Why I Refuse to Buy Triple-A Games at Release

Updated on April 17, 2019
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Natalie is a writer who works at her local library. She enjoys writing reviews, watching anime and TV shows, and playing videogames.

This is an example of a sale on the Steam store.
This is an example of a sale on the Steam store. | Source

Why I Refuse to Buy Triple A Games At Release

I love playing videogames. I’ve been playing videogames since I was 12-years-old. But I don’t have a large physical collection. I do have 167 games on Steam. I very rarely pay full price for games.

And now I’ll explain why. It’s not very complicated and I do have to deal with delayed gratification, but for me, it’s worth not paying full price for some of the newest games when they depreciate very fast.

Game Depreciate at a Ridiculous Rate!

We all know videogames are expensive, especially the Triple-A titles from major developers and major publishers. They’re ridiculously expensive and if you buy three or four titles in a year you’re spending $250+ on games that you might play for a little while and then move onto the next game.

I can count on my hand the titles that I’ve actually paid full price for because games are so expensive I usually wait for sales on Steam or GOG.com.

Steam has great sales throughout the year so I usually just put games on my wishlist and then wait for either the Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter Steam Sales.

While physical games don’t usually have too many discounts outside of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you can still buy them at a lower price if you wait a year or two. That is not convenient for multiplayer games since the servers are basically dead on those types of games, but it is convenient if you’re buying a single player game because you won’t have to pay as much for a new game that is slightly older.

I don’t recommend buying physical PC games as they’re just there to give you a Steam key that you’ll use to download and activate on Steam. You should buy physical console games for Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. If you want to get the best deals for PC you’ll have to do digital downloads.

The Upsides of PC Gaming

The major upsides of PC gaming are that you can get great deals on games that you can purchase digitally. The PC gaming scene has great sales for digital copies of games. While you can’t get a refund if you play the game for more than two hours, you can still get a great deal on games if there’s something you’ve wanted to purchase but couldn’t afford it.

If you're looking into building your own custom gaming PCs there are hundreds of YouTube videos dedicated to how to build PCs based on a budgets, you can find videos about how o build PCs ranging from the price of $300-$2,000+ so just figure out how much you want to spend and check out the videos.

Keep in mind that the prices of computer parts do fluctuate so it might be more or less than the budget on the title of the videos, but just make sure you know how much you want to spend before buying. you can also find coupons to receive discounts on those parts, so remember to use coupons.

There are also many videos on how to build your PC, so you can watch those, and make sure to read instruction manuals that come with your parts too. Just don't be like the guy on the Verge YouTube video who built his PC badly on video, that has now deleted video and you'll be fine.

Game Stop, the most hated used game store among gamers, but you can still get games here.
Game Stop, the most hated used game store among gamers, but you can still get games here. | Source

Be Careful When trying to request Refunds!

Refunds for digital games are very tricky because of the digital distributor’s refund policies. But whatever you do, don’t spend full price at EA Origin, I’ve heard horror stories of people trying to get refunds for digital games because they didn’t like them. If you’re going to pay full price for a game, then at least do it with the Steam store because at least you can get a refund.

At least with physical copies you can take them back to the store but they have to be physically defective for them to give you a refund.

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Refurbished consoles and PCs are Risky Too

I am writing this review on a refurbished gaming PC, but I did check the eBay seller’s rating and they’re mostly good, while the wi-fi dongle they sent me doesn’t work but I had an Ethernet cable and I am connected to the internet now, the computer does and I’m very happy with the mid-tier gaming PC that I got refurbished, but I’m very lucky because not all refurbished PCs or consoles work well.

I have seen YouTube videos of people who have dismantled the refurbished videogame consoles and found that basically nothing was done to some of them, while on others they’re like new. You’re better off buying a used console than a new one if the seller shows that it’s in good condition.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are Great for Both Physical and Digital Deals

You can find fantastic deals shopping for videogames on Black Friday and Cyber Monday if you live in America. Sites like Amazon have weeklong sales and you can find great deals for videogames and console accessories if you’re willing to wait that long every year to save up for them.

Many digital stores have big sales during Black Friday an Cyber Monday so you should always check the different digital distributors to see if they’re having a sale for a game you want to buy.

It’s also a great time to buy a game console if you’re looking for a great deal because they do go on sale on Black Friday. You might have to wake up extremely early and wait in long lines, but you can get one if you’re determined to get one.

An example of a GOG.com sale.
An example of a GOG.com sale. | Source

Always Look for Coupons!

Coupons are your friend, whether physical or in an online code, coupons help you save money. But when it comes to finding coupons on the internet, it’s even harder, but you can use WikiBuy or Honey extensions on your internet browser to search for coupons and that will help you find coupons.

If you buy from sites and sign up for their newsletters sometimes they send you coupons, but I’ve never gotten any exceptionally good coupons from the sites I’m signed up for, so you’re better off using browser extensions than signing up to receive coupons in your email inbox.

You Can Buy Used

You can also buy used games either online or at a used game store, but the thing about buying used is that you never know what shape the game disc is in unless you get to look at it first. I haven’t bought a used physical disc in ages because I wait for the physical release to drop in price so I can buy an inexpensive new copy.

If you’re buying a used copy online always make sure to check the seller’s feedback page on sites like eBay or Amazon. If their rating is 100% you should be fine because no one has given them negative feedback, but 98-99% is always something you need to check the negative and neutral reviews for, especially if buyers are saying the discs arrived and don’t work in their consoles.

It’s always a little risky to buy used, so you should always buy new if you can for physical games.

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Refurbished consoles and PCs are Risky Too

I am writing this review on a refurbished gaming PC, but I did check the eBay seller’s rating and they’re mostly good, while the wi-fi dongle they sent me doesn’t work but I had an Ethernet cable and I am connected to the internet now, the computer does and I’m very happy with the mid-tier gaming PC that I got refurbished, but I’m very lucky because not all refurbished PCs or consoles work well.

I have seen YouTube videos of people who have dismantled the refurbished videogame consoles and found that basically nothing was done to some of them, while on others they’re like new. You’re better off buying a used console than a new one if the seller shows that it’s in good condition.

You Can Find Great Deals, but Be Careful When Buying Used

Searching for that perfect game discount or buying that new videogame console or gaming PC on Black Friday or Cyber Monday you can find wonderful deals for gaming.

You can choose from either new or used options for buying games, consoles, and accessories. You can find some great deal if you really try to look for something, whether it’s the game console you’ve been saving up for or that massive discount on that digital download of a game you want, you’ll find it if you are patient and know how to look for great sales.

There are so many ways you can find great deals, but always be careful when purchasing used products as you are always taking a risk when it comes to the quality of the items.

If you’re persistent and keep an eye out for what you want, I’m sure you can get that item you’ve been wanting. Just be patient and keep searching, you’ll find what you’re looking for.

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