Is it worth buying games on release?
I put a Tweet out the other day as I was looking on Game and found several games in the sale that have all been released in the last three months. Just for info I don’t work for Game!
I found to my horror Tomb Raider is £25, I brought it on release just over a month ago and I paid £39.99. Then I saw Dead Space 3 £25, DMC £21 just to pick a few. Everything will drop in price over time, so its not the fact that its cheaper, its just the short space of time in which it seems to happened that annoyed me.
Anger aside there is no doubt that these are bargains and I guess you could be waiting longer in some cases for a game to be reduced, however I am pretty sure I have seen this happen before. So are shops just playing on the fact that we can’t wait for a game to slide into our disc trays, or maybe we can’t bare to see our friends all playing it whilst we try to amuse ourselves on other older games?
Thinking about my nature, I am a lot more patient these days so maybe I am wrong and with money becoming tighter we are all waiting and thus the shops drop prices to tempt people to buy.
Both points resonate with me but I think that unless it’s an absolute must have game I think I will try and hold back a bit more and hopefully save some money.
Clearly money is not the only factor that comes into play. How much is the game hyped, how many people do you know who will playing it, how much did you enjoy the previous games (assuming its a sequal) or perhaps it just looks so sexy that you cannot wait to get your hands on it.
As I find on a regular basis there is nothing else to play, so its more a case of why not. If you sit one or all of these next to a pot of money that you have to burn then much as I did with with Tomb Raider you will spend, without worrying that it will come down in price in such a short time frame.
One last thought is that there must be some serious margins somewhere to be able to warrant such drastic drops. So who are the real winners and losers?