Fallout 76's Cardboard Disc Is Just the Icing on a Badly Received Expensive Collector's Edition

This does not compute.

Fallout 76 has shipped and all across the country players are getting copies of Fallout 76. Some of them are standard retail versions, but some are the costly $200 Power Armor editions that ship with a wearable Power Armor helmet. And players aren't too impressed.

One popular thread on the Fallout subreddit discusses the poor quality the actual helmet was that came with the package. "The voice changer and headlamp do not work right out of the box and it feels like the paint rubs off if you rub your finger on it lightly," writes one commenter. "Speaking of paint when you put the helmet on it fucking smells like spray paint[.]"

Another poor soul said that a spider was packaged with his special collection, though that's a glitch of nature than the manufacturer I'd say.

On top of all that PC players were dismayed to find their copies of the game shipped without a real disc, just a cardboard slip with a download code. While physical discs for PC versions have been on their way out for a while, people who pay $200 for a collector's edition, or just a standard copy, tend to want a complete retail package. Especially if the Power Armor helmet turned out disappointing.

"The case is made of some awful, thin plastic that causes the entire thing to wobble when held. Hell the front and back caved in a bit due to the thinness," writes one disgruntled customer.

As a trend the gaming industry has been leading away from physical copies and have switched to more eco-friendly plastics, though retail video games still generate a lot of waste. But the collector community has taken a hit with these changes, with physical editions skimping out on what used to be prime collection material.

However, for some it's not even about any of that but the fact that the patriotic American-made Power Armor was manufactured by China, the opponent in the Sino-American War of 2066 (in the Fallout universe). To have proprietary military technology tampered by the enemy is truly a shame and players have responded by quoting the bastion of patriotism, Liberty Prime.

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