First off, as I've mentioned many times, I prefer the physical board game on my table over their digital counterparts. However, I've come to learn there are some positives to having digital versions as well.
That being said, here's another case AGAINST digital board games... Now this may blow some minds...
Physical board games DO NOT have updates that take place.
Games on your table DO NOT need 'patches' to make them function more efficiently.
It's the reason I stopped purchasing new video game systems. When I got my PS3, I would buy a new game off Marketplace and want to try it out. So I'd have 30min or so just to turn it on and see what it's like. Oh but wait... It needs to update! 10-15min of your 30min just disappeared. The retro systems didn't need that!!!!
I'm now running into similar encounters with digital versions of games on Steam. Please take into account, I am not talking about 'early access' games (like my digital version of Brass Birmingham). People buying 'early access' know (or should know) that there will be bugs, updates, patches etc... There have been many of my digital board game versions updating recently. The most recent was an update that occured with Terraforming Mars on Steam, and suddenly I've had issues. 🙄 Compared to before the update when I had NONE. 😯 It's a shame because what they're "fixing" actually sounded pretty good (in theory).
It's just another reason why physical board games, on my table will always be my number one go-to. They are what they are (until you buy an expansion or upgrades by your own choice that is 🤣). Every time you sit down to play a game at the table, it'll be what it was since you last played. 5, 10, 50 years down the road, it'll be what it's always been. That's special! Especially in today's world where something is 'old' or 'out-dated' in less than 2-years. There's no worries at the table that maybe you won't make it through a game because something messes up or doesn't work properly. If something does mess up, it's just YOU! And YOU have the ability to fix.... YOU. 🤣
If I can get my head to think differently, I can take the money spent on digital board games and save for physical games and just try to get more creative in the spaces and times I can play them. 🤔