Physical vs Digital Games - Patch #168 Post Show

The Patch: Physical vs Digital Games - Patch #168 Post Show

Join Eddy Rivas, Jeremy Dooley, Ashley Jenkins, and Ryan Haywood as they discuss digital vs hard copies, No Man’s Sky and more!

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  • Gamer3427 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold taC terceS

    9 months ago

    I'll fully 100% agree that digital games are more convenient in terms of things like swapping games and getting the copy easier. However, I'll also say that it's really nice to have the quicker install from disc than having to download the entire game, particularly on larger games that have 20gb+ base file size. Also, I will say that there is just something nice to me about having a physical copy of a game you love, which is part of the reason that if I'm excited for a game, I always try to go with a physical copy....

  • sarahsourire FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    10 months ago

    As someone who knows a GameStop GM, they have no control over that preorder thing. Developers/publishers only send them the amount of preorders + maybe 1-5 extra copies, (especially Nintendo.) I think mostly because they want their shipped copy and sold copy numbers to be relatively the same. So it's not GameStop's fault. (And if you KNOW you want a game on the release date, why not preorder? Why are people so bitchy about pre-orders? You're gonna fucking buy it anyway.)

  • mitzt FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Boop!

    10 months ago

    Considering how big of a role he seems to have with The Know part of RT, I hope we keep getting to see Eddy in the patch post show. I can respect his reasons for sticking with physical copies of games but that just makes me think that he doesn't really play PC games since I don't know the last physical copy of a game for PC that I have seen. Steam sales and the sales of their competitors are basically the solution to the reasons Eddy gave for sticking with physical copies.


    Also, since Ashley was interested in using a HOTAS for No Man's Sky, she should instead try using that in VR for Elite: Dangerous. Learning to park your ship at a station using a HOTAS in Elite is a ton of fun in VR. That is what kept me interested in that game during the time when making money was a massive grind that required efficient trade routes and hours of gameplay. Learning to land and park a space ship in VR feels like getting a glimpse into what I would expect teens in the 30th century experience when they are finally able to get their pilot's license. That said, No Man's Sky absolutely needs to rework the way the flight mechanics work on planets because that is just not an enjoyable experience where it could have been some of the most fun flying in the game. They don't need to be afraid of some challenge for something like that, just look at Just Cause 3 and the degree of difficulty to travel via wing suit and the fun that results from gaining a mastery of those mechanics.

    • Whinterfell FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 months ago

      As someone who plays all the current gen systems and PC games I always buy physical games when I can. PC or otherwise. Unless I am buying it on steam or GMG or Origin it will be a hard copy. It is just me though, and I know I am in the minority for this too. But I love seeing the bookshelf of games at times, knowing the history I played them with and what fun times they were. It is also why I never trade in my games anymore either.

  • caseybutler FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold half flannel

    10 months ago

    I just went back to physical games for my consoles. I was digital for a long time and looked at my library on my Xbox and thought how much I wish I had them all physically and switched back. I also buy physical books too so maybe I am just stuck in the past but I just like my collections.

  • JamesLawrenc FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    10 months ago

    I have 190 digital titles in my Xbox One library and 2 physical games. Its much more convenient for me to switch between Xboxes or travel with an external hard drive since it has all the games downloaded on it.

  • trulyalternative FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    10 months ago

    i buy digital simply I don't want to deal with discs and have it take up room but I have found myself moving away from big triple a titles because my internet is absolute garbage and takes several days of constant downloading and not using my internet to download a 50 GB game. So I still occasionally buy physical games because the wait time to download is far too long.

  • AnthonyGonzalez FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Cuban101530

    10 months ago

    Leave EDDY ALONE hahah i still buy physical copies i dont think i will ever switch to digital

  • IsnerPR IsnerPR

    10 months ago

    I buy physical games because my internet takes up to 8 hours sometimes to install anything I purchase digitally. If that wait time was lowered, I'd for sure only by digitally.

  • 1000MCHIEF FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Follow @AH_Michael_dick

    10 months ago

    I still prefer physical disk/disc

  • Baldur5 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    10 months ago

    I buy physical games for one of the same reasons why I only buy physical books: I like having something I can hold, put up on my shelf when I'm done, and see it in my collection

  • Scuzz83 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    10 months ago

    Let's face it, it would really be planet "Yes Dear" (or Edgar 9000)

  • SirCreyn FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold SECOND

    10 months ago

    I went to digital then went back to physical. I don't see that it is such a hassle to go and pick up the game, but then again I do not live that far away from Gamestop. Or I just use Amazon. I also like trading my games in for new games. It's just easier for myself. I do, however, also like digital games whenever I know it's a game I'll play forever.

  • greiton FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    10 months ago

    flight sticks have hand rests on a lot of them.

  • domwatts FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    10 months ago

    My twin and i do the home xbox thing, so we have set our respective home xbox's as each others xbox so we can play games that either one of us buys

  • Tetrapony FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold That pony

    10 months ago

    Can we have more Join Eddy Rivas? he sounds cool to dig into his mind.

  • TROYRUSTY FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    10 months ago

    I bought my Halo 2 copy on release day at Toys r us. It was literally the only place that had any copies left. Also if still want physical games, the best place now is probably amazon with prime. You get a discount and they usually arrive on release day.

  • DavidtheWavid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    10 months ago

    For me it's all about the collection. I like what Telltale does: Give you a physical case with a download code. It's the best of both worlds unless you're short on shelf space. I'm currently in the process of printing out covers to put on empty boxes. Sounds dumb, but hey, I like the collection aspect.


    Thing is, I don't drive and my nearest Gamestop gets robbed every other week, so before Amazon had the 20% discount, I'd just buy digital. Battlefront came out. I hadn't preordered. Bought it. Gears of War download code for $20 on Black Friday while physical is $40? Bought it. Oh, I can get $6.75 for trading in Portal 2 and then buy it for $5 on Xbox Live? Bought it.


    And Eddy has a point about trading in a game if you don't like it or don't want to beat it again.

  • Triforce96 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold SalvaJor

    10 months ago

    gaurentee me that I will be able to play digital games I buy like 20 years or longer from now like I can with n64 games or discs now and I will buy everything digitally from now on.

    • DavidtheWavid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 months ago

      Well Xbox One makes you install games and consistently syncs with the cloud, so even with a physical copy you have to use the internet. While I love physical copies (Damn you, I Am Setsuna), with these always-on consoles they're sort of an inconvenience.


      I'm with you on principle though.