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Friday, July 5, 2013

I Never Want To Change A Disc Again.

BY RAWKHAWK2010 - Rawk wants off the Disco Train.

So I was lying in my bed at 3:00 or so last night, engaged in a hopeless battle against sleep. (Which I lost. Because it was hopeless.)

Letting fate have its way, I reached for my Wii U Gamepad so I could spend a few minutes checking up on Miiverse's resident Mario-worshipping weirdos. But when it turned out they weren't doing anything interesting (as usual), I moved on to the Super Metroid community and, despite Metroid fans being JUST AS BAD, I kind of wanted to play it. So I did.

I rolled around as a morph ball for a few minutes before realizing that Metroid really isn't very fun (Thanks for not wasting any more time on this series, Retro!), but oh no, that didn't mean my gaming session for the night was over! Aimlessly rolling around as a ball made me think of Sonic the Hedgehog who does the same thing, so then I went back to the Wii U Menu and started playing Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed which was actually totally fun. Then I thought about how that game made me want to play other SEGA title Sonic Lost World, which also looks totally fun. Then I thought about how I'm totally gonna buy Sonic Lost World as a digital download so that I can keep living in these totally exciting chains of jumping from one game to another without having to get up, turn the lights on, find a box, remove a disc, find another box, put another disc in, turn the lights back off, and get back in bed just to change games during one of these otherwise (mostly) blissful night-gaming sessions.

How do Disc Jockeys do this for a living?

Digital downloads have made me realize just how much more I get out of my games when they're so much more easily accessed. When I pay for a game I'm paying for maximum convenience (and thus more motivation to access it), not for the freedom of seeing it on my shelf twenty years later and possibly maybe wanting to boot it up. (And oh yeah, I don't lend games either. Because that's stupid.)

Despite being a cartridge and not a disc per se, Satoru Iwata didn't recommend buying Animal Crossing: New Leaf digitally for no reason. You really do access your software more often when the act of picking up your controller/handheld is the only obstacle between you and your game and not an (often arduous) process of changing physical media. But to put it in a more relatable light for anyone who has yet to be faced with this dilemma in the realm of video games, I'm sure you can remember gaggles of TV shows/movies/documentaries you've streamed and enjoyed on streaming services that you wouldn't go track down a physical disc for. And yeah, I know Nintendo's lack of an account system is shit at the moment and makes the prospect look a bit dangerous, but I'm sure they're working on something. (After all, they're giving us Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, so we can't be too pessimistic!)

Either way, not too long from now I'll be switching from Bayonetta 2 to Smash 4 with the click of a button. And it will feel most splendicious.

Do you think Rawk should embrace disc-changing and get off his lazy good-for-nothing ass? Then get off YOUR lazy good-for-nothing ass and direct your thoughts at RawkHawk2010 on Miiverse or Twitter!

Looks like Ludwig has to wrestle with changing discs since he's bound to his physical gaming ways.


  1. The thing going through my head at the moment is "Do I engage in debate?"
    and no, it's not worth it.


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