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    Default What do you tell people who, when you buy a physical copy of a game, say its a waste of money?

    And that there is other ways to play the game and such...
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    I generally don't talk to that variety of gamer outside of the web, and then I just tend to ignore them. The gamer folks that I know IRL are generally on board with the whole "play it as it was meant to be" scene. I think that's the more popular stance these days anyway, versus like 10 years ago when EMU was HUGE!

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    Just tell them you're not a PC/tablet/mobile gamer. Problem solved.
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    It can certainly be annoying, but unless it's someone I actually care about or will be seeing a lot I won't take the time to explain to them the benefits of owning original hardware.


    The worst case is when you get that know-it-all that thinks he's making some incredible revelation to you about the existence of emulators, and that he has "every super intendo, regular nintendo, and genesis game EVER MADE" on his laptop. Of course, they all play PERFECTLY. It's especially maddening when this person is mid-20s or older and they ought to know better.

    I liken this to being a professional wrestling fan and having to deal with the "you know it's fake, right?" assholes you constantly come across in social situations when the topic comes up.
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    To be honest, I'm not even really a fan of legitimate downloads (for current consoles). I would much rather own a physical copy of the game. Aside from being able to play the actual system, with the intended controller, there is just something about owning a piece of video game history (even if the game's not complete).
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    I wouldn't care because it's all relative. I'm sure you can pick out any given person and I could come up with something nonessential that they spend money on that I would consider a waste of money based on my own interests and such. The only difference is that some people are too arrogant or clueless to realize it's all relative, so they pass judgment on others for not living their lives exactly as they would.

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    As a rule, I don't divulge prices for stuff I buy. No explanations necessary.

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    Tell them you like to collect, and it doesn't feel like collecting if there's no physical form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urzu402 View Post
    And that there is other ways to play the game and such...
    It depends, are they referring to digital distribution such as Steam or Xbox Live downloads or are the suggesting piracy?

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    I generally tend to say "yes dear" and I buy the game anyway

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    I simply say well at least my copy of the game will outlast yours when the servers for those games go down in the future or become corrupt. Same with MP3's and anything that is both physical and digital.
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    Uhh tell them to go to hell !? Really it can be annoying,but with the younger generation they think every thing should be free because of emulation etc.Other then that i ignore it but i haven't gotten a lecture for buying a physical copy of a game in a long time.

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    "So is your Mom," seems like an appropriate response.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack_Burton_BYOAC View Post
    It can certainly be annoying, but unless it's someone I actually care about or will be seeing a lot I won't take the time to explain to them the benefits of owning original hardware.


    The worst case is when you get that know-it-all that thinks he's making some incredible revelation to you about the existence of emulators, and that he has "every super intendo, regular nintendo, and genesis game EVER MADE" on his laptop. Of course, they all play PERFECTLY. It's especially maddening when this person is mid-20s or older and they ought to know better.

    I liken this to being a professional wrestling fan and having to deal with the "you know it's fake, right?" assholes you constantly come across in social situations when the topic comes up.

    I cant agree more. Im a huge fan of gaming and wrestling among many other intrests. Generally this responce is based on false precived knowleage and ignorance. If you want I could go one for hours about the diffrence between the basic ring psycology of american, mexican and japanese mainstream products. A lot who don't know see it as guys fake beating each other up and bad acting.

    Today I had a non gamer friend ask why I buy old games. She thought it was a waste and hording. She didn't realise I do play my games and her shoe collection is cost waaay more than my gaming collection.

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    I might be inclined to say that largely restricting myself to games that I physically own makes it easier to decide what to play next (The Paradox of Choice and all that) but the argument kind of breaks down once one physically owns too many games, it seems.

    If Steam is selling a PC game for 33% of what a physical copy would cost, then yes, it's kind of hard to say that owning a physical copy is not a waste of money.
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    Sorry I didn't specify this earlier cause I seen one person who asked but I meant how to explain to people why people who collect prefer physical copies over digital copies both legal and illegal. I don't know how many people just told me to get a flash cart for DS and then sell all my DS games. I know DS games aren't classic gaming but its the only example I have.
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