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Why Physical Copies are better than Downloads



Cordova, TN; May 23, in the year of our Lord 2014--Family Friendly Gaming, the industry leader in covering the family friendly video games is completely behind physical copies of video games, television shows, and movies. While the rest of the industry is repeating what the companies say, Family Friendly Gaming is thinking for themselves. Family Friendly Gaming continues to be an advocate for the rights of consumers. Even if we are the only gaming site willing to take a bold, important, and appropriate stance on this issue. This is an opinion piece. Almost every news story on every gaming site is an opinion piece of some form.

Trade, give a way, and sell games
When you have a physical copy of a game in your possession you can trade it with others. You can give a physical copy of a game away to charities, or even as a gift to a family member. You can also sell that physical copy of a game to recoup some of the money you spent on the game in the first place. None of this can be down with a download version of a game. Unless you trade, give a way, or sell the entire device it is on - like a hard drive or the entire system. Even then some games are tied to one account like the Wii, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS. Physical copies are so much better in this realm.

See a game and decide to play it
I see a game laying down, or in a pile, and say: “hey I want to play that.” It is simple, easy and convenient. With a download game, I have to turn a machine on, and scroll (as long as it is currently on that machine and has not been deleted due to lack of space issues). There is an old phrase: “out of sight, out of mind.” When I do not see a game, I do not think of it. I am not interested in playing what I do not see. When I see a game case, I get way more interested in playing it, than an icon on a system. Plus I generally go to a system wanting to play a specific game. A physical copy of a game. Again physical copies are the way to go.

More space outside than in hard drives
I don’t know about you, but I am constantly having to delete games on video game systems because there is not enough room to download something else. We have way more space in the real world for physical copies than space on the hard drives of these machines. Plus there is the problem of Internet usage limits by the ISP. Only so much memory can be downloaded in a month or a hefty fine is sent our way. With a physical copy of a game I don’t have to worry about that. I pop it in, and start playing. No Internet usage drain with physical copies.

Believe it or not, video games, DVDs, Blu-rays, and more are collectible items. There are rare video games that return a nice return on your financial investment. That is if you own a physical copy. You are not going to collect downloadable games, and make massive money off of them. Plus who cares to watch you boot up all kinds of different machines to show off a collection? Take them into a gaming room with thousands of games, and memorabilia - watch their eyes light up at the collection you have created. Plus it is always a treat to look at your own collection from time to time. Pick out an older game, and have a retro session. Only with physical copies of products.

Use on multiple machines
When you download a video game, it is then tied down to that machine. But when you have a physical copy of a game you can take it out, and use it on another machine. The Nintendo 3DS needs to charge and you do not want to be wired to the outlet. Let it charge, and play the game on the Nintendo 2DS. That is as long as you have a physical copy of the game. You can take your physical copies of games to a friends house and swap games out during a fun gaming sessions. No fussing that they are mistreating your expensive hand held device. If you want to use the same game on more than one machine you need a physical copy.

Art work on cases and manuals
People consistently talk about the artwork inside video games. Have you spent the time looking at the art work inside the cases and manuals? Pretty neat looking. Plus there is all this wonderful information found within the manuals. I know some companies have created online versions of manuals, and even allow gamers to look at them on the television screen. Well squint at them may be more appropriate since they are hard to see. There is something special about physically turning the page of a manual. There is something majestic about holding a case in your hand. Downloads take away that feeling, and make the products disposable. The value is lessened with downloads. Physical copies provide so much more, and a better experience.

God bless,
Paul Bury
Family Friendly Gaming


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