Evening Reading: Digital Distribution and You!

By Brian Leahy, Mar 01, 2010 5:00pm PST

Portal 2 evidence?

As I sit and wait for Steam to finally go live with the pre-load for Battlefield: Bad Company 2--it might be live by the time you read this--my thoughts turn to how much PC gaming has changed for me since digital distribution became more prevalent. As consoles become more profitable and retail stores began cutting back on shelf space for PC games, it was harder to snag a new game on release day (without pre-ordering).

Now, I can purchase a game and pre-load it so that the moment it is released, I get access. I've seen a few users complain about "not owning" these digital games or express concerns about their digital library if any of these digital services go under. All valid concerns, but I'll blindly trust my digital overlords for the convenience.

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Tonight's Game of the Evening is:

Homeworld - "Probably the most atmospheric RTS ever made. For such a simple story, it managed to make a lot of people turn into big sissies on the 3rd mission. One of the last games to have a real manual, too." (Beady)

I too miss manuals! Especially now that all of my PC games are digital and console game manuals are barely three pages long.

Here are some videogame stories from today:

Also, StarCraft II vortex nukes! (Thanks, Felraier)

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  • Quote: "Now, I can purchase a game and pre-load it so that the moment it is released, I get access. I've seen a few users complain about "not owning" these digital games or express concerns about their digital library if any of these digital services go under. All valid concerns, but I'll blindly trust my digital overlords for the convenience."

    Eh I wouldn't call this convenience.... I couldn't pre-load bad company 2 on steam, and now the servers are overloaded while everyone is trying to download 5 GB of game data. If it was actually downloading at 500 Kb/sec it would take 3 hours, but at this rate it'll be tomorrow before it's down. Seeing how it would take me less than 30 minutes to drive to the store, buy it and then drive home, downloading this isn't exactly convenient.