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View Poll Results: How do you decide on what games to buy?
Buy what I want to buy just because I want to (more devil may care), buy.
60.00%
Wait for glowing reviews, it's a game i'm interested in, looks good, buy.
10.00%
Wait for reviews, even if 70-80's, it's a game i'm interested in, looks good, buy.
20.00%
Word of mouth, internet chatter, fodder like this place , buy.
70.00%
Franchise I always revered and will always buy no matter, buy.
70.00%
It's a co-op, friends are getting, so I will have to and be ok with it, buy.
10.00%
Want to buy, but will wait many months to get reduced price, buy.
70.00%
Want to buy, but will wait until Game Pass or Sony's store for free, not really a buy.
30.00%
Other (please specify...)
0
0%
What are you high?
10.00%
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How do you decide on what games to buy?

Old 09-11-21, 10:21 PM
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How do you decide on what games to buy?

***allowing for multiple choices bc i think this calls for it***

is it by reviews, something brand new, bc you love the franchise and no matter what. WOM, etc...

how do you just say i'm buying this game, sometimes no matter what?

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Old 09-12-21, 12:41 AM
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Re: How do you decide on what games to buy?

Certain franchises like most first party Nintendo stuff (Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, etc.) Iíll get more often than not if I have any slight interest. Especially Mario since I enjoy basically any games featuring him.

Once in a while I fall into the category of being persuaded by positive reviews/word of mouth, and may grab a title not on my radar necessarily. Normally for those games though Iíll wait for a price drop. Really it just depends though.

Iím not as apt to drop $60 on a game that I might like. At one point I did that a bit more, but not so much anymore.
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Re: How do you decide on what games to buy?

I watch trailers and gameplay videos and decide if it's something I want to play. Then depending on how badly I want to play it, I'll pre-order it or wait for a sale when it hits a price point I feel it's worth paying.
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Re: How do you decide on what games to buy?

As time has gone on and Iíve gotten more and more burned by buying not-entirely-finished games on day one at full price, only to see how massively improved the experience would be months later when the game was down to $20-$30, I feel like Iíve become at least a little more likely to wait a bit.

There are certainly still plenty of games I just canít wait to get my hands on (mostly owed to the developer or franchise), but I donít consistently, blindly roll the dice at $60+ the way I used to.

Reviews can have an influence on me, but word of mouth / general reception is more impactful.
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Re: How do you decide on what games to buy?

I mostly PC game... and one of the benefits of PC gaming is sales. Nearly every game that comes out has anywhere from a -21% to -36% discount on pre-orders up through the first week of sales on at least one of the legitimate Steam key selling site such as Green Man Gaming, Nuuvem, Humble, Fanatical, etc. Like most recently, Bravely Default 2 just came out and GMG had it at a -26% discount making the game like $44 instead of $60.

Can't recall the last time I had to buy a game on pre-order or release week that didn't have a big discount.
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Re: How do you decide on what games to buy?

I ask myself two questions:
1. Is it the NES version of Contra? If so, buy it.
2. Do I already have the NES version of Contra? Okay, I do, so maybe watch a review of this other game and wait until it's twenty bucks.
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