Poll: How Do You Buy Your Games?

The other night, I gathered in a line of the nerdiest of nerds, standing in mostly single file all with the same goal: Halo: Reach. I know, we’re trying to cut back on Reach posts, and you’ll see some more impressions/reviews in the coming week (I’ve already beat Campaign), but the line got me thinking about something else entirely.

As all of the nerds (I say this with mostly affection) began clamoring for whatever merchandise was being thrown out as prizes, I wondered how they all came to arrive there, and how the hype is different for a release in this digital download age. After all, you won’t see quite as many people lining up to play an exclusively PC game, since they can just order it with the click of a mouse. In the future, when Call of Duty 11X is being released for download on consoles, the hype machine will take a different appearance than we know it right now. Even talking to all of my friends, there are a variety of different methods that people used to obtain Halo: Reach. Online, pre-order, walk-in, etc.

So, I thought I’d ask: how would you say you purchase the majority of your games, and through what service? Go!

How Do You Buy Your Games?

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5 thoughts on “Poll: How Do You Buy Your Games?”

  1. Unfortunately, I was one of those many nerds clamoring over the midnight release for my copy. 🙁

    Still, this won’t last much longer: soon, games will be shipped via tiny chips given to us from our monkey overlords. Till then, I can tolerate the nerddom.

  2. Pretty much always in stores, I prefer having the disc in hand. Rarely I’ll buy a smaller/indie games on Steam but not many. Actually I think Audiosurf and Braid are the only games I’ve bought on Steam

  3. Unless it’s a download only game it’s B&M for me. Physical copies being the main lure and it also makes getting a new game an event. I enjoy talking with someone in the store about it (customer or member of staff, either way is good) so there’s also a social aspect to it. An absolutely huge deterrent to download games for me though, is my broadband speed. It’s just not fast enough to make downloading every/most games an option.

  4. Yeah, I’m mostly brick-and-mortar, though a big percentage of my games come from Steam as well. I agree, Skuba, I like it when a release is an event that can be experienced collectively. I think it loses a little luster when it’s not done in that context at times.

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