too classy of me. Had nothing to do with you really. It was a couple of things happening on my side, and when I get in a mood, I tend to get sarcastic, so my bad.

Either way, I think that in the end, it all comes down to preference, and although you're right that digital definitely can be (and often is) cheaper than physical, it really doesn't matter for those that prefer physical, because they take the bad with the good, or they don't consider the bad to really be all that bad, because handing over that extra bit of cash gives them all the things that they want (and perhaps even need) from their games.

'The console wars are like boobs: Sony and Microsoft fight over which ones look the nicest and Nintendo's are the most fun to play with.'

Nintendo Network ID: ThanosReXX

SwitchForce

Cotillion wrote:

And how would you pop in the physical and play it if you forgot the cart at home? Because that's all you're talking about here. If you were leaving the region, you would have your SD card loaded up with your games before you went. Much like you would be sure you packed your carts.

Again a Troll to mom loving. Trying to grab for straws is really showing here. Those whom has physical already has a carry case for them. Might want to try better excuse here to support poor homework here.

Cotillion wrote:

Your example of them coming to your house is nonsensical. Digital games also don't stop working as soon as they're removed from the shop. When games disappear from the digital storefronts, those who purchased it before the removal date can still redownload them after. I can't say with 100% certainty it's always like this, but I've personally never had it become an issue as any game I had digitally that was removed from a shop was still available to me afterward.

Oh another mole stating something that has no evidence to the contrary - did one forget the Nicalis pull. I guess they missed that one.

Cotillion wrote:

Wouldn't this also then mean we need to not factor in the reselling of physical games? Or buying second hand ones? This is a later event that saves you on the overall cost of the game, the same as a digital sale.

Here we go again using wrong comparisons to flavor their view and missed the point being said all together but oh well we know whom know now.

Cotillion wrote:

I find these ongoing debates of the two formats kind of funny anyway. It's so subjective to preference. There's so many pluses and minuses on either side of it, many that mirror the other. It really just comes down what works for the individual. What works for me may not work for someone else and neither side is 'right'.
That we even still have both as an option is something.

If you find so amusing why even reply this reply is even more amusing someone ironic to make. So where did I say I don't own any Digital. But I guess poster already missed that by a long shot.

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Shadowthrone

@SwitchForce There's really no need to take such a condescending stance, while slinging insults.....over something as trivial as this.

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TheRedComet

On PS4 (before I sold it to fund my Switch) I was 90% physical except for my last year of owning it. I was living in a town for the first time in my life (I’ve always lived in rural ass places) and had crazy good internet access. My DL speeds were about 300mbps. So during that time I went all digital. When I moved back to my home area I started going physical again solely due to internet access concerns. Downloading AAA PS4 titles was out of the question anymore due to the file sizes demolishing my cap. Also my average speeds are about 25mbps (I have over the air fixed installation internet service through LTE) so the download times are unreasonable.

I’m strictly digital with my Switch with two key exceptions. Smash Ultimate and Link’s Awakening Remake. And that was solely because of price. I bought them second hand for 60 bucks together. Other than that, my growing Switch library consists solely of digital titles. The titles, even the AAA games, are so much smaller that it doesn’t cut my data cap by a third with just one game like the PS4 games did.

The main reason for me is actually a little thing I consider a design flaw on the Switch. I hate the little flap cover over the cart port. I feel like it’s going to tear off every time I change Smash to LA.

Looking back I would have preferred to get both of those digital. And if they do ever go on sale on the eshop I’ll probably sell my physical copies and pick up the digital versions.

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rallydefault

@TheRedComet
The little flap is finicky for sure. I'm surprised mine is still on because I have almost all physical games so I'm clawing that thing open all the time.

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SwitchForce

Here's something All those wanting Digital should watch and ask themselves whom Owned whom..

Digital Distribution Vs Physical Media and True Ownership

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Zuljaras

@SwitchForce That is why is any of the big 3 do all digital I will switch (haha pun intended) to jailbreaking and play all the games I want on their systems just for the price of the console alone.

Zuljaras

SwitchForce

@Zuljaras no one is going to stop you but should you update you take the risk. So watch out for the EULA. And if you buy DLC they got you.

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