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Soft Copy or Hard Copy
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Posted 2/2/10
Now that I own a fairly powerful gaming PC. I wonder about whether or not I should purchase a soft copy of a game, or a hard copy. For clairification, by soft copy I mean a downloaded version of a game, by hard copy I mean physically buying a game.

So with a soft copy I get the major benefit of being able to download it wherever I please. If I have can get the software that manages the DRM. Then I can get the game. However, I run into the problem of disk space. As I recently discovered I have absolutly no disk space left. I have so little disk space in fact that I cannot even install all the games I own. Which brings up another problem, what happens if the service dies? So some services, like steam. Allow you to make local backups of your games. Well what happens if you do not have the space? Then again their is the other benefit of being able to always have a working game. I own a copy of FF7 for the PC.. and as far as I can tell it does not like working with Windows 7. However, most download services will keep all their software working.

The only real benefit to hard copies is the fact that they will always be there. Which is the very reason I can still install FF7 on my Windows 7 box. As long as you have the system specs you can play the game. However, if a disk gets lost or broken... well you are SOL.

So what do you guys prefer?
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Posted 2/2/10
flip a coin or choose soft core....i mean copy
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Posted 2/3/10
Ok.....
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Posted 2/3/10
i've always preferred hard copies, but it's up to you
Posted 2/3/10
I prefer hard copy. Right now I don't have the space and my internet isn't fast enough, so it's not worth it to wait 10 or more hours to download a game when I can just go get it from the store. But when that change, I'm sure I'll have more soft copies of games than hard.
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Posted 2/3/10
True, waiting is annoying... especially when games are like 10+ gigs big. But one other benefit to soft copies is most companies give away bundles. During the holidays I can get $400 worth of games for $50. Since it is pretty much illegal to sell pre-owned PC games in the states, that is the only way one can get such a deal.
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Posted 2/5/10
LOLZ hard copy ^___-
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Posted 2/7/10
Why would you choose a hard copy?
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