Phil Harrison Is "Pretty Confident" Young Generation Won't Buy Physical Media

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One day, Atari's Phil Harrison believes, physical game media will be no more. No more DVDs, CDs, and no more video games in plastic boxes. Phil's take: "There’s a generation of kids being born today and probably already alive who I’m pretty confident will never buy a physical media product. They will never buy a DVD, they will never buy a CD, and they will never buy a game in a box."

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This line of banter isn't new from Phil. Back in 2006, while still an exec at Sony, Harrison told Wired: "I'd be amazed if the PlayStation 4 has a physical disc drive." All arrows do point to a physical media-free future. And that's kind of sad, you know?

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TomFooligans
TomFooligans

The young generation also thinks that Soulja Boy is a genius and have never played Galaga. It's obvious that the young generation is composed of clauds, too thick to put on their own outfit in the morning. And that's why it's up to us to continue buying physical media, so we have awesome game collections to show off, and so that when our Xbox 720s break we don't lose all our games because broken DRM and licensing fucks us all over. It'll happen, you hear me? We have to put our foot down and stop it.

Also, I'd like to pass legislation requiring all children to spend 2 hours of each school day from ages 8 to 11 learning about classic video games, so eventually earning a Gamer Card issued by the state in which they reside. This way, when some 9-year-old is talking trash on Halo 3, we can check to see if he's got a gamer card, and perma-ban his ass if he hasn't earned his right to play. Wait, what was the original topic? Physical media? I love that shit.