"When my harddrive/memory stick dies, the game is gone with it!" Yes, and when your GBC cart of Pokemon Crystal dies, the game is gone with it. "Digital copies often have DRM or protection which means you can't copy them without hacking!" Last I checked my Sega Genesis didn't come with an official cart copier. Last I checked my copy of Diablo 2 had DRM to prevent me from simply copying and using the copied discs. Last I checked the Wii altered the DVD spec just enough to prevent most computers from reading+copying the discs. "Digital copies often want internet access to play the game!" And we all know that physical copies don't do that! Oh wait, they do... this is not an issue with digital distribution, it's a global DRM issue. (And there's plenty of digital titles that don't need internet access to play anyways.) "Digitial distribution will encourage game makers to make lazy/unfinished/buggy shit!" Action 52 says "hi". Hey, remember how Big Rigs was so unfinished it didn't even have collision? Game companies have always produced shit mixed in with the good titles. Reading reviews on games before buying them is always a good idea. Now, there are ACTUAL downsides. Games are often many gigs nowadays and downloading them for some people can take ages, you don't get to show off the packaging, and so on... but a lot of the main reasons people list don't make much sense when you compare the complaints to how gaming with physical copies works too.