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Weekend Open Forum: Where do you buy your PC games?

By Matthew ยท 91 replies
Mar 11, 2011
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  1. According to stats released by NPD last summer, digital game downloads surpassed retail stores in terms of units sold. During the first six months of 2010, gamers bought 11.2 million digital PC games versus 8.2 million physical units. That trend is spurred by the incredible prices and convenience offered by services such as Steam. Valve's digital marketplace reportedly earned $1 billion in 2010 and the company claims it's more profitable per employee than Google and Apple.

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  2. Quinneypoo

    Quinneypoo TS Rookie

    thepiratebay, bitgamer.
  3. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    95% Steam, sometimes Best Buy
  4. I stopped after the gamesellers (GameStop...etc) decided they weren't worth their while.
  5. TitoBXNY

    TitoBXNY TS Addict Posts: 235   +50

    Now that Best Buy's PC section is nearly obsolete, Steam. GameStop's customer service is just awful, so Steam for me.
  6. Steam is the best.
  7. Steam, duh. those spinning media formats are so 2010...
  8. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Booster Posts: 248   +12

    Well, I guess most of us will say Steam... Reliable, big discounts and excellent multiplayer platform... what else do you need?
  9. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

  10. I buy 90% of my games from Steam, 5% from Impulse and 5% from Direct2Drive. Think it's been about 5 years since I bought a boxed game.
  11. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,979   +71

    I will still buy from the likes of Walmart, Best Buy, etc. if they have what I want. Amazon definitely and had a first good experience with Gogamer.com.

    There have even been really good deals on eBay.
  12. Stardock (Impulse), Target, BestBuy
  13. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    steam and direct2drive
  14. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    Buy? Who buys PC games?
  15. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,045   +206

    At the game vendors site if its new if not amazon or ebay. I also go to best buy every so often to buy a new game or to browse new\old games. I doubt I will ever buy a old game from best buy again.
  16. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,157   +459

    I still only buy boxed games. I don't buy a lot of games but usually they're from Best Buy.
  17. motrin

    motrin TS Booster Posts: 161   +13

    all of last year bought countless games off of steam
    2 from Games for Windows. (10 cents age of empires and MS points for one of the Stalker games)
  18. Steam, is there some place else ?
  19. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    Steam, GOG and occasionally Direct2Drive.
  20. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Guru Posts: 375   +80

    I mostly buy boxed games, at walmart or best buy. A few downloads from GOG.com, but I still prefer physical media. Just old-fashioned I guess!
  21. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,267   +895

  22. EB Games (way overpriced in australia) , Steam
  23. Squuiid

    Squuiid TS Enthusiast Posts: 44   +17

  24. TrekExpert

    TrekExpert TS Enthusiast Posts: 104

    I use to always by my games retail as until recently the fastest internet in my area was 500kbs. I just got a "speedy" 1.5mbs internet connection so I have been considering using steam.
  25. boybrushdred

    boybrushdred TS Member Posts: 26

    i buy from steam specially on BIG sale events!

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