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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