Okay I know a lot of great titles have come out on XBLA like Garou , SamSho 2 , KoF 98 UM MvSC2 and a lot of other great titles but in the end they do more damage to our culture than the death of arcades .
Xbox Live and Psn create a world where gamers can fight in a digital untangible version of their favorite game. This hyper reality promotes a dissociation from other players that undermines the value of a match.
These games are no longer physical copies so the player no longer has absolute ownership of the game . Players can now get rid of game on a whim with out the worries that they might never see a copy again because everything they can always re download a game .
The system of play online there is hardly any real proof to say who is good at a game and who just farms points this creates a mistrust amongst skilled players who wonder are top really good fighters or really good spammers.
Along time ago and to this day you met competition locally and when they no longer were a challenge you branched out in search of competition until you became the best like a modern day ryu . Live allows you to face opponents with huge gaps in experience and skill where a new player is at a severe disadvantage compared to fighter who is a seasoned vet who only sees this new fighter as a just another quick victory.
Owning a physical copy of something creates a sensation that apple stores and live accounts can not ever emulate.