Michael Blaker’s Video Game Tuesday: Physical Copies of Games

Michael Blaker
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Hey all, I’m back with a question for all you readers. It’s all about physical copies of games.

Physical Copies?: My question is thus: Do you still prefer buying physical copies of games even though most are now available digitally?

Personally, I am torn on the subject. I do like having a physical copy of a game because that means I can pop it into the console or PC and play it at any time. I still have an old Nintendo DS somewhere in storage with a few titles I’ve played occasionally well past their consoles end of support like Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, which is one of my more favored DS games. I also own a couple GameBoy Advance games like Metroid Fusion and Metroid: Zero Mission. Yet I can’t disagree that it’s nice not to have to go searching for said cartridges when I want to play an older title and instead just download it onto my device.

There is also the chance that physical copies will go away one day all together, which would probably also put most game stores out of business. Thankfully, we are not there yet, but most if not all games do have the ability to download and play with digital copies.

I still have Tales of Berseria downloaded on my PlayStation 5 despite it being released on the PlayStation 4 over seven years ago because I’ll probably get back to it eventually and do a New Game Plus run through one of these days. Additionally with consoles, I’ve noticed that when playing with physical copies that it causes the console itself to run a bit louder. This isn’t as big an issue, particularly early on in the console’s life span, but it can become more problematic later on. My PlayStation 4 is quite loud when I load up SpiderMan on it for example, and I attribute this to being an older console that’s gotten a lot of use.

That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday.

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