The disc (or disk, whichever you prefer): you've been around for ages. You've been very helpful in storing data and allowing us to carry your precious program(s) with to visit friends, families, co-workers and showing off the latest program. Of course, in 2014, you've still got it, but...what if I told you that there's a contender out there that wants to take your throne? Well, there is, and its name is Digital Download.
Alright, that's quite enough. I'm here today to talk about owning a disc (DVD, Blu Ray, etc.) vs digitally downloading a program to your hard drive. Both have their ups and downs, but today, I'm here to give my unbiased look at both, and see which is better.
We're going to kick things off with owning something on a disc. This first part will take a look at the pros of owning a disc.
The first pro of owning a disc is the packaging has nice artwork on it, which draws you in and makes the decision of buying it a little more clear. Some games (and movies) have really nice artwork, and a good example of that would be Dishonored: Game of the Year edition. The design of Corvo's mask is really cool looking in the game, and it looks even more impressive as cover art. My take on it (as a former artist) would be that the right eye (our left if looking face on) could symbolize a target (of sorts) locked onto a target either to eavesdrop or prepare to kill. The left eye (our right) makes use of the fact that Corvo is watching...so beware. The silver skull shape on black background makes the design pop out, and does add a little of that "spooky" look like as if the game is staring back at you.
The second pro of owning a disc is that sometimes you'll purchase an anthology, and you'll get multiple discs (the Lord of the Rings is a good example to use).
This wraps up Part 1. Check back in a few days for Part 2.
Ken Kriho is a videographer, producer and director. He has a YouTube and Twitch channel (links at homepage). Ken is also a graduate with a degree in Art from UWEC.