Lately I suppose you could call me a cheap gamer. I haven't bought a game since L4D2 for $35 on black friday, and I've barely touched it since. There have been a number of titles that I've wanted to get, but the price tag and my current addiction to MW2 just wouldn't leave room for them. I plan on buying a PS3 sometime in the near future since I can get a 40 GB from Gamestop for $230.
Cheap, probably. I've become a more intelligent decisions when it comes to buying games. I often buy games on day one if I really want it, but other games I'll wait until a deal comes by. I also started leaning towards smaller, cheaper downloadable games that I seem to be playing more often than big budget titles nowadays.
I make alot more full price purchases than I expect, thinking about it. There's only so few games where I feel I must own as soon as possible, mostly however I leave it for a few weeks then buy me a 2nd hand copy or just go with the £10 price drop thats to be found on play.com.
I am because I have to be. I used to buy all my games new, I enjoyed supporting the industry. Recently I haven't had the money to buy all the games I want so I have to make choices on what games to buy and rent the rest. Other than that I've alway been one to jump on a bargain when I see one. I get a $5 gift card from GameFly every three months and I usually use that to buy one of their pre-played games really cheap. I just got Godfather 2 for $7 which I'm enjoying, certainly for that price.
I don't have a job, so that makes it hard for me to justify $60 on a video game, when I could use that for food or clothing. Also, I have such a huge backlog of games that when I get through some of them, the "new" games from a few months prior already have deeply discounted prices. Case in point: never had time/money to pick up Brutal Legend last October,attempted to clean up my backlog, and found myself with a new copy of the game for $20.
So that means...yes.
Eh... I'm not really. The way I go about my purchasing business is pretty simple. The games I really want and feel I can't wait for I preorder(I just want to be clear, I wouldn't put money down for a preorder, I just order the game before it's release and it shows up at my house on the release date). For other games I wait until I feel I have the money to buy it, or I wait for the price to drop. I pretty much buy all my games online now, since it's always cheaper than the local stores and I'm pretty much guaranteed it'll show up on time.
i'm really both. lately i haven't bought a game because i have a crapload of games that i never get to finish. i'm trying to finish them then go and play the newer games. it will be good because if i missed a game it will keep me for a while when next generation comes out, that is if it comes out around 2012.