So this CNBC Reports video popped up on my YouTube feed, and I couldn’t help but compare this story to how everyone in the video game industry is currently expecting a phase out of physical media. All trends pointing to digital downloads and even streaming. Is it possible that this is just a phase the market is going through?
Apparently, physical books have gone through a resurgence and have withstood the Amazon Kindle bubble in the early 2010’s. Back then, everyone believed that physical books would eventually become obsolete. A Kindle was more portable, inexpensive, better for the environment, and took up less space than a library of physical books; It seemed like a no-brainer. This clearly never came to pass. Physical books now take up a bigger slice of the market than ebooks.
As retro gamers, we love our physical copies. Clearly there is still a market for physical games as a whole cottage industry of limited print games are on the market and are apparently a viable business
model. Is it possible that the video game industry would experience similar trend? Or unlikely?