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Posted: Jun 24th 2011 11:15AM paterah said

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Digitally and specifically Steam. Steam takes about 95% of the money I spend on video games, once in a blue moon I might buy something boxed like Swtor and GW2.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 11:20AM Pojoh said

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Boxed. This is especially true when I have a download cap due to my provider.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 11:23AM Wensbane said

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Digital copies. By far.

It's far more practical (and a lot cheaper, thanks to Steam).

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 11:24AM Bladerunner83 said

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I enjoy the box version, its like an old memory to hang on to. Some games loose their luster over time; When I look at some of the awesome old boxes, it makes me want to jump into that game and beat it one last time (or until the box catches my eye again).

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 11:29AM Skyydragonn said

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Boxed copy for collector editions, digital for anything else.

I used to insist on having boxed copies of my games, until I realised that on occasion I've not been able to find a game I wanted to re-install. Dont ahve that problem with digital download versions, plus they save me a TON of shelfspace :)

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 11:37AM nomoredroids said

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Digital. And don't even try to sucker me in with that "collector's" crap.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 11:57AM Tom in VA said

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-- Boxed for new games I really want to play.

-- Digital for all expansions for games I already enjoy playing.

-- Digital for games I preview/demo online and then decide to purchase.

Basically, it comes down to how antsy I am to get started in a particular game, since digital downloads can take a really REALLY long time.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 12:04PM (Unverified) said

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Boxed copy for things I really care about, love collectors editions...and the associated clutter. I have the collector's for Warhammer Online and Vanilla WoW and...lol FFXIV, which almost put me off MMOs altogether.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 12:05PM Fenck said

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I'm all about the box copy. I like having something to cuddle at night.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 12:06PM (Unverified) said

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Not many MMORPG games release in their box version in my country on the release day(almost all FPS games do), so I go with the digital download version. After using it a few times, I now actually prefer it over boxed versions even if they are available in a nearby store.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 12:35PM Hookan91 said

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I only buy digital games, because of Steam and their daily and weekend sales + Boxed games in Brazil cost a lot more than on US, because of taxes, so i save a lot of money.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 12:49PM enamelizer said

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Digital, non-collector. My Preference is as follows:

1) Buy the game directly from the developer. They did the work, they deserve the biggest cut they can find. Not too fond of distributors.

2) Steam. Having the game in my library available to me at anytime is really nice. I have lost more disks than I have, so not having to worry about that is nice. The only thing that freaks me out is that they can close my account at anytime for no reason and I lose access to my library. Love EULAs.

One thing that will ensure I don't buy a game is SecuRom. Both Fable 3 and Dirt 3 were games I simply did not buy because of SecuRom adding a third layer of DRM. Steam DRM - ok, its a service I really like. GFWL - yeah, again I like LIVE so while I rather my games didn't have it, I can live with it. Adding SecuRom on top of these two? No sale. No way, no how.

Adding insult to injury is how easy it is to pirate these games, and these versions have no DRM at all. Paying customers are treated as criminals and pirates get a better user experience.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 12:55PM Ratham said

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Digital for everything until i heard SWTOR will only be available via Origin, so that one I'll be getting a collectors edition box

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 1:33PM Sean D said

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@Ratham

I can't say for certain, but it's likely that you'll be required to install Origin anyway.
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Posted: Jun 24th 2011 1:10PM Space Cobra said

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... S.O.S. .... S.O.S. ....

...Being deluged by boxes and tons of stuff!

My ratpack ways are winning out!

May...not...survive as the title wave of boxes overwhelms me!

With that, I have one last request....

Send MORE BOXES!!!

;)

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 1:32PM Sean D said

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I use Steam for most of my game purchases anymore, but I'm becoming increasingly uncomfortable with doing so. It's not so much box vs. DLC, which is an old topic that's come up before, but rather knowing that the thing I've just purchased isn't fully mine and can be controlled by someone else. What happens when Steam fails, gets hacked, or decides on a whim to refuse me access to my games? What I'm paying for isn't ownership, but limited access. That's what bothers me.

Not only is control over my purchased property always vulnerable, but so also is my personal information. Many games these days are requiring us to expand our internet presence by setting up an account in order to play. EA/Bioware is a prime example. Consider ME2 or Dragon Age. Hell, consider SW:ToR and EA's own upcoming version of Steam, Origin. Representatives of the company have told me that this is for security of my product and my CD-key, but I question the truth of that answer. (Coincidentally, I recently received an e-mail from EA/Bioware informing me that my NWN forum presence was hacked and all my personal information aside from credit card numbers was obtained by the hackers. The email seemed to indicate that there was a distinct difference between my NWN forum account and the account I use to play ME2 and Dragon Age, but representatives working for the company say they're one-and-the-same. I was prompted to change my password with them. Question: what good will that do now, after the fact?)

I doubt EA/Bioware will be the only publisher/developer to create their own version of Steam going forward. There are probably others out there I'm not aware of. The question isn't, "Which do you prefer," but, "Can we, should we, trust these distribution 'services'?"





Posted: Jun 24th 2011 1:32PM bcrfan said

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Digital 100%, boxes use up space, they clutter, contain plastics and paper in the form of packaging, and there really is no need to have them any more.

They are nothing more than waste.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 2:10PM HokieKC said

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I'm 100% digital for PC and even buy most of my Xbox 360 game digitally now. Once you go digital it's hard to go back.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 2:17PM Paradigm68 said

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Well you didn't specify for MMO's so generally for consoles I prefer the box so I can trade it in. For PC's I prefer digital since I like not having to put the disc in the tray to play a game.

Posted: Jun 24th 2011 2:38PM eyeball2452 said

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Digital everything if possible. Hard media is about done imo. I just want the games.

If I never have to step foot in Gamestop, Best Buy, etc again, the better. I also don't care about all the extra junk. I used to, but I would just glance at it and it would end up on a shelf in a closet after 5 minutes.


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