- Nov 5, 2017
The metaphor to purchasing physical goods from one particular store breaks down as soon as you dig a little deeper into whats' actually involved in purchasing a digital license from a particular storefront though. Sure, I can only get those tacos from Taco Bell, but once I have them I'm not restricted to only eating them with on Taco Bell produced plates and then crapping them out on a Taco Bell sanctioned toilet. If I want to eat Taco Bell soft tacos with special sauce from McDonalds and a Wendy's Frosty to drink, i can mix and match them and do whatever I want with them once I get them home. Not so with a digital game, as the ongoing process of playing it is tied to the storefront that it was purchased on. Modern storefront/launchers represent an entire ecosystem, and it's the fragmentation of that ecosystem that a lot of people are upset at.It's just an example. The point I'm making is that sometimes you can only get a specific product at a specific store. Is it dumb? Maybe. But unless a product was promised to be available at one place before turning around and going "nah never mind" I don't really see what's the point of getting so upset.