While there’s plenty of options for buying digitally these days, the act of physically buying games from a store hasn’t gone away. So for this week’s Tell Us Dammit, I’d like to know: how many games have you still bought at retail?
In my experience, I’ve found that people tend to buy more games at retail when it ticks into the Christmas period. Retailers often do a good job of offering really decent deals on AAA titles from September onwards – think Fallout 4 pre-orders at JB for $59 – and because publishers aren’t matching that price digitally, it makes a lot more sense to buy in-store.
After the first few weeks, however, buying digitally tends to make a lot more sense. Retailers don’t cut prices to the same extent as Steam, Good Old Games, Green Man Gaming and so on.
Another element that’s been surprising is the Switch’s eShop pricing. While games like Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 were full price digitally, smaller indies were super reasonable.
So how many games have you still bought at retail? If you want to narrow it down to a year or per console, go for it. But are you more of a digital or retail buyer, or do you just go wherever the sales are?