....makes me sad to see games I've paid $20-30 for on BFG where I pay $7.99 a game. I can't believe Ghost In The Sheet is there so soon! ......
I was surprised to see Ghost in The Sheet available so soon after it's release - like you I've just paid the full wack + shipping for the game, as I have done for many of the other AGs now available at low cost for BFG members.
If you are the sort of gamer that likes to play a game, trade then move onto the next, I can see the annoyance, but I like to keep my games & would rather pay more to have the flexibility of a disc version - so for me not so sad! - in fact I can only see the positive side.
Peter, I've got to agree with Becky that the economic viability has to lie in the volume of sales.
I choose to go without other luxuries so that I can buy every new AG I want on disc.
I now also, because I am a member of BFG, spend more on casual games - if I had to pay $19.99 for each one I wouldn't play them at all so that's $6.99 each time as opposed to $0.00!! Also, although I enjoy them I do view most of them as 'throwaway' but I do have 1 or 2 favourites so if I come across a disc version I may buy it at the higher price (bearing in mind I have already paid $6.99) & I'm sure I'm not the only one!
As for large download AGs - for anyone on a small budget does this not give them the opportunity to buy & experience more games for the price of 1 rather than have to limit their choice? So this must lead to more games being sold so surely this has to generate more income for everyone involved in game production? Also more people may be encouraged to try Adventures & possibly, as I do for casual game favourites, pursue a disc version later on!