Where do you buy your games from?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by thejeff21, Jul 25, 2015.


Where do you get your games from?

  1. Steam

  2. Mac App Store

  3. Internet

  4. Other

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. thejeff21 macrumors newbie


    Jul 24, 2015
    As an indie developer I was just wondering where do the majority of mac users get there games from? Steam? Mac App Store? The internet?
  2. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Mostly from MacGameStore.com to support the good people behind InsideMacGames.com, unless it is a game I can only get elsewhere. A few from the App Store if there's a really good offer (Around 5-10% of my buys or something).

    So I voted "Internet".
  3. lunaoso macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2012
    Boston, MA
    Steam all the way, although I'm mostly a PC gamer rather than Mac. I do get a few on Mac through, which is where steamplay comes into play.
  4. Washac macrumors 68020


    Jul 2, 2006
  5. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

    Dec 9, 2004
    GOG preferably, also a few from the Humble store. Steam if it's not available elsewhere.

  6. Kissmyne macrumors 6502


    Apr 21, 2015
  7. deadwulfe macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2010
    Mostly Steam and GOG, some on the MAS for Feral's games.
  8. atarria macrumors member

    Oct 4, 2009
    Has anyone had problems using the MacGameStore downloader? Mine will not work and returns an error message. This is the second game that refuses to download.
  9. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
  10. Washac macrumors 68020


    Jul 2, 2006
    Indeed it should.
  11. Suture macrumors 6502a


    Feb 22, 2007
  12. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    Usually G2A then activate the purchased key on Steam. Saves a lot of money and their customer support is surprisingly helpful.
  13. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    Thanks for fixing the poll.

    Steam, Blizzard, Mac App Store, GoG, Gamesdeal (they sell keys), other independent game developers.
  14. Celtic Warrior macrumors regular

    Celtic Warrior

    Mar 20, 2013
    Toronto, ON
  15. bobbytomorow macrumors 6502


    Nov 10, 2007
    Left Coast
    Steam number 1

    Also many other sites that sell Steam keys like Humble Bundle, Games Republic, Green Man Gaming etc...Whoever has the best price on the game I want that is also redeemable on Steam.
  16. madeirabhoy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2012
    agree, and for the same reasons. i do most of my gaming in bootcamp, but i like to have a mac version, and if the performance is even close ill play the mac version to avoid restarting. stuff like football manager and civ that i play as im doing other things, i always play on mac.

    in terms of buying, it depends on the best price. mostly from steam sales, i cant remember the last time i dropped over €30 on a game, probably a football manager or CIV varient, most of my purchases are sales from steam/GMG/humble. i am never sure if its acceptable buying from G2A, but for certain games i do, always football manager because the steam pricing of it is so unfair on eurozone players.

    i havent anything against the other stores but its easier and more asthetic to have in the one place. i do have some games from app store but i forget to play them as i always look in steam.
  17. The Economist Suspended

    The Economist

    Apr 4, 2011
  18. Solomani macrumors 68040


    Sep 25, 2012
    Alberto, Canado

    If you had asked this question 20 years ago…. I would have answered "I get my (Mac) games at Egghead! Or Electronics Boutique! Or Fry's!"

    How times have changed. I get half of mine from the Mac App Store. The rest are from other independent sites like direct downloads from say the TellTale games website (the ones that make the Walking Dead game for Mac/PC/iOS) or another example is that I would buy/download Blizzard games directly from Blizzard's website (since they don't have presence in the MAS or Steam).

    I'm a "casual-to-moderate" gamer, not some "hardcore" online gamer who feels the need to get every Steam title that comes out. So not compelled to have a Steam account whatsoever. For my more serious gaming craving… there's the PS4.
  19. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    Case in point- Steam wanted $60 for Elder Scrolls Online:Tamriel Unlimited, while Gamesdeal sold a key for $33. Gamesdeal' key was for use at the ESO site, not through Steam, which is fine by me.
  20. Nunyabinez macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    Steam first, but typically only because of the Summer and Christmas sales. Then Humble Bundle when they have a decent bundle and then from GOG. MAS only once or twice. As I would guess many other here are, I am a Windows gamer first and only play games on OS X when they come along with Windows games I purchased. And I would only play a graphically simple game on OS X as Mac drivers are still quite inferior. Please don't flame me, I am a Mac lover but gaming on OS X is still weak.

    I feel a little bad for developers, because most of my friends only buy games when they go on sale for 70% or more off. Steam has many of us trained to be patient because we can get year-old games for a fraction of the price. But then again, I have like 160 Steam games most of which I will never play but the developer got at least some money out of me.
  21. JaguarGod macrumors 6502


    Mar 27, 2010
    Steam is great for sales. But I use the MAS mostly. I just don't really like using steam. Just my personal preference.
  22. Dirtyharry50 macrumors 68000


    May 17, 2012
    Once upon a time long ago, I managed an Egghead store in Boston, Massachusetts. :D
  23. Negritude, Aug 15, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2015

    Negritude macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2011
    Steam primarily, because of the ridiculous and insane deals that are available via third-party giveaways, sales, and bundles. And I'm including all the retailers that sell game keys that are redeemable on Steam. Steam is not just a site, it's an ecosystem. Seriously, it's no contest. So many Steam games these days are SteamPlay, meaning they are often available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and even for the ones that are Windows-only, the significantly cheaper cost makes it worthwhile to have a gaming PC or to use BootCamp, rather than care about Mac specific games.

    Second choice are the literally thousands of free and open source multi-platform games that most insulated Mac users don't know about. There are some freaking amazing games out there written by indie and open source developers, most of them free or donation-based, but people who don't understand that OS X = UNIX are unaware of them for the most part.

    Third choice would probably be Good Old Games (GOG), which specializes in old-school games which are DRM-free.

    My absolute last choice is the Mac App Store (MAS). Number one, many MAS games do not include features that are available with the Steam version of the same game. Number two, the cost of games via the MAS is overall way more expensive than they can be found elsewhere via Steam related sales, bundles, and sales and coupons at numerous retailers. Number three, a lot of games on Steam, GOG, and elsewhere are multi-platform. That means that you can play them on OS X, Windows, and Linux, whichever you decide to choose. MAS games are limited to being Mac-only. For people whose world is limited to the Mac garden, that's fine, but for those of us with broader and more adventurous tastes, Mac-only is a liability.
  24. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040


    Jul 4, 2015
    Just discovered cdkeys.com. It's a reseller for Steam, GOG, Origin, etc. They buy in bulk and then pass the discounts to us until their inventory runs out. Would have saved so much money if I found them earlier.
  25. Suture macrumors 6502a


    Feb 22, 2007
    This thread makes me remember the days of buying games at Games & Gadgets and Egghead. Really liked Egghead in particular, but maybe it was just the store I went to at the time (in Virginia Beach). I still remember the last game I purchased there, MechWarrior: Mecenaries.

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