Up For Debate - How Often Do You Double Dip on Games?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Nov 10, 2018 4:00 PM
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Double-dipping, or the art of buying the same games multiple times, is more prevalent than we’d ever dreamed of according to a report published by PlayTracker. Earlier this week, PlayTracker claimed 45% of Grand Theft Auto V players had bought Rockstar’s game multiple times, accounting for 37.3% of all copies of the game sold.

They claim a margin of error of 2% on this data, which seems suspect at best. Taking them at their word though, that’s 37.3 million copies of GTA V sold to people who already owned the game. At an average of $40 per copy, that’s $1.5 billion.

Where the numbers are out of whack or not, among PlayTracker’s user base at least there is decent evidence that gamers are doing this in large numbers. There are numerous reasons for this, whether it’s buying a game on console before it comes to PC, buying the same game of two generations of hardware, buying a game on multiple platforms to play with multiple groups of friends, or even buying a game on several different platforms so players can unlock several different sets of achievements.

The figures being touted are massive though. It’s much higher than I’d personally expected. I’d always figured the number of players actually double-dipping was almost inconsequential, even suggesting there was a bit tinfoil hat theorising from those suggesting it’s a plot from publishers to extract some cash, rather than a matter of resources. Clearly, there’s an abundant amount of cash to be made, from the bigger titles at least, from staggering releases across platforms and generations.

Thankfully, if you’re gaming on PC alone then double dipping is practically non-existent these days. There was a period about eight years back where I was snapping up digital copies of the games I originally owned on disc, but now our libraries can stay with us forever. There are still a few opportunities to double dip though, including rebuying games DRM-free through GOG that we already own on Steam or, if we’re pushing the boundaries of the definition slightly, paying out for a paid remaster like Dark Souls Remastered. These instances are few and far between though, so double-dipping now tends to revolve around buying the same game multiple times across various console platforms, or picking up a console-exclusive game before it comes to PC.

It does happen though, so it would be great to get a feel for how widespread it is among GD’ers, which should provide us with a more PC-focused answer.

I’ll go first and say I have double-dipped, but the number of times I’ve done it are few and far between. For single-player focused games I basically don’t do it at all. If I’ve already completed games on one platform, I’d rather play something new than purchase it for another platform and play it again, no matter how much better it’ll be. There’s no chance I’m buying Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC, for example, I’ll probably be busying myself with Cyberpunk 2077 by then.

I have been known to buy multiple copies of a game if it really digs into my nostalgia though. I’ve bought Super Mario World on SNES, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console, Wii, and the SNES Mini, and I’d probably buy it in a flash if it resurfaced on Switch. It doesn’t make much sense but I do it anyway, mainly because I find it gaming comfort food. Something I can tuck into and already know every intimate detail, running through the motions.

Multiplayer games can be a little different though. I’ve got copies of Rainbow Six Siege and Rocket League on both PC and PS4, the same with Battlefield. If people I know are playing on different platforms, I generally think it’s worth it as long as I plan to put considerable time into the games.

Over to you then, do you double dip on games? Get voting, and let us what games and why in the comments below!

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11:07 Nov-12-2018

The only game I can think of is Diablo 3. I enjoy playing games again, most recently I finished Dark Souls 3 and Uncharted 4 again. That was only because I still have DS3 and my friend let me borrow Uncharted, I wouldn't have re-purchased.

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08:43 Nov-12-2018

Not that often, I have the rule that once I have a game I don't buy it again. With exceptions of games like gta5 that are way better on pc.

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00:19 Nov-12-2018

Double-dipping is a porn term - I can't take these articles seriously xDDD


Now to add my 2 cents on a more serious note: NEVER. I buy PC games 99.9% of the time and they work fine years later when I've got new hardware/software, unlike console games. I don't do home consoles (portables only) and have a little something called "patience", so no need to...double-dip xD

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04:29 Nov-12-2018

Double-dipping is not a porn term. In fact, I've never even seen the term associated with porn at all. Double teaming, sure. Double penetration, yeah. Double-dipping, nope. I have no clue where you got that from, mister. Double-dipping is what I don't do with my chips and what I wish I'd done with pensions. lol

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05:13 Nov-12-2018

Heard the term before but I don't think you'd find it in porn unless it's what you're actively looking for.. lol So I think that says a bit more Mr. Xquatrox than we needed to know ;P

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17:36 Nov-12-2018

LMAO, in all honesty I found the term funny and suspicious when the GTA V "double-dipping" article came out. So I googled it and what I found is that it means when you are from...err...behind and you...err...swap holes at will. A minute there, swap, a bit more there, swap back... xD
So, knowing this new information - I find it hilarious xD

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13:15 Nov-12-2018

idk what have your been watching all life :D , but double dipping is a term used for when a guy goes back and forth from as to pusy

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13:51 Nov-12-2018

Even if it does get used for some weird porn it doesn't make it a "porn term".

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17:38 Nov-12-2018

Maybe so, but I still can't take it seriously anymore. It even sounds dirty, which is why I had to google it to confirm in the first place xD

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17:57 Nov-12-2018

Seriously though? Are you serious? You can't take a term seriously, even though it's a serious term that's been used to describe things like two recessions separated by a period of growth for decades, because it's occasionally used to describe a sex act? It's not a suspicious term. No one who's mind wasn't already deep in the gutter would read it and jump straight to porn.

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20:38 Nov-12-2018

I mean ultimately if you google the term, the first thing that comes up from Urban Dictionary is about chips/dip.... Even then under it is the only term for 5 pages on google search that says ANYTHING about it being a porn term other than online slang dictionary lol.

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09:07 Nov-13-2018

I guess the important part there is "the first thing that comes up on Urban Dictionary" rather than an actual dictionary lol

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13:14 Nov-12-2018

Xquatrox the type of guy to search for bowsette porn xD

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17:37 Nov-12-2018

I found the term suspicious when it was used in that GTA V "double-dipping" article, so I googled it and...the rest is history :D

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18:08 Nov-12-2018

bowsette history :D

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19:39 Nov-11-2018

The only ones I can recall double dipping on were Mass Effect and Skyrim for PC mainly for the modding community additions in all honesty. Now I just buy the stuff I want to play on PC (mainly multiplayer) or PS4 (single player)

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18:34 Nov-11-2018

Only time I've done it was when I started playing BF1 on PS4 then I sold it and had to buy it on PC.

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08:50 Nov-11-2018

Just twice, NBA 2k17 for PC and PS4, then FFXV, also ps4 then PC

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06:15 Nov-11-2018

It really depends for me on the game.
Some games i have multiple time (gta V, bully, Lord of the rings online and others that arent at the top of my head right now)
And some games i have only twice (witcher 3, witcher 1, beyond good and evil) and some others.
But most games i have only 1 time.
It really depends for me on when the game launched. f.e beyond good and evil i had on launch day...

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06:16 Nov-11-2018

but bought it later as digital release too cause my dvd had died.

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02:19 Nov-11-2018

I bought GTA V for PS3 and later for PC.


Got the PC collector's edition of The Witcher 3, it was going to arrived late, so I bought a GOG to play on release day. Gave away key in collector's edition to a friend, and the key I got with my new graphics card.

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01:18 Nov-11-2018

just buy only console exclusives for console and the rest get for pc why buy both copies?

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09:45 Nov-11-2018

Because of later re-releases like FFXV or GTAV, possibly RDR2.

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13:43 Nov-11-2018

well i dont know anything about ff15 but it was obvious that gta5 will be released on pc, same with rdr2, if you know its gonna be good game why ruin your experience and get console version first? It costs double the money and you play on inferior platform first(unless your pc is very low end)

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00:21 Nov-11-2018

Never. Its a mortal sin to waste money :)

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23:16 Nov-10-2018

I try to never, but with all the sales over so many different services, it did happen by mistake to me once or twice. Sadly I noticed after getting over refund period/conditions. Since keeping track over multiple platforms, even on PC, where you have Steam, GOG, Uplay, Origin,... with hundreds of games is bit hard.

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21:12 Nov-10-2018

I'm pretty sure that GTA V is the only game that I've ever double dipped on. I might have to double dip on some coming up soon though. I gave a whole lot of PS4 games to my sister 30+ and I kind of wish I had some of them back now. I might go ahead and offer to buy them from her, because she doesn't play them. That's still double dipping, kind of.

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21:01 Nov-10-2018

When I had consoles yeah, I had terrible luck and they all kept dying just out of warranty so I'd swap them back and forth, went through like 3 xboxs and 2 PS2's haha.

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19:49 Nov-10-2018

I did it quite alot when I first moved to pc, most of the games that I had for console. Probably a normal thing to do.

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19:44 Nov-11-2018

I did the same exact thing when I got my first gaming PC. Games I enjoyed and would replay often (or had cool mods), I bought, usually on sale or third party.

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19:41 Nov-10-2018

Never , and wont probably ever do that

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19:19 Nov-10-2018

Only once with rollercoaster tycoon on mobile.

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18:39 Nov-10-2018

Never I have no reason to. I just buy it once play it and that s it

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17:04 Nov-10-2018

I have a ton of copies of Sonic 1 on different systems, other than that I've got Sonic mania and Bayonetta on Switch but I already own the PC versions

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16:41 Nov-10-2018

I have never dobule dipped, i understand if you buy the game twice because of diferent geneeration of consoles, so you getting better visuals and maybe even content,buying the digital version when loosing a physical copy and probably the online part too, but double dipping single player games for whatever other reason is just stupid.

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16:39 Nov-10-2018

Only once. Bought Witcher 3 physical copy for GOG and GOTY Edition for Steam. Worth it.

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18:38 Nov-10-2018

every penny.

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21:14 Nov-10-2018

I pre-ordered from GOG and even though I've seen it on Steam for dirt cheap I've never bought it again. I like GOG just fine. I can say though that I understand the urge. I bought a PS4 copy for my sister because I wanted her to experience it as well. It's sad, she hasn't finished it but she's got thousands of hours in ARK.

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