it is semantics dude. do you think most people picked up boxed copies of BC2:Vietnam? or, insert title for expansion here? no. The only definite difference is the amount of content, it will always be less than in an expansion pack. quality however, depends on the dev. and i also highly disagree with b&m stores separating crap games from not. what goes on their shelves is what they get paid the most to put up there, not what offers the best experience. they could care less if it's wheat or chaff, as long as it makes the money. and by your reasoning, all xbl and psn games are crap too, since they are only available through online networks.hopefully you know those respective networks hold some real gems, that are 50~mb in size, $10, and offer hours upon hours of play. i think you are just wrong.