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Posted: Jun 24th 2011 9:18AM Scrobes said

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Boxed copy, unequivocally!

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 9:20AM Vegetta said

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I prefer boxes Then If I need to do a wipe and install I dont have to download the game again. Yeah i know i could download and back up but meh that adds an extra step :P

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 9:23AM DeadlyAccurate said

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Digital. I've been trying hard to declutter my house, and digital is my preference in games, books, movies, and TV shows.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 9:26AM Psnacky said

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Game boxes and physical discs are nothing but clutter and trash crowding a landfill. I only buy games via digital download, if there isn't a DD option I don't get the game.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 9:28AM Kaahn Stewart said

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Digital for me, and preferably over Steam. I like having access to my games no matter what computer I'm on.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 9:28AM JanChel said

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Boxed but only if there is actually something in it other than cardboard and a leaflet. We used to get these massive tomes of user manuals and all sort of fluff but not anymore so most of my purchases have been digital for quite some time. Last one I got that had some really cool stuff in it was Starcraft 2.

Digital is too convenient an option otherwise. No need to waste gas trying to find one at a shop. And if it's a big download, you can just run it in the morning and it'll be done when you get back from work. Or overnight while you sleep.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 10:00AM DeadlyAccurate said

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@JanChel I decided at 11 at night last week I wanted Crysis 2. While technically I could've run to the 24-hour Walmart to see if they had a copy, it was about the only place that would've been remotely possible. But instead I bought it off EA's store and was able to download and install and run the intro before I went to bed.
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Posted: Jun 24th 2011 9:29AM Chiren said

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I preferred boxes back when:

1) A cloth map of Brittania was included.
2) A ankh made of a soft malleable substance that barely categorized as metal was included.
3) The manual was at least half-an-inch thick, whereas 10 pages were the actual instructions, the rest was lore the game designed tried to represent in this curious EGA colored 8 bit world.

I don't care for boxes now, and just use less-invasive, less-DRM digital distribution if the box requires:

1) The DVD is actually a form of hardware key. Meaning, lose the DVD and you can't play the game.
2) You have to install from the DVD then spend 6+ hours re-downloading and re-installing the game off of a Digital Distributor anyways.
3) The number of insert cards with advertisement for other games weighs more than the manual.

:/

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 9:29AM EndDream said

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I prefer Steam over everything. I love that I have a list of games I can re-download at any time and I can never loose them. I have lost so many boxed games in the past. I hate not being able to get certain games (like SWTOR) on Steam and will probably get a boxed copy. That is, if I decide to play it.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 9:30AM Carolina said

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I enjoy boxed copies that come with some additional cute goodies, but recently it has been more practical and cheap to buy the download of games. If overall, over time, they remove boxed copies to reduce prices and the potential of trash, I'll be quite fine.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 9:33AM Clemalum07 said

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Digital here

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 9:53AM cored said

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Digital is good. Less waste. It can be annoying downloading a big game though. It took me 2 days to install and path up WoW for Cataclysm.

And I miss the physical maps.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 9:57AM Ogged said

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Boxed.

On the one hand for sentimental reasons. I still have Doom 2, Wizardry 7 & 8, Quake 1-3, DAoC (original box, SI and ToA), Ultima 8 & 9, UO, Secret of the Silver Blades, Pools of Darkness, Warcraft 2 and both Diablos including Hellfire and LoD on my shelf :)

On the other hand, in my experience Steam is usually 10-15€ more expensive than other retailers, so unless Steam is the only source (like it was for Global Agenda) I tend to buy my software elsewhere and thus get boxes.

But, like other people mentioned, the golden age of boxed software with manual, maps and such goodies is long gone and I miss that somewhat :(

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 9:59AM Jade Effect said

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Digital download if possible.

(1) Game company receives more money per copy sold for digital downloads.

(2) I can do away with the trouble of hunting down the dvd and the cd-key.

(3) Digital distributors such as Steam keeps the game patches up to date.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 10:02AM UnknownUser said

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There was a time I wouldn't buy a digital copy. That was mostly because I live in a rural area and broadband hadn't reached us yet...plus there just didn't seem to be any value in it. After all, you miss out on the box, manuals, maps or whatever happens to be in the retail edition.

Now, I almost always choose download over going to the store unless there's something really spiffy in the box. I almost grabbed a Rift Collector's edition for the flash drive...not that I don't have a drawer full of flash drives, but none of them have the Rift logo.

The big advantage to me from downloads is not having to deal with CD Keys (or at least having them conveniently stored on Steam), finding manuals, disc cases, discs, etc every time I need to reinstall the game.

Plus, the Steam weekend sales are often just too good to pass up. I have to really want a game to buy it when it first comes out (generally only MMO's). More often than not, I wait and get it on the cheap.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 10:03AM LieutLaww said

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Certain games (SWTOR for a start) will be boxed but mainly i prefer Digital

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 10:04AM Tizmah said

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Digital. I'd love for everything to do digital.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 10:13AM tk421242 said

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I look at this issue in two ways. The first is I currently live in a major city in the north east with very good highspeed access so digital is no biggie at the moment and I love the sales on steam. The second though is I will eventually be leaving the area and living in a place with little highspeed access. Clearly steam will not be as good of an option at that point in my life.

The other issue I have with some digital distribution is that if I do not have the option to download and create a hardcopy for myself, which is helpful for when my access collapses, I do not like that service. This is why on my ps3 it is hard copy only, no digital.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 10:57AM Dumac said

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Prefer boxes. Here where i live boxes are usually cheaper anyway (unless they are Blizzard boxes).

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 11:09AM Integral said

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Anymore I just prefer digital. Especially for MMO's. An MMO will change so much over it's lifetime that sometimes re-installing from DVD isn't even worth it because there's still so much to download.

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