Originally Posted by comfynumb
Where are you getting the latest games for 5 or ten dollars?
There are quite a few places, but just to name a few: amazon, Steam, Origin, GameFly and Green Man Gaming. Like I said, you have to wait a few months, but the sales come quickly for most games. I just did a quick scan of my order history on amazon. I got Spec Ops: The Line for $2.50 on amazon 5 months after release. Max Payne 3 for $9.99 6 months later. I also got, Dead Space 2, Medal of Honor (horrible game), Crysis 2, Bulletstorm, Metro 2033 and Saints Row The Third amongst others all for $4.99 or less. You won't find a brand new release for that price on launch, but wait a couple months and you'll often find it for less than $25. Just keep an eye out for deals, and be patient.
Originally Posted by Gamereviewgod
I went to Gamestop last night. They had Wii games on clearance for $2.96, and they were Buy 2, Get 1 free. Not only do I have them to play and lend, I have no need to worry about servers going out. You can get physical media cheaper than digital in almost all cases with the same amount of time, just a little more effort. PC gamers simply chose to dive in and it's a shame.
Steam has no official policy regarding their service's demise either. I always hear, "Gabe said he'll remove the DRM!" Great, but what's in the EULA? Nothing. Think Steam is invincible? People thought that about Sega in the early '90s too. The reality is that Steam needs the publishers, but publishers don't need Steam. Same goes for Netflix and the movie studios. For as much as people fight it, they'll end up on Origin if it's something they want to play.
We didn't choose to dive in. We weren't given a choice. You either adapted to the changing landscape, or you simply weren't capable of playing the newest games. Also, comparing Wii games to core PC games is like comparing VHS to Blu-ray. PC gamers don't spend so much on hardware to play games that look like they were made 15 years ago. But no. I don't think Steam is invincible, but I also don't see it going anywhere over the next decade. And much like Steam, Origin had a bit of a rocky beginning, but they've worked out most of the kinks already (security issues notwithstanding). As a BF3 player, I got saddled with Origin from day one, but it's pretty unobtrusive now.
I know this thread was intended more for movies/music, but what you see happening in the gaming industry (not just with PC, but with the next-gen consoles like the PS4 and Xbox 720), can illustrate some of the things we may see soon on this side of things as well.
Here's my question (piggybacking on what others have said): Much like we (PC gamers) were forced to accept the change, if the movie studios decided to adopt a similar strategy as the PC gaming industry, what would people do? So many of us are fans of film and television (obviously, being on avs), are you all really ready to give up on all that if you were forced to a similar model for all new releases starting January 1st 2014? While I do like my BDs, I can honestly say that I wouldn't be averse to a Steam-like service for movies. Of course, this would require movie studios playing nicely with each other, but I think we're still in the early stages of development. 10 years from now, who knows? Maybe we'll look back and wonder why we were ever worried in the first place.