The world is slowly being dominated by the internet, and gaming is no exception; the chances are you’ll have purchased a game via an online retailer in recent weeks, or even days, and at least entertained the thought of buying a digital copy of that same title.
While shopping online often seems so much less personable than heading to a gaming retailer, there are numerous benefits to buying your favourite games online. For example, the sheer number of titles on offer, plus the copies in stock, will often far exceed those available in-store. Buying online will also increase your chances of grabbing a bargain, with huge discounts available on everything from retro games to new titles. One of the most rewarding aspects of buying your games online though, is the rewards on offer, from schemes offered by sites such as Grouptrader Networks Limited. These allow you to collect points when you shop at partnered traders, both online and on the High Street, and then convert those points into purchases.
Shopping online is a great way to buy games, as is downloading them directly from selected online stores, or your console itself. Digital downloads are ridiculously convenient, will never wear out or get scratched, and you can’t lose one down the back of the sofa! As with buying real discs online, you may also find reward schemes in operation with digital copies.
When going digital may not be the ticket
As with everything in life, digital gaming has its disadvantages, which should be considered before you make your final purchasing decision. For example, is the price that you’re being offered via your console, or online, the most competitive? More often than not we are charged for the convenience of buying a game from the comfort of our own home, so be certain to shop around for the best prices, and reward schemes. When it comes to digital gaming you should also consider how long any software will take to download; will you be staring at a loading screen for hours on end while your friends with disc copies are already levelling up?
The speed and cost of internet connection you have will be worth considering, so do your research. One of the best aspects of gaming is that it’s a community activity, and something that can be enjoyed with friends. Digital copies of games don’t tend to allow the freedom that discs do, and can’t be or shared with friends, or traded in further down the line. Many digital copies of games will have a fantastic online community supporting them, though, so really consider what your game means to you, and how you hope to enjoy it.
We are living in a digital age, where even our recreational activities are dominated by the screens in front of us. While some people prefer to keep their gaming traditional, purchasing discs from High Street retailers or online stores, there are those who prefer to get their hands on digital copies of the same titles. Both methods of gaming have their advantages and disadvantages and it is essential to consider everything, including the types of purchasing rewards on offer, before making that all-important choice. Happy gaming!