Personally, I have some downloaded games. Some. Mostly games which were available for free as part of Games with Gold/Origin etc, and occasional other games which I want having spotted on whichever digital store. As you can probably guess from this most of my games are physical copies.
I appreciate the convenience of digital games and I appreciate the minimal storage space in the home that these require. However, I still don’t use this as my usual way of purchasing games. I guess I prefer having the physical copy even though my collection takes up an increasing amount of space and takes time to organise.
I once was asked if I felt that I was a collector of games, and I hadn’t ever considered it that way before. I guess that I am, as I don’t usually get rid of games and that works for me. I still go back to games from my childhood and still have most of them as some have gone walkabout in the last few years (or I have forgotten where they have been stored, which is probably the more likely of those options). I have an increasing collection and this results in an increasing game backlog which I am working on, although the backlog isn’t all mine as my Player 2 has a collection too and their own backlog (some do overlap though).
I also still like having the artwork on the cover of the box and I appreciate the design work that goes into these and I feel I miss this when I digitally acquire games. I do find that, sometimes, I miss the instruction booklets, that used to be standard in game boxes this used to give me something to look at even when I wasn’t playing them. Did anyone else look at these when they weren’t playing the game or was that just me? I also have to admit that tin cases and special editions also greatly appeal to me. I only own a few, as I try to be good and follow a budget but these are so tempting. The shininess, texture (sometimes) and the general design look are often incredible. To be honest if I could I would buy more of these.
Whatever way you buy games it doesn’t overly matter as long as you still get enjoyment from the game itself, but what is your preferred way of owning games? Do you have any special editions/tin cases and what are your favourites if you do?