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Poll: Physical or Digital

Which distribution type do you prefer?

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#1 compl3x


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 14:04

Simple enough question. Let's see how people are obtaining their games and why they prefer one type over the other.

#2 +Lingwo


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 14:10

I prefer physical. Same with most things though.

I prefer physical music, dvds, blu-rays.


Not that i'm close minded. I know digital has its benefits (love netfix) but there is something about having the physical item. With the artwork and having it on a shelf along with the others.

I guess it might be because when i was a kid, it was only physical. So i've kind have been bought up that way.

#3 Crisp


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 14:13



Steam and Xbox One - no disc swapping, no lost discs, no damaged discs. Download and play.

#4 Jarrichvdv


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 14:14

I thought I preferred physical. But now with my Xbox One I tried to go all digital and to be honest I never felt so relieved never having to worry about game discs and where they may be. That alone is so convenient that it completes negates the need for a physical retail copy

#5 OP compl3x


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 14:19

Here in Aus, digital copies can be => a digital copy. Ridiculous stuff.

#6 Pusska In Boots

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 14:19

I like to collect the cases however not having to get up to change disk is quite nice. I guess it's down to price and the game I am buying.

#7 Charisma



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 14:20

I do download games sometimes and find it very convenient... but for games I really love, I want the physical copy. I... can't fully explain why--just feels more like 'mine', I guess. I like having the manual and booklet and sometimes the cool posters that come with it (I have one hanging on the wall behind my console, actually) and etc. I'll usually install the game so it loads more quickly and doesn't put as much wear on the disc, so in that respect it's not much different than a purely digital copy for usability.


I will say that I have trouble with region-locking, and that simply doesn't happen with digital copies, so there are many benefits to not fussing with discs. I'm sure at some point I'll change my mind and 'get with the times' :p


turn down that music, get off my lawn, etc etc

#8 Skiver


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 14:22

I think in the theory side, I would be happy with digital however limited storage and none comeptitive marketplace is probably me back from going fully digital.

#9 Dotdot



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 14:23

Physical unless it isnt an option.

#10 derkim



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 14:24

Today digial because I dont need to be afraid to lose something, I can download it ever and ever again.

#11 +Frank B.

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 14:24


#12 dipsylalapo


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 14:25

Digital now. :)


For those saying they like physical for the manuals/artwork etc. Aren't you finding more and more games come without any of that? Unless you splash and but the limited edition

#13 TPreston


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 14:26

Digital. But bloatware is a dealbreaker for me.


if I need to install something other than your game (bar .net and directx) in order to play your game aka bloatware no sale;

#14 +Audioboxer


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 14:27

Physical, I like a collection and my internet speed isn't good at all, 3.5mb. While I don't really sell or trade anything, letting my GF and friends borrow games happens often and I for one would not be paying digital console prices in the UK. I just picked up Rayman Legends for £22 at launch for the PS4, its probably £40 on PSN.

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 14:28

Physical preferably, but I do plenty of digital too, GOG for example.  Digital stuff I download get burned to a disc anyway as a backup just so it saves time later.  Faster than re-downloading a few gigs+.