Ok, firstly let me say that I don't think the future is bleak. I only have that title to the thread because of the article which I read with that title here: http://maryvillepawprint.com/2012/04...f-video-games/
The gist of the article is that the new consoles will attempt to lock games to accounts and reduce 2nd hand sales. What I wanted to comment on was the following bit in the article:
Firstly, this statemet didn't make sense because if they switch to a digital medium then we won't buy physical products from the stores anymore which means guys like BT Games and Gamestop need to change their business models. I'm sure they're already losing out on PC Game sales because of Steam and the like.2- No more discount games.
One of the ways kids, especially broke college kids, afford video games is to wait until a month or so after the game is released and then buy a used copy at a much discounted price. This provides the consumer with a cheaper copy of the game and provides companies such as game stop with an extra revenue stream. Take that revenue stream away and stores will have to mark up prices on new games even more in order to make any profit.
I find that all these negative views of the future of games is driven by fearmongers who want to hold onto the 2nd hand game market. If digital distribution is the future and Telkom gets its butt in gear then the future of gaming can look great indeed if you're able to download an play the latest games on the day of release for half the price!