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Do you primarily buy your "modern" games new or used?

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Poll: Do you primarily buy your "modern" games new or used? (192 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you primarily buy your "modern" games new or used?

  1. Mostly new (48 votes [25.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 25.00%

  2. Mostly used (78 votes [40.62%])

    Percentage of vote: 40.62%

  3. About the same (34 votes [17.71%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.71%

  4. I don't really buy "modern" games (32 votes [16.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

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#1 Rhindle The Red OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:04 AM

So when you are buying a new title for your "modern" console or handheld (currently Wii/Xbox360/PS3/DS/PSP), do you generally buy new (even if discounted) or used?

I tend to buy used, even if the savings isn't that much (think Smash Bros.), but can't wait for titles like Zelda or Mario. Usually, I won't buy a title new unless it's on sale or discounted heavily. Most of the "modern" stuff I get is used. (But nice. I'm still a collector, after all.)

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Posted Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:45 AM

I agree. I buy a lot of used stuff. You would be really suprised at what I can sometimes find at a local store called Game Swap (sort of a steal from GameStop, but Game Swap actually carries all the vintage/older stuff as well as new). If I buy a modern game I always make sure it comes with all the components. I don't want to have to go searching for the manual or something way down the road if I don't have to, like most of us do for our Atari games these days...

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Posted Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:33 AM

I've been collecting videogames for a very long time, and after having some disappointing experiences with used hardware and games a few years ago, I've stopped buying anything used, and I wouldn't recommend buying used games or hardware if you want them to last a lifetime. I'll even do without a game rather than buy a used copy. Of course if you can't afford new games, it's understandable.

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Posted Tue Apr 15, 2008 2:18 PM

I tend to buy new (though once it hits the barginbin)

Of my 360 games, I only bought two full price (halo, and Oblivion GOTY) the rest were $20 games, and only one was used (Fuzion Frenzy2 *ducks flying tomatos*)

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Posted Tue Apr 15, 2008 2:23 PM

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Posted Tue Apr 15, 2008 2:31 PM

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Posted Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:04 PM

Modern games i buy used only as they are too dang expensive these days, same as automobiles i never buy new I let some other person buy it new take that depreciation hit and then i buy it late model used and save a ton!

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Posted Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:47 PM

New. I'm not into the abused used copy for $4 less scene. I'm looking in your direction Gamestop! :P

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Posted Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:23 PM

only new game I've got for the 360 is HALO 3 most of the games I get are used but when it comes to the Jag you don't have much of a choice if you don't the game when its Release you'll miss out. :dunce:

Edited by walter_J64bit, Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:41 PM.

#10 Raiu OFFLINE  


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Posted Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:23 PM

I wait until they go WAY down, to $20 at most. Though I do buy cheap Greatest Hits games, too. The only games I buy brand new have "Breath of Fire" (or "Katamari", but only the first two) in the title.

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Posted Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:48 PM

Last new system I got was the NES back in 1986. That was the last time I got games new. I could barely afford the used 60gig PS3. Although I do plan on getting GTA IV new.

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Posted Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:50 PM

I buy new as frequently as possible. If it is a hard to find game and I can only find it used, then I buy it used.

#13 goodwill_gamer OFFLINE  


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Posted Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:01 PM

i think i've only bought one wii game used. the thing is, if you buy it when it comes out, you can turn it around on ebay a couple months later without losing much. and as for buying used, i always have a price in mind that i want to spend, and i just wait until i can get it at that price.

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Posted Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:50 PM

Last year I bought tons of old xbox games used as they were cheap. As for the Wii and PS3 Iv'e been only buying new.

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Posted Tue Apr 15, 2008 8:56 PM

About half and half. I've had my 360 for a year now and I still haven't bought a full-priced retail game for it. For Wii I've gotten a fair bit of cheap stuff, but nothing used. I'd prefer to buy new, but it's also hard to justify $50-$60 for most modern games when often times I have more fun with cheaper titles (whether used or new). Perfect example - I've played a lot more Pinball Hall of Fame than Smash Brothers Brawl on Wii, even though I got them within days of each other. PHoF was half the price.

If it's a game I'm really looking forward to, I'll get it new though, because I want to play it right away when it has the buzz.

Edited by BydoEmpire, Tue Apr 15, 2008 8:57 PM.

#16 Nathan Strum OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:21 PM

The few I buy I tend to buy new. But it's very few and far-between.

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Posted Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:38 PM

Newest systems we have are the DS, PS2, XBox and Gamecube. What few games we've bought have been used games. If it's a disc game I don't care if the store re-seals them I will make/ask nicely/ the clerk to open it so I can look at the condition before buying. I don't care what they say and if I can't look I won't buy. I also only prefer to buy complete games used or not. I don't think my husband cares as long as it's playable and I suppose if they are free games then I have no room to complain either, lol.
If I get a used game system from a store then stupid or not I insist on trying the system as well as purchasing an extended warrenty. The last used system from a store was my PS2 and that was quite a while ago. The DS we won on Epay a few years ago at a very cheap price.
If the game is in very good condition with no scratches, plays fine, and is complete I don't understand why people would want to pay full price. :?

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Posted Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:47 PM

Pretty much always used, though some of the non-game Nintendo titles have been affordable enough not to wait. I got Wii Endless Ocean & DS Electroplankton & DS Jam Session right when they came out. For the most part I don't care about getting stuff new, as long as the used copy has a manual and is in decent shape. I'm so far behind on old Game Cube games that I've got plenty of time to wait until the Wii stuff gets cheaper.

I did wait for more than a year for Smooth Moves to drop in price since it was a launch title - the used copies still are barely a five dollar discount from the full price. I thought it would be reissued as a $20 game, but I finally gave up waiting and got it on Ebay for a song (along with a few more Wii launch titles).

Having said that, there are a few WiiWare titles that I plan on getting as soon as they're available. The Strong Bad game is at the top of that list. Since it's going to come out in "episodes" every month, I want to be along for the ride as each new installment comes out.

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Posted Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:53 PM

When I buy "new" I try to wait for a game to be out awhile. Usually within a year, it's dropped by $10 (or more). There are exceptions - such as series I'm hopelessly addicted to (Burnout and Gran Turismo, for example).

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Posted Wed Apr 16, 2008 7:06 PM

I buy about half of my "modern games" used, "modern games" being DS and PSP games for me... I tend to wait on most new releases, however, and the majority of PSP games I buy new I pay less than $20 for - often, much less... Of course, with a PSP collection numbering 180+ games, I can afford to be patient because I know I'm not going to run out of stuff to play any time soon... :cool: Still, games like Castlevania, God of War and Crisis Core will get my cash on launch day - some stuff I just can't wait to play! ;)

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Posted Wed Apr 16, 2008 7:08 PM

The only way I buy modern games used is if they're out of print. There's no way I'd buy a scratched-up used disc at GameStop just to save two bucks!

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Posted Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:06 PM

Honestly, with all the stuff I have going on, and my other hobbies, I can't justify spending $400+ every time a new system comes out. I used to buy brand new games back in the day, but I rarely have time to play them. I buy games when they've all but discontinued. Really, the BEST time to buy games is when a system becomes orphaned. Like the Jaguar... in 1997 / 1998, it was the best time to buy. I bought Alien VS Predator brand new at KB Toys for $5 bucks. There was another toy store (bought out by KB Toys) that was selling Jaguar cartridge games, brand new in the box, for $2.50, and CD games for $5 (Braindead 13 and Dragon's Lair was $10 each). So I bought everything I could get a hold of.

The same thing happened to the Sega DreamCast, as well as the Sega Saturn. You could buy Dreamcast games for $5 dollars at most stores. That said, I'm not as much a fenatic about other systems as the Atari, so I only go out of my way to get /EVERY/ game for the Atari Jaguar, as apposed to the Dreamcast. I mean, I couldn't possibly have every game in the world. Maybe if I had Warren Buffet's bank account...

But yeah, I buy games when the systems are OOOLD or orphaned.

1997/1998 was a good time to buy video games. The internet wasn't big enough yet that not that many people really made use of it for anything other than news, etc. eBay was still fledgling, so no one even bothered to sell stuff on there. I used to go to a place we have called the $wap $hop (it's in Fort Lauderdale). It's literally a square mile of flea market. I could go to pretty much any stand, anywhere, and they had a crate of Atari "stuff". It wasn't uncommon for me to hand someone $20 bucks, get a crate (crate included) with maybe a 5200 in it, an Atari Jr. some NES games, a bunch of 5200 games... 2600 games... just crap, all thrown in there. You just don't find deals like that anymore. Not even the newer systems...

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Posted Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:46 AM

I mostly by my video games used. Especially the classics unless they're boxed & wrapped then I guess you can say they're like new becuase of not being used but then they're dated so they are not new. If it's a new racing game I buy it new. I love racing games on such systems as the 360 because they look so real.

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Posted Thu Apr 17, 2008 3:37 PM

I don't currently own any of the "current" systems, but I just bought Silent Hill Origins for PS2 brand new from Wal-Mart a couple weeks ago.

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Posted Fri Apr 18, 2008 5:10 AM

When I do buy modern games, which isn't often, I like to buy them new. If it's good enough for me to want to buy it, then the developer should get the financial benefit of my purchase. I don't see a lot of point in used games from that perspective. I mean, for all the good it does the developer, I might as well bittorrent the game.

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