The Daily Grind: Do you miss having boxed MMO purchases?

    
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Buried amidst all of the other information in the most recent Final Fantasy XIV fan festival was the way that its boxed expansion releases were changing. Specifically, they weren’t going to exist any longer. While there would be a collector’s edition box for the expansion, it’s just a box of stuff with a digital code; all of the actual upgrades would be in digital format, and essentially the physical CE was just a box full of goodies.

While there are definitely benefits to this particular approach, it also makes me a little bit sad. I honestly have always liked having physical boxes for MMOs, liked pawing through the various things associated with these releases, and having something on my shelf to display as a little demonstration of a game that I’ve purchased. Then again, most of the genre is already dominated by free-to-play titles without box purchases to begin with, and even I had moved on from buying physical boxes myself. So while I might miss them a bit, I also recognize that even I had left them behind.

What about you? Do you miss having boxed MMO purchases?

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Schmidt.Capela

I don’t miss the boxes, not anymore; that ship has sailed a literal decade ago. Heck, I don’t even have any drive capable of reading physical media on my current PC.

But, as some have pointed before, I do miss dearly the manuals.

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Raleigh-St-Clair

When I was a kid, back in the 80s, it was very cool to have game boxes and have them lined up on the shelf. Or to go to a friends house and see their games lined up. Very cool indeed. But as you get older, and the decades go by, you accumulate so much crap – and that’s all it is; crap – that you just start throwing stuff out. It becomes meaningless. So, at this stage in my life, I’m glad to not have boxed stuff and, if I get a box, I throw it away. Others mileage may vary. Some people, who are only into video games, might indeed have a shrine to boxes, even as an adult. Horses for courses.

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I miss my youth, my waist line and big freaking chunky boxes filled with packaging I look at once.

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Pandalulz

It feels weird, but there’s not really any point for an MMO and it just wastes plastic.

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Dean Greenhoe

Strangely, I miss the boxes. It was a easy way to remember all the games that I have played. The one thing I miss the most are the included cloth world maps. :)

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Anstalt

I miss boxed purchases in general, but not really for MMOs.

For single player games, I definitely love having a box with a disk so that I’m in complete control. I can install and play whenever I want without having to worry about internet or signups or anything like that. I also like having the boxes displayed nicely on shelves.

But the nature of MMOs means that most of the benefits I like with a disk don’t exist. I’ll always need to download patches and login somewhere, so I may as well go full digital

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NeoWolf

I don’t miss boxes, but I do miss game manuals :)

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creationguru

I would give this 1,000 thumbs up if I could. 100% agree

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Danny Smith

Not especially. Like i bought the Shadowbringers special edition because Dark Knight is one of my favourite series long jobs in Final Fantasy and you got a DRK statue but i bought Stormblood digital because i wasn’t that interested in the Zenos one. In fact i just ended up buying the PSN complete digital edition which means across all platforms my account no longer is tied to any discs anymore. Its kind of sad in a way but my Shadowbringers discs will join the Heavensward discs and PS3/PC A Realm Reborn discs on the lonely shelf as just memorabillia of a sort i guess.

In most things i am a staunch physical over digital guy. I like a book, a movie, a game because you own it. It can’t go away from a service due to it going down or licensing changes. But with mmos you never have that kind of option for control. As long as the mmo is live you are accessing a server and in that regard its really the only genre where discs are pretty redundant nowadays.

Don’t get me wrong if there was some really special thing i might splurge but special editions in general are rarely a selling point for me as its filling space with plastic crap.

and i play tabletop minatures games. I don’t need more plastic crap on my shelves!

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styopa

Not in the slightest.
As a reviewer for a while, and a big computer gamer since the 1980s, I finally decluttered and threw away all those game boxes for products I’d kept out of nostalgia – maybe 200? 300? computer game boxes and their cruft?

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A Windows 10 update decided I didn’t need DVD drives, so that’s nice.

TBH, the older I get the less tolerance for clutter I have… except for toys. I’m looking at a little plastic spaceship I got in an EVE anniversary box years ago. It’s a USB hub, but I’m not stupid/crazy enough to have ever plugged it into my computer.