Is there any solid reason we can't go back to cartridges?

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  1. rapid_fire

    rapid_fire TFW2005 Supporter

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    Im really getting sick of my games getting scratched, or dusty or finger printy and not being able to be read.. they're way too delicate man.

    How come we use them instead of Cartridges again? An I-pod can store 80 gigs of information, something like that wouldn't work for a video game?

    I've never been a fan of the disc format, and I wish they could move onto something else.
     
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    I think it's because you cant fit that much info onto a cartridge. Right? Correct me if im wrong.
     
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    I dunno either :p 

    The DS uses cartridges, its too bad they cna't just take what ever they are doing with that, and make it bigger.
     
  4. Erector

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    I'd imagine it's primarily a cost issue. Burning a DVD costs next to nothing - circuit boards, plastic casing, labels etc for a cartridge is all extra cost.
     
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    Cost and storage space are the reasons why this won't happen. Remember when FF 3 (FF6) came out for the SNES? It cost $80 or so. Now you can get PS3 games for $60 or less for most games.

    I've never had a problem with discs, if you treat them right, and are careful, you shouldn't have any problems.
     
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    that would be an intresting idea but then again Ipods cost upwards of 200 buxs in some cases ... that too much for just a game when you can just push a button and burn it to a disc. Carts are gone and never will be seen again for non-port. game systems. Though I expect the NEXT NEXT-GEN consoles to come with a terabyte HD and direct Doadloading of games.
     
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    I've never had an issue with scratched discs when I took care of my games. Also BDs are harder to scratch. :) 
     
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    direct download is a great idea.
     
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    Also, cartridges can't handle pre-rendered CGI movies (cutscenes i.e.) the same way a disc can.
     
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    Cost and they dont hold enough space. Plus they yellow over time and some stop reading on the console.
     
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    This thread blows my mind.
     
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    you blow my mind sugar ;)  [​IMG]
     
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    Oh stop it you, you big flirt.
     
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    i would rather have actual things than direct downloads...never was a fan, and you can't really bring the game to other people's places if you do.

    and what about thumb drives (which has a different range of sizes) ...plus with USB 3.0 coming (which is ~2x faster than 2.0)....and it can hold a whole DVD dual-layer disc too. you could sorta fit 5 thumb drives where a DVD would fit.

    and you wouldn't have to blow anything...
     
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    where's the fun in that
     
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    I've never had an issue with scratched discs, either. I either keep my discs in the system or in their case, don't lend them out, and don't leave them just lying around loose. Cartridge based games weren't that much better than disc games, and the only issue I've found with disc based games are the longer load times. I've grown used to it, though. I can't believe we're having this discussion years after cartridge games fossilized.
     
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    Actually.. Considering it's ones and zeros.. It doesn't matter the medium in video quality. a Thumb Drive can have just as good a quality video and audio as a CD.

    The limiting factor is cost and space. However with Solid state rapidly growing, and becoming cheeper. I would not be suprised to see a console attempt to take advantage of it.
     
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    there it is. the way of the future...or the present i guess. once corporations/government figure out how they can keep downloading/uploading under control, CDs and the like will most likely be defunct.

    making things really cheap.
     
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    I love the irony here - do you know how to get 80 gigs into an iPod? Via a miniature hard drive.

    How does a hard drive store data? On rotating magnetic disks.

    As far as flash memory goes, the prices can be pretty prohibitive depending on the format, so that's largely out. Honestly, the next big thing will more than likely be digital downloads - this would easily alleviate any issues caused by mishandling optical disks. You run into the quagmire of DRM at that point, but you can't win them all.
     

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