Weekend Hot Topic, Part 1: What was the last physical game you bought?

The next generation hasn’t killed the boxed copy yet (Photo: Sony)

The reader reveals when he last purchased a physical copy of the game, not digitally. It can also mean going back a long way.

The subject of this week’s hot topic was suggested by reader Grant and asked if the last boxed copy of the game purchased was new or used. Why did you buy it physically instead of the digital version? Is that the usual reason?

Most readers admit that they buy most of their games digitally because of their convenience and rising prices, but interestingly, many didn’t realize until they replied to this hot topic. did.

Recent purchases
The last game I physically bought was the Sackboy: PlayStation 5 Adventure. Buy second-hand from a well-known high street retailer for one-third of your digital cost and sell it in a few weeks. It’s returned to them – overall, it costs me about £ 15. This is compared to £ 60, which costs to buy digitally.

If you have a game that you know will play in the long run, buy it digitally. For example, the new Gran Turismo. But for short single-player games, I think it’s strange that people are abandoning physical discs because of digital options. It’s a bit painful to have to change discs once in a while, but during the lifetime of the PlayStation 4, buying and reselling physical discs saved me hundreds of pounds.

I’m grateful for the declining minorities, but it’s a sad day when I can’t buy physicals anymore.
Antony, London

There is no future
The last physical game I bought was Doom: The Classics Collection on Switch, but it’s a pre-order, so it will take a while to arrive.

I bought it physically because that’s the way I like my game. The collection has been available digitally for quite some time. I physically buy almost every console game. Only move to digital if it’s very clear that the game doesn’t come out physically. This is entirely based on taste. I’m worried that storage will disappear in 10 years and the digital store will no longer exist and can be re-downloaded. You can also purchase from, which offers an offline installer. After that, it’s up to me to back up to multiple locations and I don’t have to worry about the store going down.

The reduction in physical copy is very worrisome to me, especially at the same time making it difficult to save the game. I’m an avid retro gamer, but I’m worried that I won’t be able to return to these games in 20 to 30 years, like the NES and Megadrive games. Only buy the limited edition if you have something interesting, such as a CD soundtrack, that isn’t available otherwise. Most limited editions are full of uninteresting tats that can clog your home, like the recent Monkey Island that Limited Run games have done.
Sir Dark Storm

Sorry about the manual
Hmm … Did you buy a physical copy in the last game? I haven’t owned a console since Wii / PlayStation 2 and have been playing games on my PC ever since, so that’s actually a really hard question to answer! Now I know I bought Bioshock. Because it was in a nice can – so what was it? 2007? I know I have either Grid or Grid: Autosport as a hard copy, so it’s 2008 or 2014 (I’m not going to check the loft), so it’s at least 7 years, maybe 13 years ..

The problem is that I’m not really that crazy about physical copying.

When the game was offered in a double-sized cassette box for full-priced games (£ 8 to £ 10 per pop) and a single cassette box for Codemasters and other budget games (£ 1.99 per pop) I remember that. After that, with the advent of the 16-bit era, I put two discs in a huge box. I swear, they saw about the size of the paper ream you had to store somewhere from it (OK I’m exaggerating but not so much!) (I’m packaging waste I think it was irrelevant at that time).

Fortunately, the move to CD has settled things down. However, except for the lack of a manual, I’m happy to download it. The tutorial level means that the manual is completely irrelevant anyway. Games on PC are pretty cheap, and there’s more than you can actually play, let alone the store.

I know why some people like physics games, but now I think it’s a bit like buying or streaming records.
Man observes

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Surprising revelation
I can’t remember the last game I physically purchased. Without noticing until I write this, I tend to buy most of the games digitally.

We are very fortunate to have a close family member who is willing to buy games for birthdays and Christmas gifts. So I have a collection of physical games, but I haven’t bought one myself. I don’t have much time to play games every week (2 times, maybe 3 times, up to 3 hours sessions) so these gifts give me a backlog of the game so I’m always waiting for them to be sold To get a new game until.

Because of this, I can usually get great deals on sale at regular PlayStation stores or Nintendo eShop. If you find a fair amount of money, or if you want to buy a gift for someone else, continue to buy physically, but from my experience, the physical game goes to the same level as the digital version. It rarely drops.

Therefore, the main reason for buying games digitally is cost (although it’s well outside the launch window).

Another reason is that we are playing more indie games where physical copies are not available. I’m currently playing on Outer Wilds, then Hades lined up, neither of which had a physical copy available at the time of purchase (I think Hades currently has a physical release, but some time ago I don’t know if it’s Outer because I bought it in Wilds was physically released).

GC: It did, but only through limited execution.

Turning point
I honestly can’t remember when I bought a physical copy of the game. I’m not a digital download evangelist, but I think it’s better than the physical one now.

The biggest obvious problem is that the first day is too expensive, but today it just doesn’t work, so as far as I know it’s foolish to buy something on the first day. However, digital sales have improved significantly in recent years, and with a little patience, you can get deals that are often better than stores.

Another problem, obviously not trade-in, turned out to be balanced by sharing costs with friends through game sharing. This is a very welcome feature, and with the added convenience of not having to store games on shelves or change discs, it’s now almost 100% digital.

Ultimate exception
This is a good question. I honestly don’t know. This is a testament to how much digital has been inherited from today’s physical things. I think it’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Due to the limited storage of the console, Switch tends to buy more physics than other formats.

Super Smash Bros. is a big game, but I don’t want to download or delete it all the time because it’s a game I always want to play right away. If that wasn’t the problem, I think it would be 95% digital at this point.

Next generation discount
The last physical copy of the game I bought was a remake of Demon’s Souls on the PlayStation 5. The stacked promotions at Curry’s cost only £ 50, so I bought it in mid-January before ordering the console.

That was an important factor in my decision to buy the physical version. Given that the game was less than two months old at the time, it’s a good sign that we were able to get a PlayStation 5 exclusive under that worryingly high £ 70 RRP.

Having a physical version is easy for many, but a little more balanced, as digital copies are often expensive (at least before and after launch) and can’t make money from future digital sales. I’m getting it.

Currently, all major consoles have game sharing capabilities for digital copying, so you could pay up to £ 70 on the first day for a standard version of a new game, but as long as you’re coordinating with the person you’re sharing with. You can do the following. You can pay half of it or get the next release without paying anything.

Last generation had free access to games like Ghost Of Tsushima and God Of War on the first day, but my brother downloaded The Last Of Us Part 2 and Red Dead Redemption 2. You can easily borrow discs from each other. Download it and you won’t hang out for weeks waiting for access.

In that respect, whether I buy digital or physical depends on how much I want to keep the game, the size of the disc-digital price difference, and how much my brother wants to play. For my recent purchase, he wasn’t bothered by trying out souls-type games. It was £ 20 cheaper on discs, so you can choose to keep it permanently or sell it if you think you won’t go. Now I have platinum.

Given the number of digital copies of the game I have now (and admit that this seemed to sneak up on me), I thought these variables would convince me to buy a physical copy. Notice that it is less regular than it is.

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