If you’re a fan of the retail PC space, I may have some bad news… who am I kidding?  Who’s a fan of the retail PC space anymore?  That’s why it’s dead.  The only question now is whether to mourn or celebrate that turn of events.

Sorry.  I’m getting a bit ahead of myself.  For this episode of the show, we started with a question prompted in part by this article:  will digital distribution cause the demise of store bought, physical PC games in the next five years?  If my intro didn’t clue you in, we’re pretty much agreed that it’s a very plausible theory, but there’s plenty to say on that topic beyond just agreeing or disagreeing, and I hope you’ll enjoy our musings therein.

Only three of us were along for the ride this time, so the “games played” section was a little short on content (though not on length;  we are a chatty crew), but there’s still been some good gaming going on.  If, like James, you’re horribly addicted to Fallout:  New Vegas, you’ve probably already visited the New Vegas Nexus for more mods than you’ll know what to do with.  If you haven’t, well, now you will.  I’d also appreciate it if you’d check out But That Was Yesterday, a really unique free Flash title I wrote up that the Colony of Gamers crowd seems to like a lot.  It’s a bit odd, but it won’t take you long.

As we approach the end of the year, we also turn our thoughts towards the IMmies, wherein we’ll focus on the best 2010 had to offer.  If you’ve got a game you want to make sure we don’t miss, an e-mail would be prudent.  There may be a prize involved.

Whether we plan to weep or dance on the grave, death is inevitable and must be confronted.  Has the time come for the boxed PC game?  Too early to say for sure, but in our opinion…  It’s Dead, Jim.

Hosted and Summarized by Eric [Ravenlock]
Participants are James [Vigil80] and Robert [Trebor]
Produced by Eric (God help us.)

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