The industry is in financial straits right now. The industry took a 22% drop in profits in the year 2012 and publishers keep looking for reasons why their games are making less money. Some like EA, took initiative against piracy. Others like Quantic Dream's David Cage believes that the used game market can potentially hurt profits.
Knowing full well between the difference of the new and used purchases, I thought I would share what games I buy new or used and why.
Games I buy new are nothing that will surprise you. Games from publishers I'm fans of like Valve, WayForward and other such companies always get my new purchase. Simply because I really enjoy their work and wish to support it the only way I physically can. Take Portal 2 for instance. I bought the game new for $60 conscious of the fact that I was getting an additional copy for free. I would have gladly paid an additional $60 for said second copy on the grounds that I simply loved the game that much. To this day I still see Portal 2 as a masterpiece despite its brevity.
Another more obvious example would be Nintendo games, but not necessarily for financial support. Nintendo software is usually well off. I often buy Nintendo games new for Club Nintendo rewards. Rewards like this add value to a game in my opinion and I would like to see other publishers adopt this sort of "bonus when new" model as oppose to things like the ever annoying online pass or bonus day one DLC promotion.
A used game on the other hand is often a game that's been out for a while that I may have wanted to play, but only ever had a mild interest in playing. One example was Brutal Legend. Despite my interest, I never played the game until a year or so after its release. After having played it (and at a price under $20) I regretted this decision, finding great enjoyment in the title and choosing to follow and support Double Fine more closely. This even inspired me to go back and download the Xbox Original version of Psychonauts.
Other instances have been games I don't normally enjoy supporting, such as a CoD or Assassin's Creed game. I'm aware this isn't very impactful since buying a game used or new shows that there is at least one person demanding it. But in this case, I save a little money and the money goes to the retailer as oppose to the publisher.
So what factors do you take into account when choosing to buy used or new?
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