3 good reasons to ditch paper

The physical isn’t everything. Here are three good reasons to play everything dematerialized.

Rather physical or dematerialized? The debate has been enlivening the players for several years now and does not seem to be going to die down. For its part, the industry seems to be betting more and more on all-digital technology, while cloud gaming and subscription-based video games are evolving more and more. Instead of piling dozens of plastic boxes – which are both impractical and not sustainable – in your living room, we’ll explain to you why dematerialized technology is the future of the video game market. For those not yet ready to take the plunge, also find three good reasons to bet (just a little) on physical video games.

Zero constraint

The video game is taking over. Moreover, gamers are rarely satisfied with one or two games. Over the years, piling up boxes can quickly become a major problem, which transitioning to dematerialization solves with a snap of the fingers. There is no need to invest in a library to display games that will collect dust over time. By choosing to download, you can store several hundred (thousands?) of titles on a single computer, be it a console or a PC. With enough memory, this is a real convenience for every day: no need to spend hours looking for a lost game, everything is at hand anyway.

Moreover, whoever says dematerialized, he also says online stores. No more uncertain stocks and schedules of physical stores, virtual stores allow you to access the game immediately, anywhere (of course, with an Internet connection) and at any time. A real daily benefit that allows you to replenish your first day library without leaving home and without fear of running out of goods.

Freelancers find their account here

You only need to walk through any online store to see this: most games from independent studios would not survive in a physical format. Sold for a few euros, sometimes even for free, these titles do not clearly claim to be AAA games, but are a real gold mine for gamers tired of indigestible blockbusters that put everything on their graphics and duration.

Thus, by choosing a dematerialized format, it is possible to support independent developers who would not have the funds to invest in a physical format. You only need to quote Rusty Lake, HopFrog, No Games or Lucas Pope (the list is long) to understand how much the video game industry will lose.

Environmental impact

It has long been calculated that the environmental load of a dematerialized game on a server exceeds that of a physical disk. At the time, this was no doubt true, as reported in a 2014 magazine article. consoblog, but today this is far from the case. This can be attributed to several factors, notably the commitment of today’s data centers, which are currently aiming for carbon neutrality to limit their environmental impact (the result is not perfect, but it’s a good start). Moreover, on AAA games, the physical format no longer spares heavy updates, which also need to be stored on servers.

Moreover, if the physical format also takes up space on the server, then the production of the game remains very polluting: the vast majority of boxes are plastic, and cake pressing is far from demonstrating carbon neutrality. In 2019, FIFA 20 alone was responsible for 595 tons of CO2 emissions, enough to power 68 homes for a year, study reveals Slot Online Canada. Today, a physical game emits 0.39 kg of CO2, not including transport from the factory to the point of sale. For comparison, a dematerialized game releases only 0.017 kg.

By choosing to download the game rather than purchase it from the store, players can reduce their gaming carbon footprint by 95.6%. It’s hard to do better as an argument.