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11-02-2010 @ 12:38AM
That's actually a pretty substantial (and very welcome) change from the ambiguous answers that had been given. The previous "oh, they're all on YouTube anyways" answer was so unsatisfying and mitigated the importance of some of the most important scenes of the game.Digital downloads save time, reduce waste and reduce the amount of energy it takes to make the game (both directly, in the creation of the physical media and packaging, and indirectly, in the cost of transporting it to stores). I realize some game stores may be hurting in this economy and this will hurt their chances for a quick profit off of a reliable product, but I think digital delivery is a beneficial system and I'm glad we'll be getting the full WoW experience.
11-02-2010 @ 6:48AM
I'm pretty much doing both. I set the files to download (as per the post on this site, without ordering), and I'll still be buying an actual copy. Gotta do the midnight line, it's tradition :D
11-02-2010 @ 10:16AM
I would just like to point out, that downloading something does not change the impact the product has. The boxes are still printed, the CD's are still printed, and they are still shipped to stores. If they make 50,000 copies, your download, or anyone's download isn't going to affect them because they are already made.Now if a company takes into account preorders, and makes less copies, then it would matter. But seeing as companies still make copies later for future purchases, it isn't a permanent reduction unless the company either goes out of business, or goes completely download-only.
11-02-2010 @ 1:31PM
That seems a little flawed to me...If you go download instead of in-store, that won't change how many the stores initially order.However, it changes their reorder point by one, which changes the shipping time of the resupply by one package, and which also summarily changes the *anticipated purchase amounts* calculation to pre-make packages for future shipments by one.Stores and manufacturers adapt to actual quantities sold in-store as soon as they can get the information.
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