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How would you buy the game?

New (Give Money to Publisher) 10 35.71%
 
Used (Give Money to Gamestop) 18 64.29%
 
Total:28

I was fairly excited for Battlefront 2 before all of the info regarding it's loot-boxes and micro transactions came out. I absolutely despise whenever games implement micro transactions, even if they are cosmetic. I feel buying games that contain any of these features ultimately encourages developers to focus on these rather than optimizing their game and delivering a truly great experience. All of this information is fairly obvious... but I've been contemplating whether it's more ethical to buy these games used from Gamestop. A used sale from any store sees none of the profit go to the original publisher of the game. Unfortunately, these stores implement some truly disgusting practices when it comes to the treatment of their employees in order to achieve used game sales. Gamestop is most famous for the 'Circle of Life' which usually forces employees to lie in order to sell used games, reward cards, etc. That's not even mentioning the extremely high quotas employees are expected to fill along with employees having to work on holidays like Thanksgiving. If you were put into a situation where you were forced to buy a game like Battlefront 2, how would you buy it? On one hand, you would be encouraging business practices that see game publishers put less effort in to their core game and focus primarily on alternate ways to extract money from the consumer. On the other, you would be supporting the ideas of Gamestop by encouraging them to shove incredibly high demands on to their employees and treat them poorly in general. Micro transactions seem like a very controversial topic here.... so I'm interested to see how this turns out.



 

 

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EA, ACtivision-Blizzard, Warner ... I avoid all of them like the plague. So it's just too obvious were my choice would go.



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I don't mind Micro transactions so New games.



Used game can be 1 day old so used games.



Gamer147 said:
Used game can be 1 day old so used games.

But you would be supporting the awful business practices of companies like Gamestop. 



 

 

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Smartie900 said:
Gamer147 said:
Used game can be 1 day old so used games.

But you would be supporting the awful business practices of companies like Gamestop. 

What if you buy your used games directly from those selling them (eg. via ebay)?

For me it depends on the game. If it's one I really want then I'll buy it new the day it releases. If not then it comes down to cost, if used is cheaper I'll get that, if new is only a couple quid more expensive I might get that still though. I've seen some games where new is actually cheaper than used... obviously I get new then as well.



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For Nintendo and Bethesda, and a few other publishers, I buy new. I mostly vote with my wallet if I like what one of the major publishers is doing.

Otherwise, I buy used and give the money to the original owner (eBay).

 

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Ka-pi96 said:
Smartie900 said:

But you would be supporting the awful business practices of companies like Gamestop. 

What if you buy your used games directly from those selling them (eg. via ebay)?

For me it depends on the game. If it's one I really want then I'll buy it new the day it releases. If not then it comes down to cost, if used is cheaper I'll get that, if new is only a couple quid more expensive I might get that still though. I've seen some games where new is actually cheaper than used... obviously I get new then as well.

eBay is a very good option. The reason I didn't put it on the poll was because it's a lot more moral than the other 2 options.



 

 

Well used games means no money for the devs, but new games means money for them and MT's means money for the pubs/devs, so I'd rather go for new games.



                                       

Chazore said:
Well used games means no money for the devs, but new games means money for them and MT's means money for the pubs/devs, so I'd rather go for new games.

Do development teams get paid based on the sales of the game or is it an already set amount?