Convenience comes at a price. For Steam users, the price for having an entire game library available to at the click of a mouse is forgoing the experience of physical media. There is no box, no cover art, no instruction manual, and no disc or cartridge (or, if it's a PSP, some weird amalgamation of both). 99.9% of the time, this isn't even something that enters into your mind. You click a game, you play it, you think it's good/bad or you're indifferent, you move on.
But in this world, there are those few, truly special games. The ones that you think about even when you're not playing. The ones that make you a fan - not just of that game, but that remind you why you love video games to begin with.
I should take a step back for a second and add some context; this romanticizing of physical games isn't about game collecting. I admire the dedication collectors have, but I don't care about a black label copy of Motor Toon Grand Prix. I have a small collection of games that really did mean something to me when I was younger and I've kept those games through the years. If I was "eh" about a game, it went to Funcoland for trade-in (stop dating yourself Chris).
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So when I talk about these physical releases that we're missing out on, there are newer games that I really enjoy that I wish I could keep in my physical collection, but it's not possible. Indie games are most susceptible to this issue, as the fact that they're indie generally means they're on a tight budget and that the digital release was the only affordable method available to release the game.
But imagine with me for a moment;
A special edition box set for Ori and the Blind Forest.
Or The Banner Saga.
Or Goat Simulator..........j/k (not really tho)
And while we have seen some very popular indie releases make the jump like Shovel Knight, Cave Story, or the now famous digital-to-physical jumper Retro City Rampage DX, it generally means you need to break the glass ceiling of indie game sales in order to attain physical embodiment.
Enter Limited Run Games, a publishing offshoot of the game developers Mighty Rabbit Studios. To try and remedy our woes, they are releasing limited run (maybe that inspired the name) physical releases on the PS4 and PS Vita of games previously available as digital format only.
but have noted that they have over 40 titles they want to bring into the physical realm, so we will see what other titles and publishers are on board. The dream of owning a physical copy of those oh-so-special games is not yet dead.