Great post over at Penny Arcade today about used games = stealing (via Tobold) that has really struck a cord with me. As readers here know, one of the things I hate most about this industry is that so many customers reward mediocrity (or worse), reward rehashing (or worse), and then turn right around and cry about sequels and everything being the same, or that so many games are released in poor shape. It’s not unique to the gaming genre, but it’s sickening how so many gaming ‘fans’ shit on their own lawn with some of their practices.
Point blank: if you enjoy a game, you should let the devs and the industry know, and the only way you do that is with money. If you don’t send money to the devs, REGARDLESS of the reason, your vote becomes a nay. If you pass on a game because it looks terrible, you vote nay. If you get a pirated copy, you vote nay. And yes, if you buy a used copy, you vote nay. And guess what? If you buy a terrible, awful game, no matter how much you hate it, you voted ‘yes’ for that game and let the company behind it know you’d like more. Good job, you not only double fucked yourself, you also took a shit on anyone who looks forward to better games made by quality developers. Thanks asshole.
On top of that, one of the absolute most ridiculous excuses you hear all the time is “money is tight, and I can’t afford to pay full price but still want to enjoy a game”. I’d love to be able to drive a Ferrari daily, and “money is tight” for 200k cars in the SynCaine household, time to go steal one I guess. If “money is tight”, rub two brain cells together and figure out a way to scavenge up that lofty sum of $60 if you want something. Can’t do it? Then you probably shouldn’t be playing games to begin with. Honestly though, we are not talking once a year/life purchases here, we are talking $5-$60 for a game. If you can afford a PC to run a game, or a console, I’m fairly sure you can save up for a game.
I mean look at this example:
Personally I would love to be able to support every developer who makes the games I enjoy. I understand that they are doing this for a living and I want to help them keep doing what they love…. BUT… As an adult with a family, my budget for buying games is limited. I have other responsibilities and they NEED to come first. If my only chance to enjoy a game is by buying it used… then that’s the way it HAS to be. I am however fully onboard with buying games via digital stores, so long as the price tag can fit my budget. It really comes down to being able to play the maximum amount of games on limited funds.
Are you kidding me? If you budget is limited, guess what? You limit what games you buy asshat. Fairly sure stealing a game is not how it HAS to be. That’s why people buy a Kia instead of a Lexus. Not because the Kia is the car they want, but because “on a tight budget” they can’t get the car they want. I think you and your family will be ok without yet another videogame. And if not, guess what? Get a second/third/tenth job to feed your NEED for a videogame. What kind of sick justification for stealing is this?
Limited budget? Guess what, now you have to make better choices in what you buy, and only buy the titles you MOST want, skipping those ‘quick grab’ purchases of shovelware or meh titles. Win/win buddy.