Poll Results: Digital or Boxed Games

Last week we asked the poll question: "Do you prefer boxed copies or digital downloads of your console video games?" Some 446 votes were cast, with the majority of you saying that you preferred boxed retail copies of your console games over digital downloads. Around 74 percent – or 332 votes – went towards boxed copies, while only 26 percent – or 114 votes – chose digital downloads. Many wished that the poll had a third option that noted many people's preference for both digital and boxed retail copies of games.

Thanks to everyone that voted. For an extended conversation on the poll results, check out Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 45.

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    Thipp says:

    I have not bought a physical PC game in quite a few years (hell, most stores don't even carry more than a small handful of PC games at a time) but if a service like Steam goes down I know that I can always just find a digital copy somewhere on the internet. When I buy games for my 3DS though I don't even consider digital an option. 

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    hellfire7885 says:

    I loved getting boxed copies when they came with all kinds of nice goodies. Now I do so so I can play it without an internet connection.

    Most of the PC games I own are on Steam, though I admit most of my console games are still physical copies.

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    Algus says:

    I don't mind the slimmer cases they've gone to but I do miss some of the goodies and stuff you used to get.  I've got 3 or 4 Blizzard notepads around somewhere from buying Warcraft II, Starcraft, and the related expansions.  And the manuals for those games were gorgeous.   

    As compared to some of the recent Sims game which had thin eco-cases, a slip of paper that I guess was the instructions? And the disc.   Bleh

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    brotherspartacus says:

    Thing is, I've bought most of my games by digital download for the past 5+ years. When Star Wars: The Old Republic came out, and I set out on a campaign of tragically backing the wrong horse, I decided to buy it in stores, thinking that a boxed copy was something special, only to get just a DVD in a case.

    I really miss the old game boxes – with not just the game, but a manual and all sorts of goodies. Most of the setting details of Starcraft and Homeworld are never mentioned in the game proper, but are entirely in the manual. I remember boxes coming with sticky notes, notepads, and all sorts of stuff that made me feel like the company really appreciated my forty (yes, forty) dollars.

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    ZippyDSMlee says:

    I do not need a digital download when I can take it off the bloody disc and store it on my plethora of HDDs. I wonder how much a box and 20-30GB flash drive would be? It would nto be so bad if they did that instead of bloody DVDs. LOL

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