GR Showdown: Is It Worth Buying Games Day One?
Posted on Friday, July 26 @ 16:00:00 Eastern by GR_Staff
GR Showdown pits the Game Revolution staff against each other in a passionate debate on a particular hot-button gaming topic. Our self-imposed rules? There is no middle ground—all must take a side. All debates will have an equal number of representative on both sides: either 1-on-1 or 2-on-2 . And all our arguments must be made in 350 words or fewer; 500 or fewer, if it's 1-on-1. Which side are YOU on?
Since this is a special 1 vs 1 vs 1, each of us will have 350 words to dish out our response.
This Week's Topic: Is It Worth Buying Games Day One?
Anthony Severino - YES: I'm likely a rare case when I absolutely must own everything on day one. I'm what people call an early adopter. It’s a sickness; I am so even if I cannot afford it, or don’t even really want or need it. I can’t explain it, but it’s definitely an impulse that I often cannot control, made worse when it comes to my favorite pastime: video games.
Alex Osborn - MAYBE: If there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I'm picky, fickle, and incredibly selective in just about every aspect of my life, and as you might expect, this very much applies to my video game-buying habits as well. On average, I only buy a couple of games a year and unless that game has Halo, Zelda, or Metal Gear in the title, I likely won't be buying it for full price on day one.
The harsh truth is that I don't have the same undying love for all video games as some of my fellow hardcore gamers do. That said, I do have an inherent loyalty to particular franchises that I know I want to stay immersed in. I dropped over $60 on a special edition copy of Halo 3 when that first launched and didn't think twice. In this particular case, I knew that I would be getting my money's worth and being a part of that initial excitement was too difficult to fight. That was also before I started writing about games in a professional capacity, so my cynicism wasn't quite at the level it is now.
So I'm taking the easy way out in answering this question by going with a yes-and-no approach. Certain games are worth the premium price of admission because being part of the day one conversation makes the extra bucks worth it. However, game prices do plummet rather quickly nowadays, and if I haven't been obsessing over a particular game for months on end, I have no problem waiting until the damage to my wallet is a bit easier to bear.
Nick Tan - NO: It seems the only reason why I pre-order anything is to make my GameStop friends happy (and employed). That is, unless it's an obscure JRPG that won't be in stock lest someone's got a pre-order, or if I want extra security on getting in a game for review if it's stuck in delivery to the office. But I rarely ever purchase games right on release day. Many times I let the pre-order roll on by and pick up the game later.
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