Andromeda Stardust Posted November 26, 2018 Share Posted November 26, 2018 I think the opposite will be true. The internet and cloud storage makes it more likely today's games and media will be available 20+ years from now. Think of it this way, what is easier to find today? A physical copy of Air Raid or Nintendo World Championship, or a ROM? I am guessing that in 20 years it will be easier to obtain a ROM of Forza Horizon 4 or Super Mario Odyssey and play it on 2040s equivalent of a $35 Raspberry Pi and emulator than it will be to find physical copies and working systems of each game. (Of course there will still be XB1 and Switch around 20 years from now, I am just speculating it will be easier to download the ROMs like it is today) Physical media is what gets lost over time. Paper in books decaying, film decaying, etc. It seems to me that most museums and archivers are digitizing old physical media to preserve whatever information that media contained rather than making new hard copies. Yeah those physical game carts all have backups made, illegal or not. Nintendo's own virtual console games had ines headers. Thanks, pirates, for illegally archiving this game so I can legally reaquire it and charge money for it! Cloud storage is unreliable. The servers will eventually get shut down. Only benefit to digital files is ease of copying, however you have drm hurdles to jump over. An encrypted file is worthless without an unlock key. Don't expect modern discless systems to be easily hacked like previous generations. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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