Architecture. (Gaming)

by MacAddictXIV @, Seattle WA, Sunday, May 17, 2020, 18:18 (770 days ago) @ Cody Miller

Ah, yeah, we’ve been doing it forever, so it must be the best way, right?

I haven’t bought a disc in five years.

I'm with cheapLEY on this one. I think having single use storage devices is kinda wasteful and although practical for a time is still not worth it. Not to mention it is also isn't as reliable. What if you lose it? break it? Just doesn't work with your Xbox? Software on a server somewhere will always be there as long as it's supported. And it has infinite backup.

Let's look at my own history with this.

I've broken and lost zero games on physical media. They all still work.

I've lost access to three games I purchased digitally (Bioshock Infinite, and two Telltale series (Back to the future, Sam & Max). The telltale games simply won't work, since the server check in is dead. Bioshock Infinite was pulled from the Mac store since it is 32 bit, and I can't re-download it even though I am not running Catalina.

Your current hardware lost access to it, not you in general.

It's way more reliable to go physical.

I completely disagree with this. But that's mostly because I don't collect old hardware. Also, my shit breaks.

You said it yourself: "as long as it's supported". Physical media requires zero support.

Physical largely ensures you can play your game with new hardware too: with interpreters, patchers, and backward compatibility.

The second sentence counters the first sentence...

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