Don't know about you, but one of the greatest things about purchasing a game was the box and all the extras it came with... But unlike the old days, now there's not much there.. Still Having a CD is much easier to install than having to Friggin DL Empire:TW when you reformat. I do wish the retail games would have all those extra packages...remember those HUGE manuals? Those 100+ pages of info on the game itself? Only CIV IV has gotten semi-close to this, the last great game with the huge manual was way too far back. So I'm okay if it's that expensive, just give us all the extras of yesteryear, like the cool boxes, the nice charts, the maps, and the manuals with TONS of info.