Some of us, the unlucky part of the community, are pretty damn strapped for cash. There are plenty of reasons behind the lack of expendable cash and I’m sure that it’s not hard to relate to. These budgets make things like steam sales and big releases a reminder of the fact that budgets suck. These things that we want but can’t afford always come with enticing incentives, incentives that look good and exciting but are actually worthless or have the same odds as hitting megabucks. You can’t blame them for trying, but you can blame them for what they try to push as worthy incentives. Even worse, is when the big releases come out not finished and buggy as all hell, ‘because that’s what patches are for, amiriteguiz?’
The Economy still blows.
Not to get political here, so I won’t! Unemployment is still high. A lot of us who play games don’t have years upon years of work experience so those of us who became unemployed have had a hard time getting anything beyond scraping by. Those able to maintain a job are doing whatever they are asked to keep them and staying above water. Then there are the lucky ones with decent jobs, who don’t have to worry so much about getting fired over something stupid or laid off. No matter which group you’re in we all probably got better things to spend our money on…..well unless you’re that annoying 13 year old on Xbox Live with parents buy everything they ask for, because they feel guilty about not actually loving you.
Let me ask you something. How many sales did Steam have in 2010? How about Good Old Games? Live and PSN? Whatever the Wii marketplace is called? How about the actual retailers? Even just the ones you’re aware of seem countless don’t they? There were so many sales this year, so many times where things were things seemed to have a great price. Low low prices so tantalizing it makes you not able to control yourself. Next thing you know you went from 10 games on steam to 60, or your xbox hard drive is demanding you delete something to make space for what you just bought. Impulse control is a bitch and they love when they rid you of it and your cash. You can’t blame them, it’s a business, they want and need to make money, you can only blame yourself for falling for it. What you can blame them for however is…
The cheap enticements!
CONTESTS! PREORDER BONUSES! MAP PACKS! OH MY! Sorry, bad joke/reference. While these things are nice, what real use are they? The contests have worse odds than being struck by lighting.
That's right little crab thing, you got no chance at those games.
The random preorder bonuses are usually useless. LIKE AVATAR CLOTHES!
Or don’t even change anything important and won’t even be noticed.
The map packs at least serve some use but will be under populated for a while, or disabled for you when playing with friends who don’t have it and don’t want to pay for it.
THE FAIL THROUGHOUT THE YEAR!
“ALRIGHT, I CAN AFFORD MW2! I CAN PLAY WITH MY FRIENDS AND HAVE A GOOD TIME!”
“WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS DOUBLE SHOTGUN BULLSHIT! HOLY OVERPOWERED TAC KNIFE BULLSHIT BATMAN! SNARF SNARF LAG LION-O SNARF!”
“Well if I trade this in at least I could get Reach”
Fast forward to that
A date further in time…
“I got some FFXIII now, should be a huge time sink.”
5 hours later
“…is this going somewhere? “
3 more hours
“WHY DIDN’T ANYONE TELL ME THIS DOESN’T GET GOOD TILL 20 HOURS IN? I WOULD HAVE GOT SOMETHING ELSE! DAMNIT!”
A date further in time!
“Alright, Activision wouldn’t screw me twice, right?”
2 minutes later.
“GOD DAMNIT BLOPS IS BROKEN TO! I HATE MY LIFE!”
And that’s how consoles get thrown from windows and budgets get fucked.
THE ACTUAL GOOD GAMES!
Ok, so the examples of the fail have quite a bit of my own personal opinions. If you like those games there is nothing wrong with that. I won’t think any less of you, it’s ok, I promise. 2010 wasn’t completely filled with fail and gimmicks. Some games were really damn good, and were actually worth spending what we could on them. Those gems make being a broke ass all the more difficult. There is nothing like hearing “OMG RED DEAD IS SO GOOD, GO BUY IT.”, when you can’t afford to buy shit. Nothing makes being a broke ass worse than when you can’t get something awesome.
There is a lesson in all this.
CUT YOUR HAIR AND GET A JOB!