Trippy Turtle said:
The only thing I can think of you might be trying to say but not really getting it across is that you can't continue to download games for a console once they stop supporting it? Well they stop making dics eventually too, good luck finding a Gamecube game in a shop these days.
Basically this, the difference being that my CD's will continue to work long after servers are down where as the digital copy will be gone if you uninstall or replace the hard drive (which is the part most at risk of failure in a computer/console). Also you can't have a collection of digital games, I have all my physical games on shelves that I like to own and collect, digital games have no value (either financially or personally/emotionally), which is fine on steam at $10-20 but for a new game at $80 I expect a physical copy with my money's worth.
As for your pros for digital:
"Not having to leave the house" - besides that just being laziness, you can buy games online and have them shipped. I prefer to get my games from stores near where I work so convenience isn't an issue for me.
"not needing to find space for discs" - for me having the physical item is the advantage, I like having something physical for the money I pay, I like having my collection of games that I can see and physically handle, the list on steam doesn't have the same "money well spent" feeling. This is subjective though.
"never being sold out" - As with the first point, with online stores and ebay there is literally no game you cannot get, even in new condition, I picked up 'Corsairs' a few months ago, a 90's game I once played the demo of but was not able to get as a kid, off ebay in new condition without any effort. That aside just any game in the current and previous generation will be quite accessable.
"being safe from scratches" - Well I already said this isn't an issue, at least I haven't and neither has Strazdas, if you put your discs back into their case and onto the shelf (and keep them out of the sun light) they won't die on you. Your more likely to lose a digital game to servers being turned off and your hard drive failing than a CD keeling over, and if your paranoid then just make a backup of your disc, it's legal (atleast here in Australia) to make 1 personal backup.
I'm not saying digital is bad or that I hate it, I have 600 games on steam and many more on GoG/Gamersgate etc so I can't hate digital, what I do hate is this stupid attitude of "digital is the future everyone MUST go 100% digital or get lost" attitude that the industry and some of the community have, there is literally NO excuse why a game can't be digital and physical as they already are then it gives choice to the players weather they want a library of cheap and convenient but risky digital, a more expensive but safer physical or a mixture (as I have done). The industry wants it digital so they can charge the same amount but save in the production so they have a higher profit margin.
Regarding the turning off the servers killing your games, I was refering to what Microsoft had setup for XBO originally and what they say they still have as their vision for the future, where they would turn off the servers and the console would be bricked since it was going to require a server connect once a day to play games. I will agree using a disk to play previous gen games on the XBO is a good idea, and PS4 also does this (both are limited to certain games that publishers choose).