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21 September 2006
Digital Distribution
People now use "digital distribution" to mean "online distribution". It makes no sense to me. Other than type-in programs in the likes of Compute! magazine, when did we ever use analog distribution for games?

In the future, I hope new intellectual properties will be digitally distributed at competitive price points....
--Matt Matthews at 09:55
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Okay, I'll curmudgeon this one. I don't believe an 18-wheeler or the slow boat from China comprise digital distribution.

By Blogger rufbo, at 21 September, 2006 19:41  

And the signals on the internets are really just analog pulses interpreted according to some rules that make that look likes zeroes and ones. So everything's analog. It's still a misnomer. ;^)

By Blogger jvm, at 21 September, 2006 20:54  

"And the signals on the internets are really just analog pulses interpreted according to some rules that make that look likes zeroes and ones. So everything's analog."

Why'd you have to spoil a reasonably good starting point with this idiocy? As if you didn't know, the pulses of which you speak (and every other signal) aren't "analog" or "digital" until they are interpreted as such.

rufbo's comment brought up the possibility that just because the _media_ that "old" distribution methods use is digital doesn't imply that the whole distribution is itself digital. Which, as a point, deserves better than your sophomoric "everything is analog, nyah".

For example, it's a bit useless to talk about "digital distribution" at all. Signals can be digital; media (stored signals) can be digital. Since I've been acquiring software by getting digital media in return for my digital money for some time now, calling it "digital distribution" because it's online seems a little late-to-the-party.

Come to think of it, using "digital" for almost anything (except maybe re-masterings of older music recordings) is probably redundant and surely pointless. It doesn't sounds any more high-tech to me (which is, I think, the intent of the buzzword). In fact, I associate "digital" with "digital watch", which sounds absolutely late 70's.

"Online" is more meaningful and up-to-date. Since it's obviously a superior term, it's no surprise that the media flacks prefer "digital". These are the same people that still want sci-fi flicks to have giant tape drives spinning in the background.

By Blogger Bob, at 25 September, 2006 00:37  

A price point of say $2.95-$4.95 ?
That seems fair to me.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 26 September, 2006 11:34  

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