I choose games based on price. So if a physical copy is significantly cheaper than a steam one, I'll get that, and vice-versa, but we all know Steam sales dominate. I kind of prefer if my game is digital so I don't need to be swapping discs, but that's not going to make buy a more expensive digital copy over a physical one.
So all in all I would pay full price for a digital download (which in Australia is upwards of $80 for PC)
$59, since the usual price I pay for retail console games is
Whatever I think it's worth.
If it's a funny little odd game, no more than $10 and that's stretching it. If it's a full AAA release, no more than $60 because that's what I would pay for it on disc.
When I build myself a computer, then I'll probably just wait for sales on all but the most anticipated releases.
Depends on if the thing will go on sale or not soon after release. In the case of Blizzard games (such as Diablo 3), they never go on sale; so if I'm planning to buy one, I'll pay full price for the download. Also if it's a game I know I'll be playing a whole lot (such as Battlefield 3) I'll do it as well.
But most of the time when it's games that I'm on the fence about, don't expect to play a lot, or haven't sold well at launch, I'll wait for a drop to around $15. Possibly $20 if it includes DLC.
Well technically some games on steam for me in Australia are $89.99USD but I have never paid that price. I just import a retail copy from overseas and activate it on steam for half the price. Generally when buying digital goods for a new game I like the $49.99 price tag. Anything higher and it usually puts me off it. Especially when I know a steam sale is just around the corner.
I don't even have a CD/DVD drive in my PC; I haven't bought a game in at retail since I was like 10. Exception: a few console games. But yeah, I'd pay as much for digital as I'd be willing to pay at retail, even if it should be cheaper (due to manufacturing and whatnot).
Fuck those games that launch on Steam for $59.99. Also, fuck pretty much all recent Blizzard games for the same reason.
So yeah, I consider my upper limit for digital downloads to be $49.99, and even then, I only bought Portal 2 at that price; everything else I wait a couple months for a Steam sale.
$20 is my max for a digital download. I hate seeing games like Assassin's Creed 2 selling for $24.99 on Xbox Live when I can get the greatest hits copy at Walmart brand new for $20. I understand that Microsoft needs to get their slice of the profits, but seriously.
I paid 59.99 for a Diablo III download so I guess that's how much I am willing to pay. That kind of game is few and far between, though.
This except in euro.
This though I used amazon since its cheaper... but if it wasn't available I would have paid full price for the digital... what matters isn't the money its the value for fun. I mean why would u cap your limit your buying to 15 dollars if the games in question offer say 10 points of fun when a 60 dollar game offers 100 points of fun. Its just logical sense. I didn't use length because it doesn't neccesarily dictate fun. Anw I can say that although I paid like 10 dollar for Braid back in the day and it was an awsome 2.5 hours(on my first playthrough), I spent about 200 hours on Diablo 3... so its much better value. Also TL in comparison i've sinked about 20 hours for a 20 dollar purchase... so I am skeptical about the sequel.
This is kind of weird since people are thinking of Diablo, but that's a unique situation. Retail copies are pointless since they all need to be activated on Battle.net anyway. It's also an exception to the rule, I mean, how many of you people would buy anything ELSE other than Diablo III for $60? Especially when a retail option you could sell is available at the same price?
I'm approaching this with the Games on Demand mindset. There are a few rare exceptions that I might pay more for just for the convenience factor or my love for the game, but for the most part, $15 would be the max I'd pay on those services.
Games on Steam really shouldn't count, though. That's a completely separate animal and the sky is the limit. How much would you pay for a game on Desura? $5 max for me, I don't know how long Desura will be around.
It all depends on your faith in the license provider.