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65. Re: No subject Oct 5, 2004, 14:12 StooMonster
Does anyone know if the reason for exporting DVDs instead of CDs has anything to do with the encryption laws or the tarriff that may be imposed on weight or # of pieces?

Maybe a long shot, but there has to be a reason hidden somewhere in here.

LOL. Exporting? From where to where? From the USA? You think they make all the games and ship them around the world? You don't think there are shiney disc duplication plants in places like UK?

The reason we have DVD releases is the retailers.

We have higher population density, and shops have smaller square metreage per person. This combination means that retailers want product to take up less shelf space.

Hence long ago we gave big cardboard boxes for games the heave-ho and switched to DVD cases. However, these were often full of CD-ROMs sometimes three.

Unfortunately you can't fit six CD-ROMs in a single DVD-case, so retailers put pressure on publisher for high volume titles to be on DVD (takes up less space, and cheaper to ship around).

Shipping on DVD has upside for publisher too because a DVD DVD costs about the same as a single CD to manufacture (they really do), therefore six discs CD is six times as expensive as DVD. Furthermore, they don't need to use some clip in rubbish in DVD case to hold multiple disks.

In USA it's different, retailers tend to think that people see more value in big boxes and lots of disks. More is more.


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