This is only a rumor...but if they did get rid of the DVD drive I presume that games would be distributed via broadband or in the mail via a flash card. I suppose you could still have retailers of these flash cards in rural areas. Direct sales is more efficient now. Physical retailers aren't needed anymore.
I'm assuming that if they get rid of DVDs that each game will be linked directly to an online user account. Hence, I think MSFT wants to get rid of the used game market. This would be highly unpopular unless they lowered the price of a game from $60 to like $40...by cutting out the middle man...GME.
For MSFT and game publishers...this would mean more profits and a lower price to consumers for new games, thus higher volume. thus a win win, unless u rent games or buy used games...then u r screwed. if u r a retailer u r screwed also. although it depends on what sony does too.
Thormann we are talking about Cloud gaming. There wont be an instruction manual on disc because it is the Cloud.
And forcing people to have to be online just to access the instruction manual will definitely not work for many.
Game files are huge compared to other forms of digital content such as music. If all games go digital, isn't it reasonable to expect that there would be a variable cost associated with storing and transmitting those files? Broadband capacity isn't infinite. The core of your GME theseis seems to be that a big shift from physical to digital technology will put GME out of business. But you can't assume (or speculate, as it were) that this shift won't have an incremental cost.
I know one thing the utilities will always get their cut. Its more certain than death and taxes. Doesn't matter about inflation the economy they will always make a profit because they are a monopoly in most communities.
You don't pay a flat fee for electricity, water, or gas. You pay by your usage. The internet already has tiered pricing. There are already complaints about the bandwidth netflix sucks. Its only a matter of time they start charging for usage its logical, not speculation.
By me comcast is the only game in town, yes you can get dish but no one does. Comcast's biggest competition netflix. Start charging for bandwidth and netflix gets more expensive people stay with cable.
It just baffles my mind why people defend gamestop when they have done nothing but try to keep the price of games artificially high. Buying out any sort of competition, squeezing every single penny out of gamers that they can possibly get. Yet you people defend them like they are the last great bastion of hope for video gaming.