Gaming industry facing troubles
BBC NEWS | Technology | Alarm sounded over game futures
So, the Chinese companies rely on digital downloads - good on them, that is my preferred way of getting new games too. However, the western companies don't seem to understand that they need to make these services attractive for people to use them.
I just bought GTA IV for PC on DVD for £14.99. It was either that or buy it via Steam for £26.99. That is nearly double the price, and I'd be the one doing the hard work of downloading the thing.
Ok, EA games seems to have cottoned on to this fact a little - the C&C range of games does change in price as time goes by, but that's just one developer.
Another issue I've had with digital downloads is the reliability of the 'authentication' servers. There was a period of time when the Battlefield 2142 server, which tells the game whether we actually paid for it, was down for roughly 2 weeks...
Any thoughts? Which method of buying games do you prefer?