I posted this in the Fallout discussion thread as well but it's just got me rattled so I am reposting it here. Hopefully the more I spam my opinion and others do the same, something changes. I digress...
I find this to be a pretty damn shame. For one, I don't buy many PC games on disk. The ones that I do, are ones that I know I wanted to collect and show on my shelf. Second, I rarely ever use the disk again after installation. I do however have a data cap back home in Canada but it's quite high now at 200 and something gigabytes(still ridiculous that caps are a thing but that's for another day).
I usually copy over these games to a portable HDD as a backup just in case I want to delete and re-install, give to a friend or sibling or w.e the case may be. Maybe 1 out of 10 reinstalls will I use the disk. That is mainly because modern PC games usually receive a tone of patches, so much where the base game is irrelevant. Still... it's nice to be able to pop in the disk, install 12gb's of a game and maybe download 4-5 gb's of patches rather than downloading all of that. This is another reason why I periodically copy over my games to the portable disk. So I have the most recent version so I don't have to download again... and again...
I just find it annoying from the very get go, we can't even get the full game in the box. How stupid is that? I would like to be able to pop in the disk(s) and install Fallout 4 without hassle. Even if I never use it again. Heck, I am even paying MORE money for the disk version considering I can pick it up on GMG for $53 CAD. It will probably be $80 CAD at the store (69.99 + 13% tax). It's the same with MGS:V. I really want to buy that game and I want to have the physical copy at home on my shelf. But why am I spending more money on a disk that offers NO TANGIBLE BENEFIT?
Is it the end of the world? No but it's a crappy feeling to spend an extra $30 in my case just for a box. I am now thinking I will just buy it on GMG or something and just buy the box in the future.... I don't know. It just feels like I am being cheated but they claim it's 'piracy'. Don't give us bull Bethesda. The first comment on the article nailed it
This will not stop Piracy of the game and Pete Hines knows this. All you need to do is to upload the game file WITH the necessary files from steam......thats it. So once someone has downloaded from both locations they can repackage the info into a torrent file.
So they didnt do this because of Piracy they did it because of what was already stated the game needs to be on blu-ray disks and not every PC owner has a blu-ray drive. Then the question is why didnt they just package the PC game into 3 installation disks.....because they wanted to save money.
It is always easier to suggest your actions was to prevent piracy than to suggest you wanted to save money when your already making so much.
I cant wait for this game but at least be honest Bethesda.