Poll: Do You Miss Video Game Cartridges?

December 5, 2013 - Andrew Eisen

I miss video game cartridges.

They were sturdy and more fun to handle.  No need to worry about fingerprints or gingerly placing them in a tray or slot.  Just jam those suckers in your console and away you go!  Heck, you could dropkick those suckers across the room if you didn't mind getting grounded.

The amount of space is limited only by cost.  You could have battery backups and even custom chips (remember the Super NES's FX chip?).  They were faster too!  No installing and rarely any loading!

I say it's time to bring carts back!  Who's with me?!

Well, that's what this week's poll is for.  If you long for the return of carts, you know how to cast your vote.  Happy with optical discs?  What's wrong with you?  I mean, there's a response option for you too!  Perhaps you prefer digital downloads to any physical media (you weirdo).

Vote in the poll and let us know your preference then jump in the comments section and argue with each other about the superiority of your favorite format!  Come on, it'll be fun!  You can even send us an email at SuperPACpodcast@gmail.com if you're so inclined.

EZK and I will reveal the poll results on the next podcast.  Look forward to it!

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen


Comments

Re: Poll: Do You Miss Video Game Cartridges?

Do I miss them? Well yeah, of course. The smell of them when you first opened a new one up, the feel of them in your hands... But then we get into the nuts and bolts of the subject and I don't miss them as much. Overall data size limits, the ability to become unplayable (for a time) until you blew into them to remove dust buildup and whatnot, etc.

They were good while they were here, but they're pretty much just a nostalgic trip nowadays.

Or are they...? We've got USB drives with a ton of space on them (some with even more so than the current gen discs), so there's always a chance someone creates a new "console" that uses cartridges that are basically nothing more than a USB drive you plug into a slot...

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True, USB drives demonstrate an interesting possible return to cartirate like distribution again.

I have noticed that the last couple jobs I started, rather then giving employies a stack of documents to read they handed out cheap USB drives. 

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Thanks to likely cost I don't miss them much, but the durability was nice.

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I kinda skipped a large portion of the cartridge era to really feel I miss them. My first console was something akin to the RCA Studio II (it's the only thing coming up in Google that is similar) and then the Atari 2600. I was very young when I had those and I quickly moved on to the C64 where most of my games were on cassette tape and only a couple on cartridge.

Skip forward a few years, including most of the 90s where I barely gamed at all and missed the start of the PC era (although I was still somewhat in the loop thanks to my gamer friends) and my next cartridge experience was with the N64 I bought after getting hooked on gaming again thanks to the Playstation. But I only ever bought a couple of games for it.

Nothing like a speedy SSD for my games these days and I'm willing to spend time installing my PC games in preparation. Not so much for my consoles. I like to be able to buy a console game, throw it in and just start playing. If I choose to install later then that's my choice, but I'm not a huge fan of compulsory installs on console. To that end it would be nice to have some ROM on a thumb stick that you can play straight away.

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I look at cartridges as the Vinyl records of video gaming. It's way better in alot of cases but people and developers prefer optical media because it's cheaper.

Re: Poll: Do You Miss Video Game Cartridges?

While I know they switched to optical due to the lower cost (nearly trivial per disk), I wonder how much going back to ROMS would actually add to a modern 60-90$ game.

I admit, I miss them and the flexibility (as well as durability) they brought to gaming.  Though I suspect their time is simply passed.  Even stepping back from manufacturing, the general move across industries is the increasing standardization on components and technologies who's primary advantage is everyone else is using them.  There is less and less room for 'this is a good solution for this domain' and more 'this solution is kinda ok across many domains'.

Re: Poll: Do You Miss Video Game Cartridges?

To be big enough to house modern games, the cost is probably very prohibitive. However, the price of 3DS games are not effected all that much but those aren't quite that big. I think that if you keep game sizes relatively small (sub 8gig) then it could be fine.

 
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