In the past few years, digital gaming has become mainstream, and no longer merely on the fringes of the video game industry. For the serious collectors, there’s still the attraction of getting a physical copy of the game, and this has driven prices of even some rather common video games to horribly inflated prices. Check out the entertaining Game Chasers show if you want advice on collecting old games. Thankfully, since around the late 2000s decade, digital gaming has been steadily on the rise. Playing a purely digital game is certainly not the same as holding a physical cartridge, CD, or game card, but it does have some obvious advantages.
Thanks to services like Steam, Wiiware, Virtual Console(VC), Playstation Network(PSN), and XBox Live(XBL), more older games than ever are available at very affordable prices. Games like the Dynastic Hero, originally for the Turbo Grafx CD and quite rare, is now at a much more affordable price of just 800 Wii points, or eight dollars on the Wii’s Virtual Console. Older games from the Genesis era are also available on XBL and PSN, complete with the manuals but also adding trophies and achievements, giving players more incentive than ever to go back and enjoy the classics once again.
There are also plenty of new and original games that are available only digitally. Not only can you play local co-op, but usually there is online co-op/multiplayer, and downloadable patches and updates, which is something that can’t be done with physical cartridges or CDs. All in all, gamers should be thankful that there are so many options available today.