If you read my post on Wednesday, you know that I’m not a fan of digital game downloads that don’t offer a significant discount over their physical disc counterparts. The Walking Dead game from Telltale, however, started out as a digital download before making its way to the disc format this past month. On Xbox Live, the entire Walking Dead game (the first episode and the four additional episodes, available as downloadable content) usually costs 2000 Microsoft Points, which equates to $25. The full game, available at retailers in disc format, will run you $30.
That’s an okay discount, but it’s nothing like the one Microsoft is offering today.
Gaming has been a pastime of mine since I was about 5 or 6. Some of my earliest memories are of playing Ice Hockey and Kid Icarus on the NES, and as I grew, so did the industry. As I type this at 28 years of age, I’m now able to purchase a full game — the same game that sits on a shelf at GameStop — directly from my console, download it to the hard drive, and play it without having to leave the couch (yes, PC gamers, I know you’ve been able to do this for a while, but it’s still relatively new to us console folks).
But as much as this convenience delights me, it also frightens me, because it comes at a price.