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Do you buy physical for PC anymore?

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2 years ago#1
Topic. - Results (392 votes)
Yes
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No
66.84% (262 votes)
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With DD being a HUGE thing now, do you even buy physical anymore for PC?
I do if I'm buying something early on and it has a physical release. I can see myself getting BF4 and Watch Dogs physical, for example.
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2 years ago#2
I've bought a grand total of 3 of the games in my 92 game steam library in physical format. Two of the discs never even saw the inside of my drive, just slapped the code in and downloaded it.

There's just no point in buying physical copies when there's nothing extra about them.
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2 years ago#3
I do when it's a better deal, which it almost never is.
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2 years ago#4
When neither are on sale, physical copies are often cheaper than digital copies, so I'd buy one then (if I didn't mind waiting a few days to play it).
examples:
* I bought the Fallout Collection (1+2+Tactics) for a penny on Amazon. Twice. Even with shipping and handling, it was still very cheap.
* Not too long after Skyrim came out, the physical copy on Amazon went on sale for $30. I think digital was still $50. It also included the map and the case, obviously.
* I bought Call of Pripyat for $10 on Amazon back in 2011. The physical copies of the other games were also cheaper, I think.
* Just today, I looked up The Saboteur. It's cheaper to buy a physical copy.


Also, for certain games that I really want, I might pre-order a physical copy. Box art, manuals, and maps can be nice bonuses, too. Collector's/Limited/Pre-order Editions are even better.

I think digital distribution is definitely becoming more prominent, but sometimes I just like to get a physical copy, if only for novelty.
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2 years ago#5
I've bought two physical steam games since February when I built my pc, but only because they were notably cheaper than the digital versions. New Vegas ultimate was 30% cheaper and Space Marine was 80% cheaper. The only thing I could see myself buying in the future would be more cheap games (cheaper than the DD version by a large amount, like Space Marine was) and WoW expansions if they ever make another good one. I prefer having physical copies of those for the security it affords.
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2 years ago#6
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2 years ago#7
I bought a copy of Civ 5 shortly after it came out and I bought SC2: HotS at Best Buy because I had a gift card. Those are the only PC purchases I've made since getting broadband internet.
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2 years ago#8
Yeah for series I like. Last thing I got was the Elder Scrolls Anthology and before that was Sim City, Battlefield 3 Premium Edition, Doom BFG...Other than those I stick with Steam and of course Blizzard titles.
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2 years ago#9
Not unless it's the only option available (which doesn't happen often), or it's Steam/Origin-activated and cheaper than buying on said online service (in which case I throw the game out after activating the digital code).
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2 years ago#10
It's just so much cheaper to buy on digital download than a physical copy... and a much bigger selection.
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