So, tonight, we decided to go visit Best Buy and get a game for the PC. We were looking Final Fantasy XIV, because they decided to freeze the sales of the PC digital download version of the game since everyone was buying it and making them money. Oh, but the side effect was the servers weren’t up to snuff and they had to improve them. Which they did. Now, the game is still in a freeze and you now have to go get the physical copy. Hence the trip to Best Buy.
Now, the last time I went to Best Buy, I recall them having 2 aisles of video games for PC and 1 aisle for “Productivity” Software. When we finally found some games for the PC, it consisted of basically Blizzard games, Sims 3, and a handful of other games of which no one has probably heard of on the PC. I mean there must have been about 10 feet worth of games. That’s it. Now, I understand that this is the day and age of being able to download your software via Steam or Origin, but don’t they allow you to get a physical copy of a game anymore? That section was really sad. And it’s definitely not just Best Buy. We also stopped at GameStop and sure enough. their PC Section consisted of 1 end cap. It wasn’t even close to the size at Best Buy.
So I guess buying a physical version of a game is pretty much dead unless you’re the Sims or Blizzard. I have to admit I haven’t bought a physical version of a PC Game in a while, but I wasn’t expecting that. So when Square Enix said you can buy the physical game, but we’re suspending sales of PC downloads, they knew they weren’t selling anymore of the games. I just wonder, how much money are they losing by doing this? They’ve pretty much lost me as a customer I think. I offered my account to play the game to Meesh, but she declined. They might have already lost 2 potential customers. But they’ll still retain enough customers to keep the game going I’m sure. They’re the mighty Square Enix after all and I’m just 1 customer who doesn’t agree with the way they’re doing stuff. I did, however, pick up a 60 day World of Warcraft pass. I know I can play that at least.