Wow, long time no see folks; been ages since I wrote a rant. But seeing as how I’m feeling pretty ranty, I think it’s about time to write up a new one.
Yesterday, out of the blue, I decided to try out Sony’s Day 1 Digital thingy and pre-ordered Dishonored through PSN. Since my console was set to automatically update at midnight, I figured my PS3 would flip on and automatically download the game, since Dishonored is out today.
Well it’s still not downloaded.
And it’s the same case with every other person who pre-ordered through Sony’s Day 1 Digital.
I’ve checked over and over and over again, but the game is STILL not available for download. It was then I realized that it never actually stated WHEN I could download the game when I purchased it; a message popped up telling me to come back on the day of release to check for my download…but it never gave me a time.
There are 24 hours in a day. That’s a lot of hours. With a message as vague as “check back on this day” it could mean anything. Hell, I might not be able to get the game until 11pm tonight.
After sifting through forums and complaints, I read a response that stated that “it’s up to the publisher as to when the game is released”. And here I am thinking: people actually want to rely solely on digital distribution?
Really people? This is what you want to rely on? You want to leave the delivery of your games up to your internet connection and the will of the publishers?
Granted, platforms like Steam have proven to be incredibly reliable for releasing content. But I still don’t like the idea of relying so heavily on digital distribution, although, with titles like Dishonored, Borderlands 2, and Resident Evil 6 up for download on console, it looks like that’s where the industry might be headed. Of course, for all these titles you can still buy the discs at retailers. It’s just scary to see how heavily the industry is relying on this distribution method when there are still so many bugs and faults with the system.
Although high speed internet is becoming available in more and more areas, switching solely to digital distribution would still cut off a large percentage of gamers from the community; not everyone has a high speed connection, and not everyone can get online. It doesn’t help that publishers like EA are sticking shitty multiplayer sections onto every new release and splitscreen coop is a rarity now.
It’s kind of a dirty trick on the part of Sony, claiming that PSN users would get the game faster with a digital download, to turn around and say that it’s up to the publishers on when they can release their games; BEAT THE LINES WE’RE FASTER Sony claims, and yet I would be PLAYING THE GAME RIGHT NOW if I actually went and stood in line by the store. Instead, I’m STILL waiting to even start downloading the game I paid money to play. It seems almost exploitative.
I love Valve to death and will still download new PC releases through Steam, but it’s a system I don’t want to rely on, and I don’t think the industry should either. Trying to download World of Warcraft through Blizzard’s launcher was a nightmare, with the system constantly crashing and having to restart entire sections of the download, and Origin is still an absolute joke.
I still find data burned onto a disc more reliable than having an entire game downloaded through the internet. Personally, I find digital distribution to be cool and very handy. I just think it’s a stupid idea to rely on it completely.