Of course I'm assuming that if we go to an all streaming model. Short of a leak from inside the company or hacking your way into their servers, there's going to be no way for us to ever get a game that was only made available for streaming.
It's a pretty safe assumption to make if you have some understanding of how something like OnLive actually works. You still seem to be under the mistaken impression that a service like OnLive is distributing more than just a video stream into the homes of gamers.
No I'm not. But, I also don't see an all encompassing cloud future. I think the majority will be streaming services. But, there will always be a small amount of downloadable material available for those that want it,
If not, the Cloud will provide us with services that have classic games collections and modern games collections and whatever else we want to play. And when games start to get older they will be shunted over to the classic games area or older games area. Much like ONLIVE does for several older games that have been out for a while. They move them over to the playpack and those who have the playpack for 10 dollars a month can play them unlimited as we please.
And chances are if we already bought the game, we either got it so cheap or have had it so long, when it moves into the playpack, nobody cares.
So even if everything goes Cloud (and I'm OK with that) there will still be older games available. The fear people have with Cloud gaming is that the game will one day vanish from the service. There has been NO indication that this is true and even if it does happen to one or two games here and there, it certainly won't happen to them all.
So yes, I know that the games live on ONLINE's servers and I play them long distance from my controller to their server and back with NOTHING happening locally on my hard drive and now downloading on my end. And it will make piracy virtually impossible (which is a selling point actually, because I'd rather play games legally). But, I don't see any of that as negative.
Older games will be available, just not gathering dust in people hordes (collections) they will be available to anyone who wants to play them on the cloud.
Not that I have anything at all against collectors, I have already said I have a big collection of classic consoles (especially Sega stuff). Many of my friends are collectors.
But, at the same time being able to game on ANY supported device I choose and virtually anywhere with the recent phone and tablet apps available, and not having to wory about constantly upgrading a computer to play games on (which I can't do anyway, with a Laptop), not to mention the ridiculously cheap prices I get my games for now, TRUMPS any and all concerns I have for "owning" my games.
Which, I still believe is a load of crap in modern and future gaming. Anyone who thinks you own a modern game or game that is likely to come out anytime soon, because you have it on a disk is utterly delusional. Don't believe me...try playing a recent multiplayer game used without an "online Passcode", or any recent Ubisoft PC game without an always connected internet connection. Try to play the same copy of a playstation 3 game on more than 2 PS3s.
Those things I mentioned are RAPIDLY becoming the norm and standard of the game industry.
Sony just announced that if you want to play the games you BOUGHT on the PSP on your Vita, you'll be paying a fee to re-download them (if you register them ahead of time). Yeah, people sure do own their old PSP games on those shiny UMD disks. But, you say, I'll just keep playing them on my PSP and not worry about it. Yeah, until the no longer in production PSP breaks down. And even if that doesn't bother you, who the hell wants to carry around more than ONE handheld when traveling?\
A future in the cloud might seem unappealing to some people. But, I find a future of this crap even more repulsive.