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How do you tend to purchase games nowadays?

All retail 251 20.06%
 
Mostly retail 426 34.05%
 
About half and half 218 17.43%
 
Mostly digital 202 16.15%
 
All digital 130 10.39%
 
I don't buy games 17 1.36%
 
Other 7 0.56%
 
Total:1,251

In my country the official prices are ridiculosly high so the prices on the eshop (I only play Nintendo games for the moment) are attached to that, I tend to buy my games on the "grey" market were the prices are the same as USA or even lower, so no money for digital.



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I will only purchase a digital copy of a game, if that's the sole option available - otherwise, it's physical release always!!!!!!!

Why anyone would choose a digital copy of a game over physically owning the cartridge/disc, has never made sense to me. I do understand the "instant gratification" of being able to purchase and immediately having a game, without ever having to leave your couch - but that copy is never yours. What happens in 5-8yrs when the console your bought it on, becomes obsolete and they shut-down the server where you download the game from? And, not that I would ever do such a thing - but what about those who like to trade in or sell (or even lend) copies of their game???

Digital has its advantages, but it also has MAJOR disadvantages and I fear the day these companies decide to go "digital only"...   :(



I always buy physical when available



Always physical, unless digital is the only option and even then I might wait until the game is heavily discounted depending on the effort put by the publisher, for example:

- Capcom did try with Ace Attorney, but the games weren't selling enough physical copies for them, they went digital on 3DS and I bought AA 5 and 6 at full price.

- Nintendo of America never put any real effort in the Fatal Frame series, FF IV wasn't localized for the Wii and FF V got a digital only release on a Wii U starving for games, I'll buy the later if it hits a price of $ 1.

For Indies or PC games on Steam, if I like them enough I might buy them at full price.



TalonMan said:

I will only purchase a digital copy of a game, if that's the sole option available - otherwise, it's physical release always!!!!!!!

This guy gets it !

But even then, you get situations like Sonic Mania ...



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Off course, retail.

Still can't understand why people buy at the same price digital: you don't own anything, you can't resell the game, excahnge it, or find it preowned ad lower price. Digital on console make sense only on titles discounted 75% off.
And not only, here in Europe, prices on physical are way cheaper than digital, I can found lot of titles to 39,99 or 29,99 that on the store costs 69,99 euros or 49 or 59, and then I still can resell them to purchase other titles.

Really guys, how can people but digital at the same price of the physical? It doesn't make any sense.



Mar1217 said:
TalonMan said:

I will only purchase a digital copy of a game, if that's the sole option available - otherwise, it's physical release always!!!!!!!

This guy gets it !

But even then, you get situations like Sonic Mania ...

Ha! Ha!! Yeah - I got TOTALLY screwed on that one!!! I had absolutely NO IDEA it was going to be a download code, until about a day before it was about to ship - that's when I started seeing things pop up across various websites, about the fact that there was no cartridge included. I didn't want to believe it and was so disappointed when it arrived, I still haven't gotten over it...  :(

 

...and I still haven't forgiven Sega for that one, yet! >:|

 



I said half and half in the poll, but really I'm mostly retail. A lot of my digital purchases are digital only. So, when given a choice between the two, I normally go for the physical version.



Haven't purchased a retail game since the day the Switch launched. 100% of my physical XBO games were repurchased as digital and all of my PS4 games except Uncharted 4 and Gravity Rush Remastered were also repurchased as digital.



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I'm a proponent of getting physical copies of video games but the reality is that I'm starting to get more often than not, better deals with digital games. Up to a couple years ago, Amazon had the best deals I could find anywhere, last year I still would almost not consider getting digital games (exception made of games only available by download of course) but now it seems that Amazon does not have the best deals anymore. Oh they still have much better prices than what you find in street stores, cause these have been dead to me for a long time now.
But digital games now have better prices than even what Amazon offers so I try to cling to physical as much as possible and in case of the same price on both sides, I'll go physical but it's happening less and less and digital seems to be the only viable way for me now.

As an example: Rise of the Tomb Raider sells right now on the PSN for 16 euros, on Amazon the best price so far is 23 euros and I must still add mailing cost to it. And that's the best price so far cause tomorrow it could be 30 euros on Amazon, suddenly and without any explanation. Amazon used to have the best prices but they don't seem keen to beat the competition anymore for some reason so I won't force my money down Amazon's throat if they don't want it.