February 14th, 2008
As I mentioned some time ago I am currently on a quest to complete my video game collection. Now despite the growing success of the digital download services, I refuse to use these services to complete my collection. As a gamer of most of the generations that these services cover I feel as though should own as many original copies as feasible. Its my responsibility.
Not everyone is a stubborn as me when it comes to digital downloads. But I’m sure that these services have encouraged new gamers to perhaps take a look around at eBay or second hand stores to see what is available to them in hard copy format. So it begs the questions for both the hardened collector and the person that is thinking about the prospects of collecting. Should I choose Hard copy collecting or Digital distribution or even a mixture of both?
Its topic has probably become a little redundant now but for those still on the fence:
Owning the Original Cartridge or CD
- You physically own the game and its contents; manual, box, publisher propaganda, a world map and in some cases a free watch or soundtrack (Killer Instinct)
- You can use the original game pad that the game was made for and enjoy the game how it was originally intended to be played
- You get to build up a neat little game collection to impress your mates and pull chicks
- If you are a bargain hunter then you will definitely get a kick out of buying retro games
- Do you enjoy continuously blowing inside a cartriage?
- Often it can be quite difficult to find a complete game let alone a game that comes with a box
- Should you really need to pay through the nose? Just to get the original copy?
- Do you like being overcharged for shipping?
- Original games (especially when bought off eBay) generally cost more than their digital counterpart
- If you don’t have the console already then you’ll have to buy that too as well as any additional accessories
- You physically need to store your games
- Carts won’t last forever
- You can build up a great supply of games in less than an hour = instant satisfaction
- Slowdown and other issues due to the original console’s hardware go away because you are playing the game on a superior machine
- Upgrades to existing games like online mode force inferiority onto original games
- There is a constant stream of games being added to these services, so there is always something to look forward to
- You can buy games never originally released in your region
- Save on room space
- Games often receive visual upgrades (sharper, high resolution)
- Peripheral orientated games more than likely won’t be ported over
- No physical objects, no complementary gimmick
- You don’t get to play on the original pad
- A number of Virtual Console games don’t allow for 60hz
- There will always be more physical games to choose from
- Some downloadable games actually have less features than the original
- There is no bargain hunting, you always have to pay premium price
- Retro gaming compilations can save you a wallet full of cash
- You have the guilt of feeling like a n00b for never owning the original
I hope that this dot point guide helps you decide which path to go down. A mixture of both is always good as well.