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From where do you get your games?:

This thread is about listing where and how you get your games. Digital distribution? Buying them from an online retailer? Borrowing them from buddies? Or even buying them in-store?

I do most of my game buying from online retailers like Amazon and sometimes Gamestop. Buying games from local stores and Walmart has tapered off because it's more convenient and cheaper to buy them online.

 2 Mukora, Thu, 15th Nov '12 8:54:06 PM from a place Relationship Status: Love is an open door
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A little bit of everywhere.

Stores like Wal Mart, Target, Gamestop, or Buying them online, or borrowing from friends, or stealing them from babies.

The only thing I don't use very often is digital distribution, because I like to own a physical copy, it's like a bit of insurance. Sure, I could write my own disks, but... eh.
 3 Azure Seas, Thu, 15th Nov '12 9:09:28 PM from Pennsylvania
It depends. For PC games, I almost always go digital distribution. For console and portable games, I'll get it from a store for day one releases, and online otherwise. I don't borrow often- I'm bad at keeping track of that stuff >_>.

As a PC Gamer and Australian I get my games from either Steam or Ozgameshop.

Ozgameshop is really cheap and avoids the usual region price increases and absurdly high markups that Australians get from retail and occasionally from Steam depending on the publisher.

 5 CPF Mfan, Thu, 15th Nov '12 9:41:40 PM from A Whale's Vagina
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I buy all of my PC games via Steam (except for the one game that shall not be named), all of my console ones from Gamestop. If it's a short game, like a Modern Warfare game, I just borrow it from a friend who wasted sixty bucks after he gets bored with it. He usually doesn't ask for it back until like a month later.
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 6 Demetrios, Thu, 15th Nov '12 9:43:09 PM from Northbrook, Illinois
I usually buy mine from Best Buy, though I'll go to Amazon for others.
 7 videogmer 314, Thu, 15th Nov '12 9:43:18 PM from that one place Relationship Status: Who needs love when you have waffles?
I tend to get newer games from Gamestop and older ones from Ebay.

 8 Rationalinsanity, Thu, 15th Nov '12 9:59:06 PM from Nova Scotia, Canada Relationship Status: Not war
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Gamestop and Steam for the most part.

 9 Physical Stamina, Thu, 15th Nov '12 10:00:20 PM from boooouuunnnddd to fall iiiiin loooooooove Relationship Status: It's so nice to be turned on again
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Usually Gamestop.
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For PC: Steam, Go G, every other digital distribution platform, occasionally direct from the dev's website if indie and provides keys for the aforementioned distributors, in store, and Amazon.

For everything else: PSN, in stores, Amazon. At one point in the past, I got a few older games on Ebay.

In both cases, I try to get the physical copy whenever possible.

edited 15th Nov '12 10:39:54 PM by Nettacki

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I prefer to buy physical copies wherever I can.

I still object to Steam on a personal basis, but will buy things on there if they're not available elsewhere.

My local stores usually stock most console games, but if it's a PC game I'll probably have to visit the city.
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 12 rmctagg09, Thu, 15th Nov '12 10:51:26 PM from Brooklyn, NY Relationship Status: I won't say I'm in love
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Mostly Gamestop.
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Mostly retail. I get them over the internet when they aren't available otherwise, like old games or indie games. But I prefer to have physical copies.
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 14 Lemurian, Thu, 15th Nov '12 11:27:47 PM from Touhou fanboy attic Relationship Status: Sinking with my ship
Steam for PC-games, retail/webshops for consoles. I also buy a lot of used games on auction-sites and similar.
 15 0dd 1, Thu, 15th Nov '12 11:38:33 PM from Nowhere Land
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Admirable attempt at proper grammar in the thread title, but it's still really wonky and not quite right. "Where do you get your games?" is fine. Better yet, "Where do you purchase your games?" or some other less ambiguous verb would work even more nicely.
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 16 Rocket Dude, Thu, 15th Nov '12 11:46:11 PM from AZ, United States
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Steam and GOG.
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 17 Risetteer, Thu, 15th Nov '12 11:48:58 PM from Kagamination Relationship Status: Tsundere'ing
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Sometimes retail, but I've started buying more online.
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Steam for my PC games, Virgin Megastore or Micromania for console ones.
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 19 Fuzzy Boots, Fri, 16th Nov '12 5:46:14 AM from Pittsburgh, PA
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[up][up][up][up] ^_^ "From whence do you get your games"?

Me, I get most of my PC games via the Humble Bundle and most of my console games secondhand from Goodwill and Gamestop. I'm easily amused, so I have no real need to keep up with the latest trends. The games of 4-5 years ago are more than enough for me most of the time.

 20 Tam H 70, Fri, 16th Nov '12 6:29:15 AM from 合計虐殺 Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
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Gog, Steam, GAME, Ebay, Cash Converters, Cash Generator and Gamescentre.
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I've purchased a number of video games from local pawn shops, independent retro game retailers, and used media stores. Unless I know that a particular console game will have a limited print run, I expect it to slowly decrease in price, and be fairly easy to find in used-but-working condition.

As for current console games which might become scarce, I usually go to a local Gamestop. It's partly because I don't want to see the stores become empty shells in the near future, and partly because I've had some frustrating experiences trying to figure out why mail order packages didn't get delivered.

I have bought a few computer-exclusive indie games from small portals and creators' sites. I prefer the activation method to be as easy as possible, and for there to be no need to log in, stay online, or anything of the sort.

Finally, it has been some time since I purchased an import game. If I'm going to make the effort to do so, then it will a region-free game unless it's easy or cheap to modify my system. And if I'm going to spend quite a bit on an untranslated game with more than a line or two of text, then I will wait until a quality fan translation patch is available.

 22 Achaemenid, Sun, 18th Nov '12 1:08:45 AM from the jetty, gazing at the sea. Relationship Status: You can be my wingman any time
Amazon. I don't have a PC powerful enough to game with (though I hope to change that in the next couple years). If there is a "Ultimate Special Collector's Super Edition" that I really want and isn't too expensive, I occasionally buy from the store that is selling it.
 23 burnpsy, Sun, 18th Nov '12 1:22:23 AM from Ontario, Canada Relationship Status: Abstaining
The Eternal Fool
For my PC, it's digital distribution or bust.

For console, I grab physical copies where possible and get the digital ones when there's no other choice. Similar logic applies to my handheld games.
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A lot of my games come from local games retailers. Partially because I still play my retro systems and it's the best way for me to get games for those systems (no shipping costs!), but partially because it's usually cheaper than buying new. Plus, they give really good trade credit, and they don't just buy games, all of them. So I can turn movies or old books into games, or vice versa if I so choose.

New stuff, I go a little bit of everywhere. Basically, I buy it wherever I find it first, and possibly wherever the price is cheapest.

I only buy digital games if that's the only option for them, since I vastly prefer having physical copies. I also rarely buy physical things online; only if it's a real rarity and scouring the shops for it isn't worthwhile.
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 25 ABNDT, Mon, 19th Nov '12 1:49:12 PM from where you're not looking
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PC games through Steam, console and handheld games through Amazon.
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