So a few nights ago I rented The Hunger Games. I rented it from a Redbox because there are no more video stores in my city, the closest one is a decent drive. Great movie, but some of the most effective parts of it I just had to fill in with my imagination, because the disc skipped like crazy. Whomever had rented it before had not been kind to it. So, that disappointment in mind, I sat down to play my copy of Dead Space 2. Terrifying game. Wonderful atmosphere. I was scared out of my wits, with a big grin on my face anyway, right up until the game froze. And it kept freezing at the same section. Over and over. Couldn't get past it. The disc I bought used had been scratched by the previous owner. Unless I buy it again I will pretty much never see how Dead Space 2 ends, and that means I will never play Dead Space 3. And that's when I embraced the digital future, because, screw this. I've been reluctant to say it, but I really think physical is on the way out. There's just not that much interest in it any more, too many drawbacks, and too few benefits over digital. The main one for me was buying and selling used, but that's been overtaken by the annoyances of damaged used media and the fact that the digital market has evolved to the point that sales on older games, at least, undercut the used physical market. Today I will buy Persona 2 for PS1 for 3 bucks In my game collecting career I've seriously considered paying $100 for it. And there is just so much media at our fingertips digitally now that it barely makes sense to lug it around physically, except in those rare cases where it isn't available digitally for some stupid reason. It may take five or ten years but I think a time is coming soon when discs just aren't going to be a major concern.