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When did PC games switch to the smaller boxes?

Old 08-02-02, 11:42 AM
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When did PC games switch to the smaller boxes?

I haven't bought a PC game in years, thanks to the internet (yeah, I'm evil ). However, I do make an exception for Blizzard - the last game I bought was Starcraft, and so I had to buy Warcraft III. I step into my local Electronics Boutique, and plop down $60 for the game. I see the box, and think, "Wow, this is pretty cool." I think this is a special box Blizzard made for their game, since there's 4 different box types. However, the next day, I'm in Wal-Mart, and I see that all the new PC games have this new type of box.

So I'm wondering, is this a fairly new change, or did it happen a year ago and I just never found out? I really think the new compact boxes are much cooler - the old boxes just wasted a lot of space, and it felt cheap since the boxes were so light.
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It happened a few months ago or so... the first game I remember picking up in the small box was Freedom Force.
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Old 08-02-02, 02:22 PM
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Check this article out: http://pc.ign.com/articles/101/101331p1.html

People who own an Xbox but lack a sense of humor might not want to look at the last picture.
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Originally posted by Kellehair
Check this article out: http://pc.ign.com/articles/101/101331p1.html

People who own an Xbox but lack a sense of humor might not want to look at the last picture.
Now, that is excellent use of Photoshop!
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I love the new boxes!

I hope they switch to Amaray like the console world, though.
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Old 08-02-02, 03:31 PM
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The smalller boxes started at the beginning of this year with the Medal of Honor: Allied Assault release.

Articles here:
http://www.pcvsconsole.com/news/news.php?nid=1096
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EA also changed ALICE to this format, I don't know if it was before or after Medal Of Honor: AA though, but the change is a good one. the boxes were a big on the size factor. glad they cut them down some.
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Old 08-02-02, 06:04 PM
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Yeah, the first one I remember seeing that used the small box was SimGolf. I like the small box. But I like DVD cases even more.
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Are there any other PC games besides Max Payne that use the DVD style cases?
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I ordered Starcraft, Operation: Flashpoint, and SWAT 3 from www.gogamer.com, and all came in Amaray-type cases.
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The only place I'm seeing the original "big" box is at costco. Personally, I prefer the new smaller box.
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I was just wondering about this last week also. I haven't bought a PC game in forever, but went into a local EB to hunt for a specific game. I saw a row of small boxes, but skipped over them, because back in the day, only cheapy games and lame screensavers came in small boxes. Was surprised to find the game I was looking for in a small box.

Not sure how much I like them..
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