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#474676 - 03/12/09 03:12 PM The future of AGs - downloads?
chrissie Offline
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Developers/publishers are moving towards offering games as downloads. They often come with code protection but do, I know give them greater remuneration for their work & also reduces the opportunity for piracy early on. Also I think it's great if you can get a game to play in a matter of minutes! thumbsup

I like to hang on to my games so personally can accept this if later either a boxed version or a 'no strings' downloadable version becomes available - i.e. I can copy it to disc to play in the future without the need for 'activation' from the source.

I know I may go on to occasionally buy the download version & then go on to buy the boxed version but for the most part I'd wait or not buy the game at all.

I'm interested to know how many of you feel the same way?

Also how many of you here are not so interested in keeping games & are quite happy to download, play & that's it?

Pleeeeease! - I don't want this to be a thread about all the objections to downloads - we've been there before! Just are you a gamer that likes to keep your games to play again in the future & would like some way of hanging on to them or do you like the idea of downloading a game, playing, uninstalling & going onto the next? smile


Edited by chrissie (03/12/09 03:16 PM)
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#474679 - 03/12/09 03:19 PM Re: The future of AGs - downloads? [Re: chrissie]
lexxy Offline
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Chrissie,
I really can not add anything to what you have stated as I feel the same way. I do see the furture of AG going by way of download and if I want to continue to play them I guess I have no choice but to get on board.


Edited by lexxy (03/13/09 07:56 AM)
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#474681 - 03/12/09 03:21 PM Re: The futrue of AGs - downloads? [Re: chrissie]
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I'm liking more and more the idea of downloading games, now that I am better at it. Or maybe downloads are getting easier to do without too much fuss, like zip files which I just don't understand. I don't save games or play them over so I don't need the boxed ones and downloading is *green* so it is easier on the environment, I think.
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#474682 - 03/12/09 03:23 PM Re: The futrue of AGs - downloads? [Re: sierramindy]
Darleen03 Offline
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My opinion is:

If they will be doing away with boxed games..So be it..

"Hello" to downloads is better then no games at all thumbsup
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#474689 - 03/12/09 03:45 PM Re: The futrue of AGs - downloads? [Re: Darleen03]
chrissie Offline
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Thanks sierramindy, so downloads are good for you! Thanks also lexxy & Darleen - I think to keep our games coming downloads first is the way to go - but do you want boxed versions to follow? & would you buy them if you've already bought the download? - hey! if we want boxed versions we've got to express our interst in having them! smile

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#474693 - 03/12/09 04:10 PM Re: The futrue of AGs - downloads? [Re: chrissie]
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I like downloads to but the trouble I have with them is when I get done playing them I deleted the game and I can't remember where I bought the game if I want to replay it again.
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#474696 - 03/12/09 04:18 PM Re: The futrue of AGs - downloads? [Re: kjos]
Darleen03 Offline
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Hi, chrissie..

I love your avatar..is that a Sphinx?

Well...Yes I do want box games...I will miss them..If it ever comes to be where we have no boxed games...

I also will miss the fact ,that I won't be able to trade anymore frown ...I am sure many will miss the selling aspect of it also..

But...Like I said before...I rather have something ,Then nothing at all...

Also I might add...If it ever comes to it where there is no more box games....Just think what a gamer who has a box game would ask for in price on a sale... eek
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#474704 - 03/12/09 04:43 PM Re: The futrue of AGs - downloads? [Re: Darleen03]
chrissie Offline
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Hi Darleen, thank you! my avatar is the egyptian sun goddess Bastet depicted as a cat - designed & offered to me by a very talented fellow Gameboomer - I think it's lovely too!

If gamers can't trade/sell games anymore will that mean that they can't buy/play as many? Sadly, I think this might be the case for some players with limited funds but I'm hopeful that downloaded games will be followed later by boxed versions. smile




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#474725 - 03/12/09 05:42 PM Re: The futrue of AGs - downloads? [Re: chrissie]
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As you don't want this thread to deal with the drawbacks of downloading I won't go there, but I'm not downloading a game unless it's freeware.
I don't care for the boxes so much, especially not the big ones, but I do want to be able to replay the game at any time without having to ask permission to anyone.
And I do want to keep on borrowing games from the library or buy used games, things that are impossible with download only games (ai, I promised not to do this).

So if they find a way to offer an immediate (not later) 'no strings' download, I'll still prefer the DVD-case but I probably buy it if it's the only way.
Unfortunately, if the choice would be to pay for a download game with activation or have no game, I'll choose the last (I have other hobbies as well grin).
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#474735 - 03/12/09 05:59 PM Re: The futrue of AGs - downloads? [Re: HandsFree]
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Hm, I don't mind downloading games - I've downloaded a few - but there is that concern that they'll eventually be unplayable. I still have games I played in the eighties, and they still work. smile I would feel much better knowing that I could play my downloaded games in twenty years as well if I wanted to.

If there is absolutely no other option available, and I really want the game, I will download it. Otherwise, I will most likely wait for the boxed version.

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#474784 - 03/12/09 07:21 PM Re: The futrue of AGs - downloads? [Re: venus]
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I'd like a DRM-free, boxed or DVD-cased version of any game I think I might want to play again in the future (as in 5 years from now or more). If a game has restrictions on it, like how many times you can install it or if it only works on certain versions of Windows because of the DRM, then I assume it is a "play once and throw away" game at the time I'm buying -- and I expect it to be priced accordingly: $10 or less (maybe I'd pay more if it were a really really really exceptionally good game). But it had better not install any spyware or behavior trackers on my computer or it isn't worth playing at all.

If I knew a DRM-free version would eventually be released, and would be available for those who'd bought the game and wanted the update, then I'd be willing to pay more than $10.

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#474794 - 03/12/09 07:40 PM Re: The futrue of AGs - downloads? [Re: Jenny100]
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I do not like download-only game offerings for all the reasons everyone who agrees with me has already stated so will not repeat here. I like the 'hardcopy' version on CD/DVD. It is my personal choice. I do not trust downloads only because something can go wrong with my computer and then I would be 'out of luck' - with a CD/DVD in my stash I can reinstall any time I need to. (You asked, I reply).
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#474806 - 03/12/09 08:12 PM Re: The futrue of AGs - downloads? [Re: Betty Lou]
harhan3 Offline
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I agree absolutely with HandsFree and Betty Lou.
I dont care how attractive the game is, if it has any strings attached to it such as any sort of DRM impediments I wont buy it however cheap it is.
If it has no conditions so that I can pay, play, copy the game to disks and play it whenever I like and wherever I like just like an ordinary game, of course I will buy it.
I have nothing whatsoever against downloading a game. On the contrary I can get it immediately and probably cheaper especially if its not sold in stores. Its the very bad conditions of DRM which I wont accept.

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#474811 - 03/12/09 08:21 PM Re: The futrue of AGs - downloads? [Re: Betty Lou]
Trinny3 Offline
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I do not download games. I have said this many times on different threads. I have very slow dial up Internet. So it takes very long time to download even a demo hardwall. I also love having the box or case version catrub. Having them is a good memory of the game I played, the adventure it took me on. It is like saving a old book you treasured, I treasure my games I played. Once in a while you reread a old book, I replay a old game. You cannot treasure a download like that. I hope they don't ever stop makeing the box version, it will be a sad day for me if they do sad.

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#474824 - 03/12/09 08:30 PM Re: The futrue of AGs - downloads? [Re: Trinny3]
Becky Offline
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I'm spoiled by having dozens of games in my yet-to-be-played pile. I do occasionally replay, but only rarely. I will never have time to replay most of the games I own, and I usually prefer going on to new games. There are so many appealing new games (plus the oldies-but-goodies that I'll probably never have time to get to).

Downloads are fine with me.

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