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The hurricane of savings that’s swirled over PC gaming in the past few years has been tremendous. Deep discounts seem to pop up weekly on digital stores like Amazon, GOG.com, and Steam. But should the ubiquity of sales fundamentally change our buying habits?

In this Face Off debate, Logan argues that waiting for a sales gets you get a more refined product at a cheaper price. But Evan thinks that waiting too long denies you the best-possible experience, especially in multiplayer games.

Jump over to the next page for more opinions from the PC Gamer community, and make your own arguments in the comments. Debate team captains: it’s your time to shine...

Debate at source. Interesting comments - what's your take?
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Debate at source. Interesting comments - what's your take?

I either pre-order if it is something I really want to get(Starcraft2 back in the day), or wait till it gets new drivers & balance patches. Though I don't recall ever buying anything on launch day(I typically sell the game coupon I get from Graphic cards on Launch day, like I did with my Borderlands 2 code).
Edited by sherlock - 1/16/13 at 8:19pm
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post #3 of 42
I tend to pre-order games only if they're either:

A) Really cheap, and cool-looking,
B) From a franchise I really love, and currently offering a pre-order discount, or
C) From a company I really just want to support

I tend to be pretty harsh when it comes to judging games though, so I rarely pre-order games. I think Borderlands 2 and the new Tomb Raider and my only pre-orders in the past 5 years, and that's just because they were on sale for under $40.
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New for anything I'm highly anticipating and care about being a part of upon release. Used for anything I'm interested in but not enough to pay full price. Considering how many games I've bought for amazing deals on stores like Steam and GOG and still have not played, I hardly ever buy new any more. Doesn't make sense to pay $60 for a new game I'm slightly interested in when I have some pretty good looking games to play if I feel like trying something new (to me).
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I dont buy at launch hardly ever.
I cant remember the last game I bought on release...Half Life 2?
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I have only purchased a few games at launch. The ones I was most excited about and didn't regret buying were Medal of Honor (2010), Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Guild Wars 2. I feel that mutli-player games with a large following initially are the ones that are better to buy at launch so that you do not miss out on the "WOW" factor of the initial exploration and discovery phase.
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Simply answer; NOPE.

More detailed one;

I bought actually pre ordered me3 and i regret every cent i spent for it. Buying a game is kinda lottery in these days. You dont know its gameplay mechanics because most of them will be polished for announcement or press releases, you dont know if your system will support or deal with the game (ac iii is giving headaches to some people currently) And even if you buy it you dont know if gameplay or plot will repeat itself and become boring.

Demo-trial system is almost dead in these days even if they exist they wont simply aid you about plot or gaming in general.

Considerig every good company will eventually turn to money eater evil life forms, you cant trust a x company and cant buy their games when your eyes closed

So buying a game, even if its your favorite franchise or company is not a good idea

Sorry for grammar errors if i made, wrote from mobile
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post #8 of 42
As a teenager without a job, it's hard to come by money. So I usually wait until it's cheap, or I luckily enough spot a flash sale. Not sure how my spending habits will change as I get older, but I have no problem with spending the full $60 if the game is honestly worth it, and I like the developers.
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I think I either pre-order if it is something I really want to get(Starcraft2 back in the day), or wait till it gets new drivers & balance patches.

^ Same. It seems like all the pre-order bonueses eventualy make their way into become DLC anyways, so I don't mind waiting a while if I'm not super excited for the game. I could see where waiting when you're into MP could be bad though, as all your competion will already be familiar with maps you're still learning.
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I hardly ever buy games at release simply because my backlog is so huge as it is. I figure I will get to it eventually and by that time it will be patched, drives will be updated with performance enhancements and I might even have newer hardware so that I can enjoy it at it's best.
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