I do not want to sound like a traitor, or something like that, but I can actually sort of agree with what Tom is saying when it comes to digital games. For me, and I imagine a gamer (as opposed to a collector, but sadly I am both, so I get conflicted a lot), the most important thing is playing and enjoying the game. Such as, that is why I bought Nocturne without the case and manual, because at that time, even though I hate buying games that way, it was either that, or not playing the game, and, well, I wanted to play the game. I did eventually get the case and manual though, when I daringly ram-raided a Gamestop, but that is a story for another time.
But I also agree that I love the feeling of going out searching for a game; hell, it is only half about the game, half about the journey and the fun of just getting it; the memories you get from it. I can feel that certain sense of fun when browsing the Virtual Console or PS1 Classics, but it is no where near as great as going outside on a mini adventure (not to mention that things are not added often to the North American services, bleh). But, I still have fond memories attached to DD games, like Corpse Parry, and definitely Kirby's Adventure (which I never would have known about or played if not for the virtual console).
So, I am definitely conflicted by my gamer half and my OCD collector half, but, for me at least, the gaming side usually wins out, and playing the game is the most important thing. But, this is just how I feel.
However, though I am coming around, I am still not a big fan of DD, but mainly because the buyer seems to have very litte security when it comes to their purchase, and I only see that becoming worse in the future.
Still, I think it is too early to be getting so up in arms over a few DD games.
Currently Playing:LoZ: Link's Awakening DX
Pokemon White 2 (Post Game)
Fire Emblem 7 (HHM) (On Hold)
Games Beaten in 2013: Ico (HD Run) (1/5)
Pokemon White (1/12)
Shadow of the Colossus (HD Run) (1/19)
Metroid Fusion (1/27)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations (2/4)
Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 (2/7)
Pokemon Trozei! (4/5)
Pokemon White 2 (4/20)
Fragile Dreams (4/27)
Aero Porter (5/10)
Liberation Maiden (5/10)
Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon (5/19)
I generally stay away from the whole physical vs. digital debate, but I think I'll put my two cents in.
Like most people here, I much prefer physical games. If I'm given the option between both, then I'll take the physical version any day. I am okay with digital games, although I've never bought a retail-style game as a download. All the digital games I have on my PS3 are games from previous generations or download-only games like Flower. However, if there was a retail-style game I really really wanted that was digital-only, then I would buy it regardless of format. I play games to have fun and enjoy myself, and the format doesn't take away from the enjoyment.
Buying download games doesn't separate the gamers from the wannabes. A gamer plays games because he or she enjoys playing games. Not going out of your way to search for rare games may make you less of a collector, but it definitely does not make you any less of a gamer, and I'm not a collector in any way, shape, or form. I play games to have fun, and that's it. The way in which I obtain a game, whether it's buying a physical product in a store or online, or buying a download game, does not matter in the slightest. A good game is a good game.
I understand the feeling of finding a rare game; this happened to me when I bought SMT Nocturne when it was really hard to find, before it got a reprint. I was really happy when I found the game, brand new, for a good price, because I had been looking for a good deal on it for a while, but this feeling lasted only when I bought the game and when it came in the mail. As soon as I owned the game I treated it just like any other game. Yes, I knew it was rare, but I played it and enjoyed it the same as I would any other game. When I was playing it, not once did I think about searching for it and buying it. In fact, I haven't thought about either of those since I bought the game 5+ years ago.
(If we were talking about books I would be much more adamant about physical products. I don't own an e-reader, and I don't plan on owning one until physical books stop being produced entirely. But I would, begrudgingly, buy an e-reader if that were the case, because I like reading WAY too much to stop buying new books.)
For what it's worth and by that I mean no one cares, when I think of "gamer wannabes" I tend to think of those people from high school that maybe played some of their sibling's LOZ game and Pokemon B/R/Y back in the day and now they wear all their retro gamer and/or memerific clothes from Hot Topic and do their hair all cute/crazy and run around quoting Portal/"CAKE IS A LIE xD" and talking like a damn lolcat or whatever and maybe, just maybe plays one of the currently popular FPS games.
Maybe I'm crazy and no one knows what the hell I'm talking about, or it's all outdated now, but the point is you're all wonderful people and I really really doubt you're what I just described so clicking some buttons to buy a game off Amazon should not make you a traitor to games and gamers everywhere right?!
*hides his stash of Mario t-shirts*
Currently Playing: Fire Emblem: Awakening, Digimon Adventure, Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed
Games Beaten in 2013: 8: Retro Game Challenge, Corpse Party 2U, Code of Princess, Dark Souls, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Atelier Meruru, Yakuza: Dead Souls, Liberation Maiden
Download DD games and not play them? Or buy physical copies so that I can stare at the cases on my shelf while I'm too busy not playing them? #firstworldproblems
No no, I have some game-related shirts too. YOU SEE, IT IS DIFFERENT WHEN IT'S US BECAUSE because uh we uh play games yeah it's different TOTALLY DIFFERENT. Maybe not. Whatever we're excused Princess Ivy said so, 'kay! Back to my haterade, the stuff doesn't drink itself its self it's whatever.
Also go XSEED future releases, yes go release those games do it DO IT NOW.