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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.
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About cinsoccerone of us since 6:51 PM on 12.14.2006

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.

My son has a DS, PSP, and iPod Touch.


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