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Posted: Jun 24th 2011 8:07AM terroni said

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Boxes go straight in the trash for me, so digital download is my preference.
Plus I never have to worry if the store has a copy available.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 9:32AM real65rcncom said

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@terroni
Box for SWTOR. That goes without saying.
I could be persuaded to go digital for most everything else.

But I am expecting some huge box art and goodies in a SWTOR box so I wouldn't even THINK of digital that.

I'd go digital GW2 though.
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Posted: Jun 24th 2011 8:12AM Shoikler said

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Call me an old fuddy-duddy if you wish, but I prefer the "sentimental clutter" of the box version.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 1:19PM NeverDeath said

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@Shoikler

Me too. I still have my original box copies of Warlords Battlecry I-III, Starcraft 1 + Brood War, all three Warcrafts and expansions, Mechwarrior 2-4, Enclave, Worms 1-2 and Armageddon - tons of games. I like boxed copies, the only game I've ever purchased digitally was Champions Online.
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Posted: Jun 24th 2011 8:14AM (Unverified) said

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Digital usually. Unless the boxed copy has some really nice physical extras, I'm a sucker for a good art book.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 8:15AM chuckasucka said

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Digital. I love steam with a passion, so I always want to support it.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 8:16AM Manistine said

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Digital all the way, soon as they started doing this I stopped buying boxes. Don't want the box and such, just more trash to get rid of. Also the advantage of being able to re-download the game is awesome, over the years I've definitly lost or damaged my share of disks.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 8:21AM Yellowdancer said

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I am not a neat person and cleaning takes effort that I don't want to put in. I'm also a pack rat and tend to not throw stuff away. For PC games, I try to go digital. For console games, I will stay physical. I tend to buy used stuff.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 8:25AM (Unverified) said

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I prefer both boxed and digital copy. If its a game i truly want, i'll go out and grab the box and put it up there like a trophy. But if its something i can wait for or don't need it right away, i'll go on steam and pick it up for cheap.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 8:28AM Greyhame said

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Depends on the game and what's in the box. If the box is just the game on disk, then I prefer digital. If the box has extra goodies that I want, then I want the box.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 8:28AM TheGreatMachine said

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Digital all the way. I'd rather save a tree than have some garish box clutter my space.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 8:29AM (Unverified) said

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I lean towards digital for MMO's since they're usually downloadable on the game's site. But I go for physical if it's cheaper or you know, a console game. I don't worry about physical collector's edition items though, they never really appealed to me.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 8:29AM Rowlf said

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Boxes, I like to have the (good) games standing in my room, especially when it's a CE. And I'm not that a fan of being depended of steam-like programs either.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 8:30AM Amusednow said

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Base install of a game always will opt for the box copy but would lean towards digital for expansions. Also depends on the type of game, fullblown AAA titles yeah it's a box in hand over something say like a plants v zombie deal when a d/l just makes sense. And now with the manufactured bandwidth caps becoming the favorite cash cows of telecoms it doesn't make sense to chew up 10%+ of a monthly quota for each install.

As for the tired the store won't have copies available that's pretty much BS if their inventory system is correct. I still see boxed collected editions around of cataclysm now 6 months out even when their inventory system online says nope we don't have it. Besides you're actually paying more for a digital install than a physical box one as there is some added value in boxed copies.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 8:41AM (Unverified) said

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@Amusednow
Besides you're actually paying more for a digital install than a physical box one as there is some added value in boxed copies.

explain that, cause i some times buy box and sometimes go digital and no where have i paid more for digital then physical box. you said you don't like using steam-like program. I guess you must not have to not know that some of steams sales are cheap cheap cheap. Rift for 9.99?! of go to the store and buy the box for 29.99.. idk man
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Posted: Jun 24th 2011 9:02AM DarkWalker said

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If they are both the same price, and the boxed copy is not too much a hassle to get, boxed for me.
If I have to pay extra for the boxed copy, or if I would have to jump through too many hops, digital.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 9:06AM (Unverified) said

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Ive busted/scratched/etc too many CDs/DVDs and lost too many books or cases with some stupid cd key to ever buy a box game again unless I have to.

Digital for me.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 9:08AM Silverangel said

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Due a current monthly usage cap, download is not an option. It's usually the box or I don't play a game. I don't like the Steam services either and how they install the games off in their own folder, making them hard to find, or causing a second installation if I already had a properly installed and usable beta copy, then purchased. The cost savings of downloading can be compelling though.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 9:09AM Unshra said

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For me the only time I prefer a box is when it is a collector's and/or limited edition of a game I truly enjoy over other games of the same genre. Otherwise I will always pick digital downloads over boxes when given the option.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 9:16AM Gloon said

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With a speedy 20Mbps connection and a disdain for clutter, digital download is my preferred method. To be more specific, Steam is my platform of choice.

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