I'm a college student, no way in hell I can afford to throw down cash for new games constantly. Maybe a tenth of the games I buy in a given year are new and usually requires saving some money up a good deal ahead of time. Usually just buy used and sell back games I've completed AND can't see myself returning to.
I only buy new if it is a game that really interests me i.e Skyrim will be Day1 purchase.
I don't see the problem with buying pre-owned, from a personal standpoint. I realise money doesn't go to devs.
I got BioShock, BioShock 2, F.E.A.R and F.E.A.R 2 all together for £23. Not a fan of BioShock 2 really but for the money I paid it doesn't hurt and it was good enough.
I kinda feel like none of the options really fit me. I pretty much never buy a game for 60 bucks. I either wait till it's been out for awhile, and then buy it new for 20-30 bucks, or I buy it through Gamefly. A lot of the time Gamefly will sell games that are only 2-3 months old, and that are still 50-60 bucks at Gamestop, for only 20-30 bucks. So I jump on that type of thing all the time.
I guess buying through Gamefly technically counts as buying it "used," but I just wanted to clarify a little.
i buy new games all the time with my most anticipated games, but there is a 20% of my games that are the ones that get bad reviews or simply i don't see the value of the 60$ and i buy them used or when they get cheap
buying new games here is hard, the price for a new game is 1/4 of my monthly salary
i still feel ashamed that i bought valkyria chronicles used or paid 15$ for enslaved
I buy pre-owned if it's an older game and the difference between a sealed copy and used copy on amazon is greater than 20 or 30 dollars. Other than, I always buy new. I hate not supporting developers.
Edit: Also I've stopped buying console games except console exclusives so I only have the option of buying new on PC.
I buy pretty much all of my games new, but I usually wait for a price drop.
If I buy used it is because the game is hard to find / way too expensive new. Also sometimes I come across a deal too good to pass up on, for example I bought Chrono Trigger for the DS used for €10 not that long after release.
The only games I buy pre-owned, are games I can't find new anymore. The $5 EB discount on used is a joke, I want to support what I enjoy. That being said I recognize that I have more disposable income than some people, and to each their own. Also I watch for sales and rarely pay full retail, with all the deals on new games there really is no reason to pay $60.00 for most games.
$40 is the new $60.
Very poorly worded poll.
As for the topic, I might buy two or three new games a year, but I usually wait for price drops and Steam sales before I buy stuff. I just don't have the money to buy new games at $60 a pop plus tax and the gas it takes to do a two hour drive to pick it up at the store and come back.
As for the other part of your question, I never buy used games. Obviously being a PC guy you can't buy used PC games, but even if I could I wouldn't. If it was a huge price drop like $10 used or $20-$30 not used I would pick up the used one, but every time I have looked it's only like $2-$3 less and if I like the game enough to want to buy it I want the people that made it to get the money so they can keep making games.
I sort of have to buy new because I'm a PC gamer and modern games have DRM on them that makes used copies worthless. That said I would mostly buy new anyway so I can support the developers, and when I was using my PS2 more often I always bought new. I will get a PS3 eventually and buy new for it as well.