The expansion of the digital age is rapidly encroaching on the physical media veteran gamers know and love.
According to an MCV report , game disc manufacturers have predicted "a steady decline in the use of game discs" as digital continues to become more and more popular.
Some companies that duplicate physical games "are on the verge of going out of business" in Europe, and most assume the problem will only get worse. Said UK commercial director at OK Media Doron Garfunkel:
"We believe the European market for replication will shrink by about 10 to 15 per cent per year as more and more games, audiobooks, DVD and so on are being distributed digitally rather than physically."
The firms that are trying to survive are currently looking for new sources of revenue, and that includes music and movie distribution. They do say there "will always be a need for physical product," but there's no doubt that digital distribution is here to stay and will continue to claim part of the market. Said CD Writer's Nic Ranshaw:
" Manufacturing will become increasingly specialised and niche, with physical product being used to build brand awareness and generate a buzz on the streets with the publication of limited collector’s editions that sell for premium. "
The picture in this article should be clear to older gamers: It's a picture of the Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete box produced by Game Arts and Working Designs for the original PlayStation. That's what you don't get with digital. Just a friendly reminder.