Hey Somethings, Podcast Rob here…
There’s been a disturbing trend as of late of physical media. Going away. From retailers no longer carrying DVDs, to the video game industry openly embracing cloud gaming and downloadable games, it seems like the days of physically owning your gaming and movie content are going by the wayside. Personally, I’ve never been a quote” collector… Sure. I’ve owned DVDs, but never with the intent. Purpose of collecting them. As far as gaming goes, whenever I had my consoles, I never had more than two to three games per console… Mostly due to cost…. And now that I’m a PC gamer, all of my games are downloadable. Anyway, either steam or epic games or Xbox Game pass.
That said, it’s fairly disturbing to hear. Video game companies say that gamers are going to have to get used to buying games but not really owning them. When a company can just turn off access to a game that you’ve paid 50, 60, $70 or more for, that just sounds unconscionable. I can understand paying a monthly fee to Netflix or Max or Paramount Plus and one month the streaming service says well. We’re no longer carrying this movie. But for a company to say this thing that you have explicitly bought access to you no longer have access to just seems like theft.
The future going forward does indeed seem to be cloud gaming. It’s not like the profit margins on physical games weren’t already astronomical, but now to not only be able to make more profit but control, and more importantly, turn off access to seems like a very bad faith slope for game companies to go down.
Now, to play devil’s advocate, how much will gamers really be hurt by it? How many games can be played strictly and exclusively offline without any sort of internet connection or cloud-based connection that needed? When a game developer shuts down game servers, it doesn’t matter if I own the physical copy of the game. If I can’t connect to the game servers anymore then that game is useless. No?
Is it something to seriously be concerned about? Is it one more nail in the coffin of the relationship between game developers and game players? Is it all just manufactured outrage? I suppose the future will hold the answer.
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