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Posted: Oct 24th 2010 8:30AM (Unverified) said

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I think they should mainly just have people download their game and offer the option to get the cd if you buy the digital version for like $2 or something or give people the files to make an install CD. I think companies would save money if they didn't have to keep making more boxed copies.

Posted: Oct 24th 2010 8:16AM Eamil said

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For games I know probably won't hold my interest, I won't bother hunting down a boxed copy if I can buy off Steam or their web site. On the other hand, for games I really like I like to have the boxes, and I'm a sucker for collector's editions and whatnot for franchises I like.

Posted: Oct 24th 2010 8:21AM (Unverified) said

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A box is just useless clutter. Something you'll have to throw away in the future. The game is what I'm interested in, and I'd rather get it without them adding on a serving of garbage.

Posted: Oct 24th 2010 6:46PM real65rcncom said

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The feel of the raised lettering, the art design, the clever way of opening this box or that box, the collector's edition items that only come WITHIN a box and not through an internet connection... junk?

One man's junk is another man's merchandise and art.
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Posted: Oct 24th 2010 8:22AM (Unverified) said

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For MMOs, I prefer digital download because the game itself wouldn't be playable offline anyway. For offline games, I would go for a box....which is why I don't buy anything off Steam. In Steam, you don't own any of your games, you're just renting it indefinitely. If Steam shuts down or if Valve close your account for any reason (my friend had it happen when he changed his credit card and Valve closed his account giving some "credit-card fraud" reasoning), you're boned in that you can't play any of your games, even offline ones.

Posted: Oct 24th 2010 8:29AM alucard3000 said

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It is too bad that these companies dont pass on some of the money they are saving on distribution money from digital downloads to their customers,it still seems the customers price tag stays the same box or not,so in that regard I would prefer to still have the box unless that DDL made it a bit cheaper.

Posted: Oct 27th 2010 8:12AM (Unverified) said

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Exactly. They save a lot of money with DDL... and downloaders really don't get much benefit. Heck, you still even have to wait for the game to unlock at 10am or so most of the time.

DDLs should be cheaper and unlock at midnight.
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Posted: Oct 24th 2010 12:17PM yeppers said

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Most of the time, the publisher fixes the price so the digital download vendors don't unfairly compete with the brick-and-mortar stores. They're really two different markets.

Stores like Target, Best Buy, and Game Stop have valuable shelf space, release date events, advertising, etc. Stores like Steam or Direct2Drive just have a spot on their website.

Could definitely be changing though. Convenience and the fact the physical disk SW version is probably 2 patches behind are big pushes for a "download on release day" option.
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Posted: Oct 24th 2010 2:00PM Liltawen said

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Problem with Best Buy,etc. is they have a wall of WOW and 1 or 2 of everything else if you're lucky (love that Blizzard marketing dept.). i generally buy CE from Amazon which I guess is trying to have it both ways. Don't really trust digital only.
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Posted: Oct 24th 2010 7:50PM LuxAurumque said

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There is a reason that there are as you said a "wall" of WOW boxes and only a few of the others. It comes down to the fact WOW is more popular and is more likely to sell. Places like target don't care about artistic this or expressionism that. If they will make more money by having 100 copies of WOW and no copies of Final Fantasy Online that is what they will do. Stores are out to make money and believe it or not space costs stores money. If they have something on the shelf that doesn't sell that is room they could have stored something that _would_ sell.

I am all for digital download. While I like my collection of game boxes on the shelf, I am willing to give that up for convenience. Not having to search out who stocks the game I want, having to drive there and back, and on top of installing having to patch it anyway. Though I will say that the draconian protections on some downloadable content makes a person wonder why they paid 50 dollars for a headache and a wisp of smoke.
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Posted: Oct 24th 2010 5:20PM alucard3000 said

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But also another reason I like boxed versions is you will never find a inexpensive copy of a DDL on ebaylike how I was able to get AOC for 2 dollars hehe.
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Posted: Oct 24th 2010 8:32AM (Unverified) said

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Steam Steam Steam!

Posted: Oct 24th 2010 8:39AM cic said

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I have no need for excessive packaging that will one day end up in a landfill. I understand why people would want something tangible for their hard earned money but I don't understand people that just collect to collect. It's hoarding, and in this day and age we really need to watch our consumption as a consumer and act more responsibly.

Time to think seriously about the effect of these items and what we need and really don't need in our lives. Does having a paper sleeve, booklet or plastic figurine really make your life that much more enjoyable or add any value than not having it?

Posted: Oct 24th 2010 11:01AM (Unverified) said

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I don't think it matters much when it comes to MMOs, but for console games it matters a whole lot as people like to own what they bought and be able to sell it when they want. Where as in MMO we are merely renting our account.
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Posted: Oct 24th 2010 8:39AM Natasha said

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I prefer digital distribution since I was in the habit of destroying games when I realised I had/have an addictive nature. In order to prevent me from playing them again. Of ocurse, that didn't always work in my favour, since I just bought another box. At least digital distribution saves me money. lol

That game collection displayed in the photo is positively MASSIVE (massively speaking).

Posted: Oct 24th 2010 8:47AM (Unverified) said

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I prefer digital downloads for simplicity, it's just a shame, and kind of idiotic, that the boxed game (purchased online) is generally significantly cheaper than the price on Steam...

Posted: Oct 24th 2010 8:56AM alinos said

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it's not so much idiotic as it is necessary

if those stores told you that there price was the same as steams and you have to wait on delivery they'll never make any sale's

in order to get sales online game stores have to try to undercut steam wherever they can.
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Posted: Oct 24th 2010 8:51AM alinos said

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as someone who live in the land down under

i digital download, But only because a large deal of what steam offers comes at a 50USD store price tho activision and 2k are trying to charge us higher prices still in USD

the extra cost with buying real copies in australia is not worth the tangible evidence of purchase except on collectors editions(plastic batarang go :P )

otherwise id have to start importing but with that comes the inherent delays in delivery

Posted: Oct 24th 2010 8:52AM Pan1 said

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The less tangible these services become the cheaper they should be.

Thats the ultimate bottom line conclusion for me.

I'm not a collector type of person, I'm just an aware consumer.
The actual process of buying a box supports a lot of people, so in a way it can justify its cost. Since producing a CD is dirt cheap.

If you are going to cut those people out of the loop then it has to be reflected in the cost of the product. And that should be reflected back into the entire process.

There is no wear and tear on digital data. On neither side.


Posted: Oct 24th 2010 9:30AM TrendyGuy said

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I love boxes and I don't even keep them like many people do. I enjoy the excitement of opening them on release day, looking through the manual, and unfolding the map that came with it for the first time. Also, I enjoy owning all my games on cd/dvd, it just makes me feel better than trusting Steam or some other company.

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