That's like saying all the money I spent on lunch goes down the drain after I eat lunch. Which is technically true is you are eating gas station sushi. Or the same as going to a Broadway show, a movie, or a theme park. You don't get to keep any of those things after you stop paying. Most people would probably find analogs with Netflix, Hulu, or other subscription services as well.The issue with gamepass and subscription like services imo is that all your money invested goes down the drain once you stop paying. I don't think that is a very good deal for those of us who don't play every single game on the service once and move on. I pick up games in interested in and generally keep them for as long as I wish for a flat rate without having to worry about whether or not I can keep up payments to keep the privilege of gaming as a hobby
The thing I love the most about Gamepass, and this is true for most buffet style subs, is discoverability anyway. Finding a game you like but weren't sure you wanted to pay for is great. Finding a game you hate but didn't pay for is even better. I used to subscribe to Gametap somewhere around 2005-2008. That where I first played The Witcher, Trine, Sam and Max (the Telltale one) and Clive Barker's Jericho. I'm not sure I would have played any of those if I had to pay for them.
Not to get morbid, but my mother passed away some years ago and she collected books. Cleaning out her house was one of the hardest things I've done. The emotional impact of trying to get rid of things she loved that may or may not have value is draining. And it's not something I want my kids to go through. But I have a large physical game collection and over 2000 DVD/BD/HDDVD movies. And my wife... Collects books.Subscription model may not be for everyone but i am not looking forward to going back and collecting cds, dvds, brs and games anymore. I have tons of those and dont know what to do with it, too sentimental to throw it away and too cheap/problematic to sell. And problem with getting older is i get bored with games pretty quickly, before i could play for hours crap like Battle Arena Toshninden 3 on psx now i am getting bored after 1 hour playing games that are 8s or 9s. I was hyped as hell for RE4 remake as this was one of my favorite games on ps4 and i couldn't even finish demo. Now i know, if it was on gamepass maybe i would give it a second chance to play but i am not gonna buy it. Thats a huge value for me.
I'm also glad to hear that I'm not the only one who was underwhelmed by the RE4 demo. I'm not sure what it is I don't like about it, but it just isn't quite there for me. I didn't finish the demo either, but that's because it kept crashing.
It's not an either/or choice though. I have Gamepass, and I've bought games that are on Gamepass. Two recent examples would be Streets of Rage 4 and Back 4 Blood. In fact, I bought Back 4 Blood twice, because once I discovered that I liked the game, it went on sale on Steam for the right price for me, and I picked it up for when it leaves Gamepass. But then I wanted the DLC and I found that transferring my save was convoluted, so I bought the Ultimate Edition on Xbox. Back 4 Blood happens to be an Xbox Anywhere game, so the PC and console version are included in the same license.I think the choice here though is more between permanently owned digital games (e.g. through Steam) and a subscription service which gives you temporary access to games while they are hosted on the service. I doubt anyone is advocating for a return back to physical media.
I would also like to point out, and again not to be morbid, but when I pass away, technically so does my Steam account. It's in the user agreement. So that's temporary as well, because when it comes down to it, I'm temporary.