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23 May 2023, 00:16

Online Libraries: The New Face of Game Collecting

Online Libraries: The New Face of Game Collecting
Recently, the hobby of collecting games has undergone major changes, having flown into the world of modern technology.

Relatively recently, collecting games involved hunting for physical media. Cassettes, discs and cartridges became an integral part of the collection, and their stylish covers and original design gave the games a special charm. Collectors invested every effort to keep their finds in perfect condition, because this gave the games an added value.

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However, with the advent of the digital age, everything has changed. Online libraries such as Steam, the Epic Games Store, PlayStation Store and Xbox Live have opened the door to a virtual world repository of gaming pleasures. Now players can easily replenish their collection by simply pressing a couple of buttons on the screen of their gadget.
Online library of games.
Online library of games.
Virtual Libraries offer a user-friendly interface where players can easily manage their collection, download or delete games at their convenience. In addition, many platforms offer exclusive content, discounts and upgrades, making the collecting experience even more fun and varied.
Distribution of the GTA 5 game in the Epic Games Store.
Distribution of the GTA 5 game in the Epic Games Store.
Interesting fact: Epic Games Store pleases its users every week with free games! Among the free offers, one could find real hits: Grand Theft Auto 5, Mordhau, LEGO, Metro 2033 Redux, Tropico 5. 
However, in the online world, collecting games has its downsides. Digital games may become more vulnerable to loss of access or deletion. If the developer company closes the servers or stops supporting the game, then players risk losing the ability to continue to immerse themselves in it. Questions are being raised about the long-term preservation and collectible value of digital works.

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