As brick-and-mortar stores are struggling in this day and age, digital distribution has been taking off into the stratosphere. Seeing where the winds of change are blowing, GameStop
has announced that it is joining the ranks of Steam
by offering a digital distribution service through its website
If players are comfortable sacrificing a physical box copy in exchange for the speed and convenience of a digital product, GameStop's
service will allow them to purchase and download games, trials, expansions and various add-ons in the comfort of their own home. Players will be allowed to install the game on one to three PCs, depending on the product. Unfortunately, because the service is being handled by a third party, GameStop gift cards and certificates are not accepted as payment.
GameStop's downloads page
features a number of MMOs for purchase, including Need for Speed World
, LEGO Universe
and Age of Conan
. If you haven't given Final Fantasy XI
a whirl, the Ultimate Collection is on sale
for $9.99 in both boxed and digital form.