Miyamoto: Not Worshipping At DLC's Altar

In an interview with the San Jose Mercury-News, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto downplayed the importance of digital distribution to the company's future.

Said Shiggy:

Personally, I'm one of those guys who, even if I have all the songs from iTunes, I want the CD as well. I feel more reassured with that physical media. Entertainment is something that will not just become digital. If I look at Wii MotionPlus, this is something that you're not doing via digital distribution. The thing for us is we really don't see the future of video games being merely confined to digital distribution or moving solely or even to a majority of our products being distributed that way.

That's not Nintendo flipping the bird at digital distribution, per se, but it does mean that physical media is going to be a staple of its publishing m.o. for some time. The statement about wanting a CD in addition to having the mp3s seems a little bit antiquated as well. I'm not sure why anyone would buy the CD after getting music. It can't be for the luxurious LP art. The Mercury News Interview: Shigeru Miyamoto, Head of Game Development, Nintendo [San Jose Mercury-News via GoNintendo]


    *sigh* I'm sure the real reason is:

    'Casual gamers find DLC confusing, so fuck those core guys and lets cater to every whim of the casual'

      Oh perhaps it's for all the people like me whose internet connections make downloading games untenable. My internet is far too slow to download whole games but even my friends with decent connections would still use up their download limit that way.

      I imagine the next console generation will release games on Read-Only flash sticks (maybe with a writable area for saves) and that the next XBOX and PlayStation will probably have (almost) all games published both digitally and physically.

        You realise you're basically advocating a return to cartridges, right? We'd have to go back to blowing on the games to get them to work :)

    Speaking of buying CDs and downloading music, I recently went out and bought a CD from JB Hifi (Decoder Ring), only to find out afterwards that the iTunes version was cheaper AND had two bonus tracks, one of which only comes as part of the full album. Yes the album art's pretty nice, but damn you iTunes for securing exclusive bonus tracks!


    Freeing yourself from the desire to hold the product in your hand is an amazingly liberating exercise. Not to mention a massive money saver...

    i see what myamoto is saying about having the disk. look at the recent kindle book that was revoked from users systems without waring.

    digital ownership is not as assured as physical ownership is. while distributors can revoke remove delete or lock files they are connected to without warning or excuse automatically across all customers, in comparison entering a person's home and physically removing their CD or hardcover book is impossible and illigal.

    eventually one of these big digital content providers is going to go belly up and the real implications of digital distribution will be felt.

    It's like cartrdiges and the N64 all over again.

    "I’m not sure why anyone would buy the CD after getting music."

    Well, aside from the assurance of ownership discussed already, there's also the superior audio quality.

    lets just see how the psp go does.

    The only thing i don't like about digital downloads? You can't trade 'em in, or sell them. I think there's still a future for getting games in a physical form.

    I would have agreed with him 6 months ago...

    BUT!, since downloading quite a few free demos on Live, then needing more and purchasing some games over Live (something I was never interested in -despite being a hardcore early adopter), the only thing that stops me wanting loads more is the speed of downloading some of the larger games.

    I'm sure all of the platform co's are furiously working on better compression and other ways of getting past this problem and by next generation downloading will be fast and easy on all systems on any half decent connection - which most people will have.

    1. No having to travel to several "specialty" game retailers with absolute idiots for staff, who never have the games I want and who always try to sell me crap I wouldn't touch with a ten foot stick, even if I was filthy, filthy rich.
    2. Cheaper games mean I can buy more games!
    3. Save petrol, time and the environment.
    4. Free demos! No having to buy a magazine to get 'em.
    5. No more buying overpriced "rare" and collectable games -can't sell 'em and they can't be put on display.

    Bad Tings:
    1. No more games on my shelves to help me choose what I want to play.
    2. Can't sell one if I decide I made a mistake and don't really want it / or will never play it again.
    3. No more expanding collection.
    4. If I unplug my Xbox/PS3 etc ...HOW LONG WILL MY GAMES STAY ON MY HARD DRIVE BEFORE DISAPPEARING!?!!?!?!?!? -ah! ----It better be 50 years or more cuz I plan on playing my games in retirement.

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