Thursday 28 February 2013

Today's Review: Steelbooks

With the amount of regular releases, limited edition releases, re-releases, director's cuts, anniversary collections, best selling releases, and whatever else people want to use to make more money from their games or films, there always has to be something new to offer. Downloadable content for games, that's fair. Extra bonus features and commentaries for films, I can get down with that, but it probably won't make me fork out for the same thing twice. You can probably watch it all on YouTube anyway. But there is one DVD case gimmick that I love, and it's a nice hard steelbook.

Steelbooks are exactly that, versions of the case made from cold hard steel. Why they're called steelbooks and not steelcases I have no idea. But steelbooks are the ultimate form of DVD/game case. Plastic is fine, it's the standard, but quite easily broken when stepped on or dropped. People who make cardboard cases have a special section of hell reserved for them. But if you make your cases out of steel, there's nothing that can stop them apart from some scratching from a sharp object.

Not only are they more durable, they often have some nice alternate cover art, more often than not cutting out all the certification and the blurbs on the back, shoving it onto a removable cardboard cover instead. That leaves this nice slab of metal full of nice artwork, perhaps with some bumpy letters. Steelbook cases are definitely my favourite, especially as they're always cold when I rub them on my face. Other people do that, right?

My rating: 5/5


  1. I can't tell you how much I adore your blog. You should be in every newspaper worldwide.

    1. If that wasn't sarcastic then wow, thank you. I've been feeling like I'm a bit off lately, grasping for ideas at the last minute, but if someone's enjoying it I guess it can't be that bad. But if I talked about liking the feel of cold hard steel on my face in newspapers worldwide, there's plenty of room for mistranslation.

    2. Not exactly mistranslation, and certainly not sarcasm. I enjoy the ironic mission written very purposefully. Review on!