MYC BlogsMert Ertuğrul Muşul - Feb 16, 2012

The New Age of games

The format of computer games has been changing since their emerge, and the changing has continued rapidly until today. Getting high sells is the priority, and successful games turn into series but does it matter whether the game is on disc or downloaded online?

Photo: macinate / (Creative Commons).

Today, the game companies are thinking of ways to get most profit. It seemed that P2P kind of file sharing websites and programs were blocking the companies’ way, and for a while the idea of “my files are yours” worked fine. Now game companies, rather than preventing the file share are using their own gun against them, and their current approach is “download if you want to, but you must pay for it”.

At first, it seems a bit meaningless, because you don’t have anything physical in your palms, and you can’t have some of the game box extras such as maps, and posters. But just like in everything, there are pros and cons, and because of lesser expenses, online games are cheaper than those you buy in game stores.

But there is the question of online gaming platform shutting down, how can I get my game then? It may happen but then again there is also the possibility that your game disc gets broken or when you want to install the game after few years, your device is unable to read the DVD or Blu-Ray rom. No game disc will last forever; we should keep this in mind as well.

Digital downloading, online game platforms are going to be the most used ways to buy video games, music and movies. It is hard to change people’s habits, but let’s not forget that around ten years ago we used floppy cards. Then they turned into CDs and then to DVDs, and now to Blu-ray discs. So why wouldn’t this list continue with digital publishing?

Mert Ertuğrul Muşul lives in Istanbul and is in his final year of high school. He loves mathematics as much as he loves videogames and is interested in game programming. During his spare time Mert also listens to rock’n'roll and metal and practices his Finnish skills.