Do you mainly buy games in-store or online?

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Posted by Speeny (1958 posts) 22 days, 10 hours ago

Poll: Do you mainly buy games in-store or online? (51 votes)

In-store 20%
Online 80%

I'm sure this topic has been posted numerous times before.

But for's mostly online due to shops not being all that close to me. Plus, sometimes I can become lucky & receive it a day or two early before it's release date.

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#1 Posted by livingdeadman (368 posts) -

When I was younger, my family and I would buy games at the store. I thought it was more exciting looking at all the games they had and that it was better than having someone deliver it to you. Now I mostly order online, and sometimes buy digitally, but occasionally go to GameStop maybe twice a year.

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#2 Posted by GNS (335 posts) -

I mainly buy games for console, so in store, cause its 40-60 percent cheaper than online. At least where I live (unless, online has discounts, but I seem to always miss them).

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#3 Posted by thehig1 (7355 posts) -

What's a store ?

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#4 Posted by robert_sparkes (3311 posts) -

Physical 60/40.

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#5 Posted by npiet1 (2515 posts) -

Does online from a store count as In store or online or do you mean digital only? The closet video game store is an hour and a half away.

I buy from online from a store if it's a new release as it's cheaper but other than that wait for a digital copy to be on sale.

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#6 Edited by warmblur (2979 posts) -

PC Steam/ PS4 retail

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#7 Posted by omegaMaster (1318 posts) -

Online. It's cheaper, save travel cost and petrol.

The only time I buy games in-store is when I place an order online and pick up in-store. Argos is the perfect example as they are known for having brilliant deals. Argos is close to where I live.

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#8 Posted by RSM-HQ (8600 posts) -

I try to buy physical if it's an option, have a good retro dedicated store near the train station and a modern one on the way home that I like. So I go past them all the time anyway.

Plus they both handle orders great. Slot them through my door while I'm at work, so it's a non-issue. Probably walk in these shops about six times a week.

Physical is also cheaper than digital about 90% of the time.

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#9 Posted by Yams1980 (3600 posts) -

I buy physical copies whenever I can, but online always from Amazon, sometimes Bestbuy.

I haven't bought a game in a real store since probably Halo 2 over 15+ years ago. No point to go to real stores for things like this... i spend zero on gas, and get things shipped to me so quick it would be stupid to drive somewhere and buy it.

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#10 Posted by Renegade_Fury (20673 posts) -

I can't even remember the last time I bought a game in a store. When it comes to physical copies, I get them off Amazon and use play-asia for imports.

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#11 Posted by Archangel3371 (28511 posts) -

Pretty much exclusively in-store for me. Unless it’s an older game that is too difficult to find I greatly prefer getting the physical version and I prefer going to a local store to get it.

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#12 Posted by UmameNinja (29 posts) -

When I bought physical media I would purchase from brick and mortar unless there was a better deal online, but was still physical. These days digital is just too convenient and very rarely do I step foot into a brick and mortar to buy a digital game code. It's the nature of progress I suppose.

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#13 Posted by lucidique (595 posts) -

I buy mostly digital, as I really don't care for physical formats.

I do sometimes get a disc for a game on consoles if the price is good, but as a general rule, digital tends to be heavily discounted, at all times, on one platform or another.

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#14 Posted by Valgaav_219 (2512 posts) -

I prefer physical. There are plenty of Gamestops near where I live and they always have heavily discounted used games unless it's something that just came out. I also get 10% off of used games and with the amount of games that I buy per year it really starts to make a difference. My physical to digital ratio is probably 85/15

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#15 Posted by TJDMHEM (2147 posts) -

in store.

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#16 Posted by hrt_rulz01 (19250 posts) -

With Switch, I've gone mostly digital (probably 80/20 digital). Mainly because most games are digital-only.

But I'm really reluctant to go 100%. I'll always want to support physical where I can.

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#17 Posted by pyro1245 (5238 posts) -

I'm not a fan of retail shopping. Takes too long.

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#18 Edited by DaVillain- (37989 posts) -

I enjoy living in the Digital World, soooo I buy my games online only. Steam/PSN/Windows 10/GoG and the list goes on.

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#19 Posted by heljar (144 posts) -

I mostly buy online and getting them sent to me. I have a GameStop close to where I work so I might on occasion buy from them. On a rare occasion when I play PC-games I get them digital from Steam or some other site. Smaller games I usually buy from one of the online console stores.

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#20 Posted by Sweet6teen (73 posts) -

Ahh I remember Blockbuster being only 3 blocks away. Rented games soon as they were released. Physical copies are better so when you complete the game, you refund it and buy another game.

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#21 Posted by robert_sparkes (3311 posts) -

I usually buy physical on Xbox and digital on PS4.

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#22 Posted by Amnesiac23 (8470 posts) -

I collect games, so I usually buy them at GameStop or second hand stores.

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#24 Posted by Worlds_Apart (195 posts) -

I don't mind physical or digital, either is fine.

To reply to the question, it's online for me. It's been that way for years but just recently when I was visiting family I saw a "Game" shop and browsed their games. They had a section of just older 360 and PS3 games for dirt cheap, and I mean CHEAP. That same store have a branch 10 minutes away from where I live and I will make it my duty to go in there one day and buy some games for my 360 and PS3 as I play more last gen games than this gen. I just hope they have similar deals to the branch I visited. So I guess my response has changed to I buy games both online and in-store..

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#25 Posted by nintendoboy16 (36576 posts) -

Both is not an option?

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#26 Posted by DEVILinIRON (4976 posts) -

Online. I hate Gamestop.

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#27 Posted by martin3edward (2 posts) -

they both handle orders great. Slot them through my door while I'm at work, so it's a non-issue. Probably walk in these shops about six times a week.

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#28 Posted by TheDarkWolf86 (599 posts) -

I like going to the store to purchase games. I'm old fashioned, and I remember as a kid walking into Blockbuster Video and needing to read the back of the box to read a paragraph to see what the game was about. I am aware I can LITERALLY go to any major retail store and buy new games, but I personally use Best Buy. IF the game is not at their location, I will go to their website and purchase the game. I actually went more "left" in this poll. I enjoy walking into retro-style stores, browsing older games for my older systems. It brings me back to my childhood and the great memories I had playing video games.

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#29 Edited by MarcRecon (8173 posts) -

Even though digital content could come back to haunt us in the future, I've pretty much bought into it because of the convenience and frequent flash sales. I haven't bought a Physical copy of a game since 2015.

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#31 Posted by SoNin360 (7104 posts) -

I can't even remember the last time I actually bought a game in a retail store... I always buy online now. I still usually buy physical games, but those can always be found online somewhere for cheaper than any retail store. Most major retailers offer free shipping, so if there is actually a good sale, then I still don't bother going to the store to buy it.

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#32 Posted by chrischang2324 (1 posts) -

I prefer to buy it online because of the specific promotion for games !!

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#33 Posted by moej88 (796 posts) -

when you run out of room for those CD's, best to resort for online. Fast & Easy

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#34 Posted by mephisto10 (4 posts) -

Doing it online mostly for my PS4. For the Nintendo Switch I am buying the games in the store. Next game I will buy is FIFA 20.