Originally Posted by Grumpypants
For me as a consumer i like having choice. I don't want anyone to have a monopoly on any market. I want steam, and online retailers as well as bricks and mortar stores. Sometimes i like just going into a shop and looking at the boxes.
Steam isn't a Monopoly. The likes of D2D, Impulse, Origin, etc. All compete with it.
A Monopoly is something quite different. In a Monopoly you are the only supplier, so you can command any price you want. Similar to how EA can command whatever price it wants on BF3 and control it on it's Origin platform, but far less specific than just an exclusive game title. If the world woke up tomorrow and Steam was The Only Way you could purchase any game ever, then yes that would be a Monopoly.
I'm sure there's a whole study in Economics that I didn't get to in my 6th year, about buyers that Purchase things in such a way as to only spite these things, eg. "Buy American" "Support your local businesses" etc. Rather than Free Market theories which assume that the consumer will always purchase goods at the most reasonable expense for the value and utility supplied.
And by the way: Box-Art blows. Any online product page will give you 2x as much information if not more, and provide you full screen images on "The Back" not 2" thumbnails.
Give it a little longer: Even console games will be distributed almost entirely digitally before you can blink an eye. Steam came onto the scene in what, 2003? And the PC shelf has been in rapid decline ever since. Whats left is only there to cater to anyone who doesn't have access to the internet. Next Gen you can fully expect full releases to be available through the likes of XBLA, no physical media required. And it's a green solution too, so I'm sure the Hippies will be delighted.
Originally Posted by Doctor Doom
People gloating about the decline of bricks and mortar stores... wanting them to go bust because they don't give ME a cheaper price. That's people out of jobs you're smiling about, potentially it's families with no money for food, or to buy school books. It's more downtrodden on the dole who don't want to be there.
So while yes the b + m stores need to adapt or die, perhaps we should think of the consequences of the sorry mess instead of going HAHAHA when it happens.
Perhaps you'd like to join us
in the US Politics forum in fight in the corner of Keynesian Economics. Basically the notion that we should hire people to dig holes and another group of people to fill them, just so people are employed.
I have no motive to laugh at anyone who is struggling or poor but you're not going to get better by banking your future on a dying enterprise. I don't want you to drown but if you stay in that leaky boat, I'm going to marvel at how foolish you were.
They need to innovate, and if they don't innovate, they need to do something else. And if they don't do that, then they deserve their lot.
Just remember: Nintendo started out making playing cards. They didn't roll over and cry when Pac Man came to town.