Last Week on #DailyPoll – 3/11/16

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Each day on our Twitter account, @PSNation, a poll is posted about video games. People respond and then I compile the results into this post. Last week was all about the things that make you want to buy video games.

Monday
Monday was about game reviews, do they make you want to buy or make you not want to buy a game.

Biggest camp falling into the “just sometimes” answer, which would say to me that reviews aren’t a huge part of their decision but can sometimes affect it if they’re not already sure. A sizable chunk said the never use reviews and a similar chunk said they use them often. Joseph Parastatidis sounds like one of the “almost never” folks.

Tuesday
Tuesday posed a similar question, but this time focusing on game live streams. This one was of particular interest to me because of some of the rhetoric floating around the internet. A lot of people seem to think game reviews are becoming less and less relevant as players can just watch streams and decide for themselves, so I was really curious how this would stack up to Monday’s poll.

Pretty interesting, to be sure, and it would seem to fly in the face of the idea that streams are overtaking game reviews. Compared to Monday’s poll, the top three answers were all down, with “never/almost” group. Worth pointing out, as usual, that these polls likely don’t reflect the gaming populace at large but it would seem that at least among the people who vote in our polls, reviews still affect their purchase more than streams.

Wednesday
Wednesday was about game demos, those bite sized chunks of the game we get for free to try to get us to buy the full experience. Once again, I was curious to see how this would compare to the previous days.

Mostly similar to the poll results for reviews, with the center on it sometimes affecting a purchase. The spread is a little more even though so the range of who is affected by the demo is more spread out. Bernard Odjidja says a beta (so basically a demo) did change his mind on one recent game.

Thursday
Thanks to our writer Dave giving me the idea on this one, Thursday asked how often having friends buying a game will make you want to buy it.

There’s a slight skew towards the more likely answers so it would seem that this is a little more important to folks. Interestingly though, this is in spite of the fact that this really only affects multiplayer games. Both of the twitter responses said something to that effect.

Friday
Friday finishes off the theme with preorder bonuses. They’re everywhere now: “preorder to get this or that or the other thing!” Do those things really help people decide to buy a game?

Guess not, for the most part. Results leaned heavily toward the less often answers. Oddly, it’s not actually as much towards that side as the live stream poll. So I guess people are more likely to buy a game because of a cool preorder bonus than because they saw it on a stream? Very interesting…

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Written by Andy Richardson

Andy Richardson

A longtime PlayStation fan who enjoys JRPGs and rhythm games when he’s not tweeting about his parrot.

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  • Jbumi

    Demos definitely influence my purchases – they allow you to get a good handle on how a game plays. Thus enabling you to have a more informed decision on purchasing.

    Unless you’re SquareEnix – over the years, I’ve found they have the worst demos I’ve ever played (didn’t play VII’s, but VIII’s & XII’s were terrible when compared to the actual games).

    Then there are the ones that cost me money. When I got the demo disc with OPM (always pronounced it “opium” – thought it apropos!) that contained Balder’s Gate: Dark Alliance it convinced me to buy the game!