I tried some games without boxes. But I don´t like this - and the most of them are not cheaper or have a brutal hardware dependent licencing system that makes changes to other machines or selling them very uncomfortable and sometimes impossible.
Therefore I prefer to buy games in boxes or at least the DVDs with a simple but protecting hull. I love it to dig through my mountains of games and to take a look at the pictures or manuals
- that´s also an important part of the games I´d say. When I think that about 70-80% of the prices is being spend for marketing and distribution I cannot understand why I should pay the same price or even the half for a pure virtual ware that only claims to be in my possession and can hardly be sold afterwards. If the real costs of the producers for development is about 10-20% and I calculate broadminded 5-10% for the hardware and the internet costs for some additional game servers such games should be available at a much cheaper price than they actually are.
The internet distribution is only a trick for the distributors to get more money from selling and I´ll not help them to reach their monetary goals. The big losers are the customers and the developers - they don´t have any advantages from it. The biggest losers are the customers. They have no way to play the games any more if the sellers decide to close their doors (sometimes only to open new ones under a new name freeing from the ballast of the previous company). So your copies are useless and all the spent money is more kinda renting the games for some time. Similar things happened with a big DRM-mp3 portal last year. It closed from one day to another and the honest clients in germany were sitting on DRM-protected music that could not be played or transfered anymore. The only thing was a funny message on the HP saying: We´re sorry for that!
If there will be no games at least in DVD hulls I´ll stop buying new games and concentrate on playing the old ones.