September 23, 2021

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Do you buy games for full price? | PC Gamer

Have you been spoiled by Game Pass, Steam sales, Epic giveaways, and free-to-play multiplayer games that resemble yet are legally distinct from multiplayer games that are not free-to-play? Are you as they say in France le tightwad, or do you still pay the recommended retail price for your videogames like a gosh dang chump? That’s right, you’re getting insulted either way because we’re all losers under capitalism.

Do you buy games for full price?

Here are our answers, plus some from our forum.

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Natalie Clayton: I’m absolutely the person who mainlines one game for months at a time (what’s up, Apex), so when I do end up getting something new I don’t feel particularly pressured to wait or hunt for a deal. Even then, it’s usually a small Itch developer I’m happy to give money to. I’m usually only buying big, full-priced things on Switch, where games never go on discount and Splatoon 2 still costs £50—though with 700+ hours in that thing and a respectable competitive league showing under my belt, I’m happy to say I got my money’s worth with that.

Graeme Meredith: With indie games I’m always happy to spend a little more, but when it comes to big industry games, I don’t pay full price unless it is absolutely certain I’ll have a valuable experience. However, I am acutely aware (as everyone should be) that when Sony pushes their prices up to £70 it is purely to change your spending mindset to perceive £50 as a good ‘sale price’… that used to be the price tag we were avoiding in waiting for a sale, now they want us to think that’s the bargain. So yeah, when I bought Returnal digitally for PS5 for £50, that was the full price. 

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Jody Macgregor: Unless we’re counting games I’ve bought as presents, the last one I remember paying full price for was Griftlands, which wasn’t expensive to begin with and, since it was made by the same people as Invisible Inc. and Don’t Starve, was a pretty safe purchase. I don’t usually buy games when they’re not on sale, but I’ve always been a cheapass, even before digital storefronts and permasales. I’m the kind of person who will go to my grave still grinding my teeth about how much I paid for Silent Hill 3.

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