First game I ever played was Legend of Zelda and I fell in love with video games then!
Game systems I own and the order in which I got them.
NES - In a box
Genesis - Missing actually
PS1 - In a box
Dreamcast - In a box
PS2 - In a box
Atari 2600 - In a box somewhere, very sad
(Xbox - had it, left it to someone else, bad idea)
Game Cube - In a box
Xbox 360 - In livingroom
Wii - In livingroom
PS3 - In livingroom
I'd love to have a room where I could hook all of these up, but at the moment not a possibility.
I was driving home from work yesterday and a thought occurred to me. An analogy actually, relating video game purchases and relationships.
When someone buys a game outright, owns the hard-copy, it's like their in a committed relationship. When someone plays games that the only have microtransactions (free-to-play,) it's like their one-night stands or regulars at the strip club.
I buy my games outright, something about being able to hold in my hands the item I've purchased, just makes me feel better about the whole thing. That's not to say I haven't bought a few downloadable games (Torchlight, Costume Quest, Penny Arcade 1&2) but I bought the entire game, not just a piece here and there. It makes you feel more invested in the game, like a committed relationship.
With these free-to-play games popping up all over the place, it worries me. Is this really what that industry is going to become? Are we going to come to a day when the option of owning the physical media we love is gone? Throwing a few dollars at a game here and there so that the developer will come and shake it's cleavage in your face, isn't my idea of a good time. I'm not saying I don't like cleavage in my face, I'm just not going to pay for it every time I want to enjoy it.
Apparently married people live longer. Let's hope that more people choose the traditional relationship, and save this industry from becoming a bunch of courtesans that burn out and disappear just as the next one comes along, without ever giving us games that are truly worth playing.
I'm not against pre-orders, making sure you get the game you want when it releases is a good feeling. What I don't understand is all of the pre-orders with in-game bonuses. The exclusive items depending on where you buy the game maybe, but even those are usually released as DLC somewhere down the line.
The ones that give you an in-game item are the ones that confuse me, as far as helping me to make my purchasing decision. How is this weapon going to help me get the upper hand while playing? Initially it might be better than the rusty sword you find in the pile of junk, but after playing the game a bit, you're going to come across something else that will put the pre-order 'bonus' to shame. I get that designers can't make the 'bonus' an ultimate weapon, it would just break the balance of the game. But for me to put down my hard earned money potentially months before a game is released, I'd like to get something more than an in-game item that is only going to get used for maybe 5% of my play through. Maybe a game whose system allows for the item to level up itself, or be continuously altered throughout I could understand.
What I do like about pre-order bonuses are the ones that give you another quest or task, without having to pay for the extra DLC later. I feel like I'm actually getting more for investing in the title early, not just something extra that doesn't really add to my experience. Now I'm not saying I won't pre-order a game because it has a 'bonus' item, but I'm not going to do so just for that item.
I've been a gamer ever since I played Legend of Zelda, I think I was about 6 or 7 years old,
at my friends house. I'm not sure I even had to ask for it for Christmas that year, since I had
been spending so much time over at the friends house playing.
Skipping those glorious years with the NES up to the PS2/Xbox. (Yes I updated my systems
between never stopping playing.) But it was around that time that my son was of the age
that he noticed what I was doing and the game I was playing. Now my son was born when
I was just 18 years old, yes I was way to young to be having a child, but he is the best thing
that has happened to me.
Just like most kids, he wants to be just like me and do all of the things I do. I'm all for him
playing video games, and I pay very close attention to the games he plays. I tried hooking up
the old NES for him so he could play all he wanted and I wouldn't have to worry about the
content of the game. I love it when a game comes out that I can play with him and we both
enjoy it together, like the LEGO games or Viva Pinata.
One gripe I have is his mom and the kid's parents that live on their street. Either they know
nothing about video games, or they just don't pay attention to the media their children are
seeing/playing/hearing. He told me once about going to a birthday party for one of his friends,
the kid being a year younger than my son, and the kid getting Halo 3 as a gift. Of course the
kid tears downstairs to his system and starts playing, while the parents sit upstairs and know
nothing about what is going on downstairs. Needless to say, his mom now calls me if she
has a question about anything video game related, and my son knows to ask about a game
before he plays it.
The other gripe is that I no longer have the time to play the games that I want. I'm still playing
Mass Effect for the first time through! I've gotten backed up on my games to play! Lost
Odyssey, GTA4, Too Human (played a bit of the first level,) Penny Arcade: On the rain slick
precipice of darkness episode 1(played a bit on this as well,) and added today Fable II. I still
need to pick up LEGO Batman for the both of us, and Force Unleashed for myself. And with
Fallout 3, GoW 2 coming out soon there looks like no way I'll ever be caught up. Those are just
the games I'm behind/will be behind on 360, Odin Sphere for PS2 and Twilight Princess on Wii.
There just aren't enough hours in the day!!!