Game news PlayStation Plus, Xbox Game Pass… I prefer to buy games digitally, even if they run the risk of disappearing
Published on 07/24/2022 at 09:05
In 2021, in France, the turnover share of dematerialized software was 82% (all media combined) compared to 18% for physical software (SALES). I belong to the majority who prefer to buy their games in a dematerialized version. That’s why.
This article, being a sentiment post, is subjective in nature. The opinion of the author is personal and does not reflect the opinion of other authors of Jeuxvideo.com.
I prefer to buy my games in the dematerialized version. If I have a physical copy of a name I like in front of my eyes, next to a key of the same name, I unashamedly choose the key. The list of advantages in my opinion is huge. The box may be a purchase criterion for someone, but for me, the dematerialized solution perfectly suits my personal tasks. To each his own. I have a lot of respect for these dedicated and experienced collectors who still come to life to collect their games, fortunately some of them still exist. I also have absolutely nothing against stores, I hope they will continue to exist, but I do not want to clutter up my small living space with plastic packaging that will gather dust in just a few days. Also, when you live in the Paris area, saving space is essential. This is one of the first arguments that comes to mind when buying a digital game. One way or another, I can create my collection virtually in my Steam library. Scrolling through my list of games and viewing all my accumulated purchases is a delightful pleasure for me, and it is enough to satisfy me.
In general, I like fast, intuitive and lazy shopping. Basically I order everything online, rent movies and order food delivery. Naturally, the same rule applies to games for me. No need to browse the Fnac shelves on a Saturday afternoon in temperatures below 40 degrees to choose my next game, I just need to check out the offers made by Steam and add them to my shopping cart with a single click. I am lazy in this matter. Let’s not even talk about Game Pass, which gives me an insane opportunity to test hundreds of games at a fixed price. This is the natural evolution of the market. And, of course, the price argument: in my online stores, sales are much more frequent and much more significant. Well, that’s not to mention the physical games used, of course. In my opinion, this is also one of the strengths of the physical: the ability to resell your game after it is completed in order to invest in the next one.
So let’s not even talk about accessibility: I’m clearly much more likely to find a digital copy of Pathologic HD than to walk around the local Micromania. Online, no problem with seniority or seniority! It’s just easier to share. Still on Steam, just activate Family Sharing and you’re done. No need to lend your copy of the game to your friend, wondering if he will return it to us one day. Which causes you some anxiety.
So the question naturally arises about the possible disappearance of my file. The situation has already arisen recently, for example, with Sony films in Austria. I’m risking. In my personal case, I’m much more capable of slipping a CD than seeing my game erased from my library. I’m not even talking about the risk of theft or scratches. My digital game, I can take it with me everywhere without even thinking about it and without risking losing it. And finally, it goes without saying that with démat we consume less plastic and that their environmental impact is lower than physical games. Everything is said.