Dino Patti doesn’t like driving trucks to Japan to have physical discs delivered, prefers digital

What is it with head honchos of game companies making idiotic comments? Watch this keynote that John Carmack made in this year’s Quakecon (a whole book would have to be written to explain it). No matter how popular their games are, I guess you could say that they’re still just humans like us capable of mistakes here and there. You probably wouldn’t know who Dino Patti is and so did I until I read this off of Joystiq. Mr. Patti is the boss over at Playdead, the guys who did that cool XBLA game called Limbo. He also doesn’t understand why there’s still a physical media in the video game industry. In a recent interview on Eurogamer, here’s what he had to say:

“I don’t understand how anyone can make money out of this. Driving a truck to Japan just to get it delivered to people when they can get it from the net? Hopefully the new consoles will embrace the download space even more.”

While driving a truck to Japan from where he comes from is basically impossible, he also made some OK (just ok) points on the current physical model. I certainly don’t think the physical media will go away. Think of this as MP3s, it revolutionized the music industry and Apple sold millions of iPods and yet, every car is still equip with cd players. Stores still carries CDs and cd players..

What do you guys think? When do you think physical media will lose it’s steam?


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