I'm not sure why I did it... The digital copy was $10 cheaper. But I paid the difference for a physical copy of Battlefield 3, shipped to my door. I could've had the game days earlier, for 80% of the price, but I decided to get a physical copy to sit on my shelf. I'm not against digital distro, as my Steam compulsion will attest to, but I bought it anyways. And what did I get for my dedication to physical media? A cheap DVD pack and 4-5 inserts with EA promotions. No manual in sight.
It's not like I hadn't been burned before. Left 4 Dead 2, Amnesia, STALKER... I should really know better by now. There's still something to be said about a properly done, old-fashioned boxed release though. The last good one I bought was Starcraft 2, well over a year ago. Proper cardboard box, with a nice fold-out panel on the front and a random notepad with Jim Raynor all over it. I know we've all heard fables of ancient Ultima maps and Lucasarts goodies, but what games are worth having a copy kicking around? And for that matter, which ones are better left in the cloud?