One of the reasons I've been talking about SPI's Universe RPG is because I recently acquired the boxed first edition of the game, which you can see below in a rather poor photo I took of it.
I won't deny that I really like boxed games. I don't think their return would, as some people seem to believe, herald a return to the halcyon days of the hobby, but I do think boxes place physical constraints on a game's design. If you're going to put a game in a box, it can't have a 400-page rulebook, for example.
Likewise, I hope, perhaps naively, that a box might also nudge a designer into recognizing "completeness" as a virtue. One of the neat things about the Universe boxed set is that it really does contain everything you'd ever need to play: the rules spread over two books (one 72 pages long and the other 24 pages long), plus a star map, dice, a tactical display for starship combat, 200 counters, and a nice little tray to hold them all in. The set sold for $20.00 in 1981, which would likely be more than double that in today's dollars, but you know what? I'd balk a lot less at $50 boxed sets if they really did have all you ever needed to play.
Anyway, I'm reveling in the goodness of Universe at the moment. I wish I had a copy of the boxed edition of DragonQuest too, but they seem much harder to come by and, when they do appear, they sell for ridiculous prices. Ah well.