Why do people keep saying "digital download"?

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by war2thegrave, Jun 7, 2013.

  1. war2thegrave
    OP

    war2thegrave GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    133
    38
    Feb 12, 2010
    United States
    I get what people mean when they use that phrase, but...

    Of course it's digital. How else are you going to download it?

    It's like stating "driving car", or "Floating boat", or "music record".

    What was wrong with "downloadable content" or "downloadable game"?
     
  2. xist

    xist ΚΑΤΑ ΤΟΝ ΔΑΙΜΟΝΑ ΕΑΥΤΟΥ

    Member
    5,861
    863
    Jul 14, 2008
    That's not redundant. Records don't just hold music....much like a music cd is different to an audiobook cd.
     
  3. war2thegrave
    OP

    war2thegrave GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    133
    38
    Feb 12, 2010
    United States
    Fair enough.
    Though, I have come across few records that have contained anything other than music.
    Perhaps I should have used "audio record" instead.
     
  4. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

    Former Staff
    8,871
    16,883
    Apr 4, 2006
    Croatia
    Zagreb
    I blame the RAS syndrome.

    No, because "record" can have many meanings: "written record", "dental record", "criminal record", "permanent record", etc. "Audio record" is still not redundant. :)
     
  5. Issac

    Issac I

    Global Moderator
    GBAtemp Patron
    Issac is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    5,274
    2,376
    Apr 10, 2004
    Sweden
    Sweden
    Doesn't it come from like:
    "It's a digital game, that you download. A digital, downloadable, game." (as opposed to "analog" cartridges).
    then it was shortened:
    digital downloadable game -> digital download... perhaps?

    EDIT:

    And then it just stuck... just like people saying ATM Machine etc. which also is redundant.
     
  6. war2thegrave
    OP

    war2thegrave GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    133
    38
    Feb 12, 2010
    United States
    Cartridges are a digital format as are pretty much any other
    format that commercial games have been released on in the
    last 20 years.
     
  7. Issac

    Issac I

    Global Moderator
    GBAtemp Patron
    Issac is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    5,274
    2,376
    Apr 10, 2004
    Sweden
    Sweden
    hence the use of quotation marks
     
  8. mechadylan

    mechadylan GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    776
    141
    Aug 18, 2009
    United States
    Probably legal speak to prevent people from trying to obtain a hard copy of a game simply because they own a downloaded version and therefore a license to play said game.
     
  9. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Member
    27,883
    8,110
    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    PHP = PHP Hypertext Preprocessor
    WINE = WINE Is Not Emulator
    DNS Server = Domain Name Server Server
    etc.

    technical acronyms wut u doin
     
    Sagat and PJM like this.
  10. Pedeadstrian

    Pedeadstrian GBAtemp's Official frill-necked lizard.

    Member
    3,525
    1,564
    Oct 12, 2012
    United States
    Sandy Eggo
    WoW/any other MMO: Please pst. Aggravates me to no end. I never really minded digital download, probably because it's not using the same word like some acronyms do. But, in regards to your last line, downloadable content can be anything. A walkthrough, a game, porn, etc. Downloadable game is fine, but it's just not catchy, unlike digital download. It's an awesome alliteration.
     
  11. Issac

    Issac I

    Global Moderator
    GBAtemp Patron
    Issac is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    5,274
    2,376
    Apr 10, 2004
    Sweden
    Sweden

    Those along with GNU = GNU's Not Unix! & XNA = XNA's Not Acronymed are called recursive acronyms :)
     
    Rydian likes this.
  12. DiabloStorm

    DiabloStorm Five Gold Star Medalist

    Member
    666
    340
    May 29, 2011
    Japan
    Charicific Valley
    I physically download my games, and let me tell you, it's painful.
     
    Rydian likes this.
  13. ShadowSoldier

    ShadowSoldier GBAtemp Guru

    Member
    9,383
    3,300
    Oct 8, 2009
    Canada
    ...EoF material?
     
  14. Vappy

    Vappy GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Member
    1,507
    1,154
    May 23, 2012
    Clearly it's to distinguish from analog download.
     
  15. Taleweaver

    Taleweaver Storywriter

    Member
    5,601
    1,643
    Dec 23, 2009
    Belgium
    Belgium
    Damnit...I wanted to be the one to say that! :(


    But yeah...as Veho mentioned: it's sort of the same as the RAS syndrome. Though not an acronym (e.g.: HIV-virus = Human Immunodeficiency Virus ... Virus), I think this phrase is still something used by the same people who don't exactly know their shit (kind of similar to how often I hear that it's okay to surf the web, provided you don't download anything).
     
  16. narutofan777

    narutofan777 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    731
    33
    Mar 27, 2010
    Afghanistan
    becuz u download it from the internet? :blink:
     
  17. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

    Former Staff
    8,871
    16,883
    Apr 4, 2006
    Croatia
    Zagreb
    And why do we call it "digital distribution"? Aren't DVDs digital?

    [​IMG]


    :ha:
     
  18. JoostinOnline

    JoostinOnline Certified Crash Test Dummy

    Member
    10,970
    3,755
    Apr 2, 2011
    United States
    The Twilight Zone
    Lol, so did I!

    Edit: It's the same reasons that people keep calling the System Menu firmware on the Wii. Because everybody else does it, and because people don't understand what they are talking about.