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#209883 - 10/02/07 11:42 AM Download vs Hard Copy
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Lately I see that a lot of the publishers are offering the download versions of newer games.

I was wondering the reason's for this...Is it because it is cheaper? I would think DVDs & packaging are expensive.

Also is it cheaper to download...Is the price the same for both?
I do hope that hard copies don't become extinct. headscratch
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#209900 - 10/02/07 12:15 PM Re: Download vs Hard Copy [Re: Darleen03]
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You're asking about publishers.

There are many factors involved in selling games. PR, middleman which can be the distributors in specific areas; then the retailers that get the game from the distributors, boxes which can include graphics, designers...; legal matters...

Ah. It's like any business trying to get the product faster, cheaper to the consumer.

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#210005 - 10/02/07 03:32 PM Re: Download vs Hard Copy [Re: MaG]
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I prefer boxed versions - but many times - the wait for those boxes seems (and can turn out to be) forever. Or they are released, but for a variety of reasons (limited retailers who only ship locally, or they do but the shipping doubles the price of the game etc) well you get the point. Yep the game is out there - but not in a way YOU can get your hands on it - no matter what.

Well I like the idea I can DL the game and get the game in some format. Sometimes that may even be the ONLY way to get a game. frown

So I think any way that enables gamers - wherever they are to get their hands on a game in the language version they need - can't be a bad thing. And as long as people still like their boxes (which a good many do - even action gamers) I don't think they'll do away with boxed versions any time soon laugh


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#210036 - 10/02/07 04:34 PM Re: Download vs Hard Copy [Re: gatorlaw]
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Thanks MaG & gatorlaw..

I was really concerned about this..Cause alot of people still have dial -up...Which would make it impossible to download..

Also..tweaking a game that is downloaded I think would be a problem.. duh
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#210039 - 10/02/07 04:38 PM Re: Download vs Hard Copy [Re: Darleen03]
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Originally Posted By: Darleen2003
Lately I see that a lot of the publishers are offering the download versions of newer games.

I was wondering the reason's for this...


Mainly distribution I think. Finding a distributor/publisher in certain countries is problematic

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Is it because it is cheaper? I would think DVDs & packaging are expensive.


It's also expensive to maintain a server that can accomodate large downloads at a reasonably fast speed.

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Also is it cheaper to download...Is the price the same for both?

Sometimes, sometimes not. Check the prices for individual games. The Awakened was $30 for the download when it first came out. When the US version was released it was also $30.

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#210063 - 10/02/07 05:28 PM Re: Download vs Hard Copy [Re: Jenny100]
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Boy, tell me about it,
I,m one of those poor souls who still has dial-up, thought I was going to download some game demos until I saw the size of the


files, and just laughed or cried. Whatever. Dunn Tawkin

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#210084 - 10/02/07 05:55 PM Re: Download vs Hard Copy [Re: Dunn Tawkin]
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I also prefer games on cd. I can't put download in my collection smile

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#210179 - 10/02/07 09:40 PM Re: Download vs Hard Copy [Re: danyboy]
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I have two games that I bought via download both Blackwell games. I burned both game files to a cd for safe keeping. Over the years I have learned files on the hard drive are not always safe. or for that matter are they on the cd. So you make two copies. Why did I download them? Because I was in a hurry to get them. Not always the wise and prudent choice. The downloaded copies present another problem as well.

I don't imagine you can trade them on Gameboomers! Can you Ana/mods? So had I been patient and spent a couple dollars more I could trade the hard copy version if I chose. In my opinion, which may or may not agree with other people's, downloads should cost less. I don't know the total cost to produce one form versus the other nor do I care. Downloaded versions limit the purchaser's ability to use them which is far more restrictive. That is why I can't see paying the same or higher price for a product that limits how I can use it. Give it to me on the cheap and I'll consider your restrictions. But don't try to sell me a restricted product for the same price or more because of convience. In the long run the download is far from convienent


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#210182 - 10/02/07 09:45 PM Re: Download vs Hard Copy [Re: oldmariner]
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You are correct in your assumption oldmariner. Downloads may not be traded or sold so it does limit your ability to recoup some costs after you played.

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#210191 - 10/02/07 09:57 PM Re: Download vs Hard Copy [Re: oldmariner]
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Some games I enjoy the big boxes - they look nice on the shelf (adventure games to me are like books) but lately they've been coming in those tiny dvd sized boxes. The Longest Journey I didn't buy when it was new, so by the time they re-released it it was only in a small little CD case. Same with Black Mirror. I might as well have bought them downloaded.

I make an exception for casual games because they range from 10-80 megs. 80 is still a bit much, but adventure games are like 500mb and up. whistle

When publishers started selling e-books, the blogosphere was talking about how it's going to kill the printing industry and bookstores...didn't happen. I love my hardcovers. hearts
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#210216 - 10/02/07 11:55 PM Re: Download vs Hard Copy [Re: Sally(MG)]
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I prefer the CD .Even if it costs more .Just a daft question .When you pay for a game and download it onto you computor is it illeagal to put it on your own CD ta

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#210218 - 10/03/07 12:32 AM Re: Download vs Hard Copy [Re: dragonuk44]
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I don't know if it is or not. What I do know is it is mine! I bought it they sold it to me. Therefore that particular "copy" no longer belongs to them. If I want to back it up on a cd I will. It's like if I buy a shirt you can't tell me how to wear it.

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#210222 - 10/03/07 12:53 AM Re: Download vs Hard Copy [Re: oldmariner]
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Even in regular boxed CD games, you are allowed to make a backup CD.

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#210401 - 10/03/07 11:52 AM Re: Download vs Hard Copy [Re: MaG]
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but are you allowed to trade like we do with the CDS

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#210403 - 10/03/07 11:54 AM Re: Download vs Hard Copy [Re: dragonuk44]
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Dragon -- as Ana mentioned earlier, you are not allowed to trade a game that you have downloaded onto a CD.

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