Do you think it is better to buy games on their original consoles, or save the money, and just buy them on modern-day, downloadable services (Virtual Console, Xbox Live Arcade, PSN)?

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#1  Edited By grhud5194
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#2  Edited By SpiralStairs

Original consoles, because having the box and manual is always cooler than having a digital copy.
 
Sometimes though getting a physical copy isn't really an option though.

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#3  Edited By gingertastic_10

The OC.

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#4  Edited By Thoseposers

O.O wow

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#5  Edited By Gav47

Thats a long title. I prefer downloadable titles as I have lost or sold most of the older games I care about.  Once its on your Steam account it there for life (not so sure about PSN and XBLA).

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#6  Edited By grhud5194

I only ask because I was too young when older consoles such as the NES, SNES, N64, and Genesis came out, plus my Dad always saw video games as useless, so I never got to play classic games during my childhood.
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C: I don't really care.

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#9  Edited By JoeyRavn

Depends on the console. I like being able to play a certain, specific game I'm interested in without having to buy the console. For example, Symphony of the Night. But overall, I like the Virtual Console and XBL Arcade services.

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#10  Edited By JoeyIA

Unless you're going to get into collecting I would just get the downloadable version.

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#11  Edited By ReyGitano

I prefer having the original unless a newer version has something I really want. For example, I brought Banjo Kazooie and Banjo Tooie because of Stop N Swap, and because Banjo Tooie didn't have the frame rate issue it did on the N64.

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#13  Edited By Disgaeamad

I am a fan of my physical game copies, so I'd chances are that I'd buy the original.

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#14  Edited By Burns098356GX

I'm not overly nestalgic but if I want an old game and not want the console laying around, I'll buy it on XBLA/PSN

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#15  Edited By Okari

I prefer downloadable games. I never have to worry about the battery in the cart dying, and I know it will work on my HDTV without any scanlines.

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#16  Edited By korwin

 Do you think it's better to have short concise titles on your forum topics, or do you think it's better to fill the heading with half a paragraph worth of text phrased in the form of a question? 

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#17  Edited By mikeeegeee

Have to say, a big perk of getting retro games on modern systems is that I don't have to worry about the old NES or 64 crapping out on me. Not having to blow into the system or the cartridge itself is a plus.

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#18  Edited By MrKlorox

Modern services for the sake of royalties. I can't be a hypocrite and be against piracy but for used game sales at the same time.
 
And when it comes to older PC games, those things often don't even work on modern OS/hardware. So an "updated" version available through download services is the only option many times.
 
ALSO: 3D games are often capable of being played at higher resolutions when using modern services. Yeah PS1 games aren't the best example, but once PS2 and Dreamcast games start coming out on download services en masse, it will really make a difference. Soul Calibur on XBLA for example.

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#19  Edited By ThePhantomnaut

I don't give a shit. Whatever is fine.

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#20  Edited By crusader8463

I'm a PC gamer, so all my games are on the original system and modern day download services. I have access to over twenty years of games on my platform, plus all the games on just about every system but the current ones are available for download too in ROM form.

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#21  Edited By Coombs
@SpiralStairs said:

" Original consoles, because having the box and manual is always cooler than having a digital copy.  Sometimes though getting a physical copy isn't really an option though. "

This is your first paragraph. 
The following is your thread title:  

Do you think it is better to buy games on their original consoles, or save the money, and just buy them on modern-day, downloadable services (Virtual Console, Xbox Live Arcade, PSN)?   

See something wrong here?
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#22  Edited By zero2000

Most of the games on past consoles that I wanted, I already have. On the few that I haven't gotten around to playing, I would most likely buy them on PSN/XBLA/VC/Etc. 
 
 
I also rebuy a lot of games I currently own on downloadable services as well.

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#23  Edited By SpiralStairs
@Coombs said:
" @SpiralStairs said:

" Original consoles, because having the box and manual is always cooler than having a digital copy.  Sometimes though getting a physical copy isn't really an option though. "

This is your first paragraph. 
The following is your thread title:  

Do you think it is better to buy games on their original consoles, or save the money, and just buy them on modern-day, downloadable services (Virtual Console, Xbox Live Arcade, PSN)?   

See something wrong here? "
Wait, what?
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#24  Edited By omghisam

If it is cart based I buy the original, but if it is CD based I prefer the digital version. I have way too many scratched PSX and PS2 discs, but my SNES and NES carts are like bricks that will survive a nuclear apocalypse (although the internal battery may need to be changed).

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#25  Edited By Coombs
@SpiralStairs:  
Your title is longer than your write up
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#26  Edited By ColinWright
@Coombs: He didn't start the thread.
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#27  Edited By Coombs
@wh4tshisface:  
Ahh,  nvm then. 
Fucking people posting polls but not writing anything
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#28  Edited By louiedog
@Coombs said:
" @wh4tshisface:  Ahh,  nvm then. Fucking people posting polls but not writing anything "
Don't worry about it. You can do anything you want. You are the master of time. 
 
I'll be sad if that reference doesn't land.
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#29  Edited By evanbrau

Nice inconspicuous thread title man.
I picked B since if it's handier, cheaper and keeps me from having 10 or 12 games consoles around my tv and making a fucking mess I'm going to go with that option. Of course it's nice to play them on the system they were originally designed for but outside of collecting it's just not something I could see myself doing.
 

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#30  Edited By azhang

Original console.

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#31  Edited By superfoot
@MrKlorox said:

"Modern services for the sake of royalties. I can't be a hypocrite and be against piracy but for used game sales at the same time.  " 
 Really?
There is no difference between the two for you? 
How do you feel about playing a friends copy of a game? 
Is it only games you won't buy used? 

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#32  Edited By FinalDasa  Moderator

OC son! 
 
Sure I like the idea of old games never dying and being reborn on newer systems. 
But too often companies can't let classics just be classics and want to upgrade graphics, controls, or the whole universe and story. 
If you like an older game enough to seek it out, I suggest buy it for the OC. 

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#33  Edited By Homer39

normally  i get the original hard copy but because older games are rare and thus overpriced ill get the digital copy to save a few bucks.

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#34  Edited By jasta

I like physically having the games but if for some reason that cant happen, I dont mind just getting the download.

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#35  Edited By PrivateIronTFU
@gingertastic_10 said:
" The OC. "
Don't call it that.
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#36  Edited By gingertastic_10
@PrivateIronTFU said:
" @gingertastic_10 said:
" The OC. "
Don't call it that. "
T_T
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#37  Edited By MrKlorox
@superfoot said:

" @MrKlorox said:

"Modern services for the sake of royalties. I can't be a hypocrite and be against piracy but for used game sales at the same time.  " 
 

 
Really?
There is no difference between the two for you? 
How do you feel about playing a friends copy of a game? 
Is it only games you won't buy used? "
Yes, really. There is little to no difference. If I enjoy the game enough to finish, I'll buy it. Yes pretty much games and music. I don't buy movies.
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#38  Edited By PrivateIronTFU
@gingertastic_10: Sorry, just a little Arrested Development joke.
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#39  Edited By AgentJ

I definitely prefer having physical media, but the convenience of having only 3 consoles plugged in at any one time is unbeatable. 

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#40  Edited By Hourai

Original console if you buy the game cheap enough. Otherwise, it's about $100 cheaper to download it for an emulator. 

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#41  Edited By WickedFather

Emulators that have a quick save / snapshot feature are the way.  I've got bajillions of Snes cartridges but I'd play them on zsnes every time.

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#42  Edited By TobyD81

Nothing beats playing on the original console, but I will also buy download games for the convenience of not having to haul out old stuff, or possibly mess up a game that's a pricier part of my collection.

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#43  Edited By habster3
@ThePhantomnaut said:
"I don't give a shit. Whatever is fine. "
This. Also, long-ass title!
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#44  Edited By iam3green

i like to have the original copy of the game. for the PC i enjoy having digital. i like the difference because i can see console company doing something so i can't get at the stuff that i downloaded. PC, steam is always going to be there. i can back it up unlike the consoles.

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#45  Edited By harinosho

Original console.   

 
 At least then i could resell it for a higher price at a later date. 
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#46  Edited By gingertastic_10
@PrivateIronTFU: And a sorry from me, I thought you were trying to be a dick :/
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#47  Edited By MattyFTM  Moderator

Modern download services have a lot of advantages. For a start, you have all of these old games on a maximum of three consoles. You just need a Wii, 360 and PS3 hooked up and you have access to a large catalogue of older games available on their download services. Having each individual console, and specific games for each console is a logistical nightmare. It's also generally cheaper and easier to download them onto a modern console than to purchase the original consoles and games. Plus money is actually going to the publishers, rather than a random dude who bought the game years ago.
 
But, on the other hand, it is far more satisfying to have an actual boxed copy of the  game, and play it on the original console.

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@WickedFather said:
" Emulators that have a quick save / snapshot feature are the way.  I've got bajillions of Snes cartridges but I'd play them on zsnes every time. "
pirate!
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#49  Edited By TatoBins

Emulators are fine, but there's nothing like the real thing. i'd even say that its best to play them on the right kind of TV. I've still got my NES hooked up to an old CRT TV in my basement. 

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#50  Edited By Nerdjutsu

While I prefer digital downloads, I'm truly afraid that when the WiiDS HD2, PS5 and xBOX 1080 come out they won't allow us to transfer all those digital downloads from this era. That will truly piss me off. Older games we can already play on our iPhones but I think we might have to re-buy DeathSpank, Monday Night Combat, etc... in about 10 years.