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How soon do you typically start playing new games?

QuizzicalQuizzical Member LegendaryPosts: 25,371
edited April 2016 in The Pub at MMORPG.COM
Because, for a given person, it will tend to vary from game to game, you can interpret this as what you'd try for ideally (and realistically), or as the median start time after launch of a game.


  • rojoArcueidrojoArcueid Member EpicPosts: 10,722
    Voted this for most games across all platforms. However, there are a few games i start playing right at launch (again, across all platforms). If i get a beta invite i'll try as well.

  • mgilbrtsnmgilbrtsn Member EpicPosts: 3,430
    I play on launch day and maybe one or two days after, just for the weeping and gnashing of teeth by players. Then I wait a few weeks or months for things to iron out.

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  • rodingorodingo Member RarePosts: 2,870
    edited April 2016
    I used to play games at launch.  However, now that I'm a little older I tend to wait on feedback, reviews, or just simply for sales on Steam.  It's not that I don't get excited for new games anymore, it's just I learned my lesson plus developed a little more patience and discipline when it comes to my game purchases to where I don't buy them on release day.  I never was one to rush to end game anyways, so it doesn't really matter that I start playing on day one or not.

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  • iixviiiixiixviiiix Member RarePosts: 2,256
    Learned my lessons .
  • DarLorkarDarLorkar Member UncommonPosts: 1,082
    Multiple choice. 

    If i really like the idea and how it looks, i will get it at release. Does not matter if it is MMO or single player.

    If the game is just a play it some day then it is always 3-6 months/ on-sale/ trial, before i try it out.
  • Octagon7711Octagon7711 Member LegendaryPosts: 9,000
    After I've done some research on the game, then I decide.

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  • postlarvalpostlarval Member EpicPosts: 2,003
    MMOs cured me of getting a game at release. Since released games are usually beta quality, I'd rather someone else spend their hard-earned cash testing for me, thanks. 
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  • Paradigm68Paradigm68 Member UncommonPosts: 890
    For regular games I wait about a year for the GOTY all-DLC-included, bugs all fix version to hit Steam during a sale for about 20 bucks. For MMO's I wait for about 6 months after launch for the hype to die down before I even check to make sure it's not broke or a major cash-grab time-sink AND it's got to have a free trial.  
  • ThorkuneThorkune Member UncommonPosts: 1,969
    I like to try beta when possible so that I can see if it's for me or not. 
  • flizzerflizzer Member RarePosts: 2,455
    For single player/Steam games often at least a year and sometimes longer or at least until there is a good sale. For instance, I just picked up Shadows of Mordor and hear they are at work or finished on the second one.  I rarely play MMOS at launch. I can't see the sense of playing alpha or pre-alpha now.  I consider launch the e'arly draft of games and will play maybe a year later. I've only recently started with ESO and love it. 
  • QuirhidQuirhid Member UncommonPosts: 6,230
    It really depends on the game. Some alphas and betas are fun, some are horrible. Some games I'm not sure about so I wait until I see more reviews and gameplay.

    I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been -Wayne Gretzky

  • AxxarAxxar Member UncommonPosts: 104
    Mostly a little after they launch. I specifically avoid Early Acces games. Some games I buy much later during sales.
  • majimaji Member UncommonPosts: 2,091
    In general I wait until well known reviewers have reviewed the game, and then I watch / read several of these reviews to get an impression.

    I made the mistake of pre-ordering Hellgate London and buying AOC without waiting for reviews, so: never again. Those were too disappointing.

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  • GeezerGamerGeezerGamer Member EpicPosts: 8,856
    Never again will I be sucked up in marketing and fan hype.
  • cheyanecheyane Member LegendaryPosts: 9,175
    If it is a game I really want to play as early as possible but not as often a possible so some mystery will still be there for me.
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  • bersteinberstein Member UncommonPosts: 2
    Archeage cured me of the hype train. I will wait till after release and then watch game play vids. Then if it looks like it is something I might like, I will give it a try. If I get a beta key, I will do the beta. I will never buy early access ever again.  Looking at Black Desert atm.
  • WizardryWizardry Member LegendaryPosts: 19,332
    edited April 2016
    I put a lot of criteria into my decisions.Obviously waiting too long is not good but jumping in too quick now a days means added BS cost,like you want in early "PAY US".To me that kind of BS almost turns me right off completely,like i won't play your game period if your treating players differently based on how much and how soon they pay you.
    In other words,i don't like shotty business operations,they look scammy i don't want to support them.

    So i guess the answer is 1-3 weeks after launch. after i have time to decipher both the game and the business.

    My preferred method and one that ALL games SHOULD be using is a free trial or FREE beta.Seems devs now a days feel their mediocre crap products are worth PAYING to beta test,i do not agree one bit with that nonsense.

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  • Scott23Scott23 Member UncommonPosts: 293
    I'll generally wait unless I get caught up in the hype train.  It isn't important to me to have any server firsts or anything so I will wait and be behind the initial wave or two of people.  It is less crowded that way as well.

    For single player games I don't mind buying closer to release, but I am just as likely to wait for a good sale.
  • H0urg1assH0urg1ass Member EpicPosts: 2,380
    When it goes on sale on Steam for 50%-75% off.
  • Azaron_NightbladeAzaron_Nightblade Member EpicPosts: 4,829
    It's highly dependent on the game in question... if it's one I'm excited for? Early access pre-order. Otherwise, I don't really care. Likely some Steam sale or similar promotion.

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  • TheocritusTheocritus Member LegendaryPosts: 9,815
    There are so many games out now that I have no problem waiting....I know Im not missing the next greatest game.
  • SEANMCADSEANMCAD Member EpicPosts: 16,775
    If the AAA market did not rely on that question being heavily weighted toward 'I paid money before anyone was able to play the game' then they would be a real big trouble

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  • QuirhidQuirhid Member UncommonPosts: 6,230
    SEANMCAD said:
    If the AAA market did not rely on that question being heavily weighted toward 'I paid money before anyone was able to play the game' then they would be a real big trouble
    And kickstarters don't?

    I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been -Wayne Gretzky

  • rojoArcueidrojoArcueid Member EpicPosts: 10,722
    edited April 2016
    H0urg1ass said:
    When it goes on sale on Steam for 50%-75% off.
    On PC i do that quite often as well. I dont see myself paying the same price for digital that i pay for physical on my other platforms. There have been some exceptions for me with a couple mmos but they were worth every penny to me.

  • AmatheAmathe Member LegendaryPosts: 7,630
    I have beta tested some games, and I have been late to a few parties, but mainly I try to show up at launch.

    Credit this website for keeping me apprised of what's out there and what's coming, because otherwise I would have no clue. 

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