Morning Discussion

Digital is brilliant. We might gripe and moan that our favourite game is no longer in print but thanks to the wonders of digital doohickery, when that game resurfaces it'll be identical to the one we've been lusting after.

I've been trying to track down some hardcover comic book collections lately, only to find certain volume are out of print and can only be found on eBay at exorbitant prices. Similar new collections are being printed but they'll either be softcover, or a smaller format, or collect a different number of issues, or have poorer stock, or lack certain bonus features--they're all different. Which is a nuisance. It's even worse with books.

Planescape: Torment, however, might have taken a decade to be reprinted but the game on my £20 ($30) 2009 reissue is identical to the 1999 original. Yes, it's now on DVD and comes in a flimsy case without a manual or any swish extras but the game itself is the same delightful Torment. Which is fantastic. Hooray for the future.

Let's continue to gripe and moan that our favourite classics have yet to be re-released but also celebrate just how amazing it all is. With GOG, Steam and other digital distributors continuing to mine publishers' catalogues, the gift of digital media will keep on giving. I might possibly have written all this in an attempt to ease my frustrations over System Shock 2 still being lost in a dark, dark void of unavailability.

From The Chatty
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    April 13, 2010 5:09 AM

    Early chatty, eh?

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      April 13, 2010 5:10 AM

      It's back-timed to keep the latest Gears of War 3 doodad up top.

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        April 13, 2010 5:14 AM

        4:20am everyday.

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        April 13, 2010 5:15 AM

        I care not for Gears3. i think i stopped playing the first one halfway through.

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          April 13, 2010 5:21 AM

          I haven't played any of them. I was going to get Gears of War for co-op on Windows but the first version of GFWL was awful and put me off something fierce. It still costs £15 new too, which is more than I'm willing to pay for something that might be fun but will probably make me furious at its ham-fisted tech.

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            April 13, 2010 5:25 AM

            my PC hated Gears on windows. maybe thats why i didnt enjoy it that much. the game mechanic was nice for a bit tho. then it turned into flank, flank, flank. which isnt my run and gun style. i dislike Mass Effect2 for this reason also.

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          April 13, 2010 5:25 AM

          They're okay. They're pretty much the ultimate example of the polished, big-budget "experience" games with shallow, generic gameplay that are the bane of this console generation.

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        April 13, 2010 5:17 AM

        Goodie. Can't wait to co-op through this won like the last two with my buddy.

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          April 13, 2010 6:45 AM

          yup same here. nothing but love for Gears. Though i have only played them coop which makes most things awesome.

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