A discussion that seems to plague Gamers and is often raised when someone pays for video games before realising they have no money to buy copious amounts of energy drinks and Quavers!
My simple answer would be “No, it’s not, leave me alone while I play in the dark at 2:00 pm on a sunny Sunday afternoon”. But we don’t live in a simple world, I must discuss this and inevitably give you my thoughts on the current climate for video games.
To me, it’s always about VALUE. Whether I’m buying a holiday (always paying over the odds because it’s during school seasons, thanks, Travel Industry) or simply walking 12 miles to get a bottle of Mountain Dew because it’s 19p cheaper at Nisa.
Now Gamers may be ashamed to admit this, but across a year, we’ll heavily invest our hours to play 1 game. For example, for me, FIFA 17 was a big year. I would average at least 20 minutes of FIFA every single day. This is an average which I’ve plucked out of thin air based on monster sessions and not touching my Xbox for days/weeks at a time.
Let’s do some maths.
20 minutes x 365 days a year = 121.66hours (translated into roughly over 5 days straight). I remembered to carry the 1!
If you put that against the £40-£50 you’ve paid for your delightful investment. It’s not a huge amount if you take into account the “Entertainment Factor”, which is something I definitely didn’t just make up (insert shifty-eyed emoji).
When you put Entertainment Factor into context when paying for a Cinema ticket (because we all go to the Cinema and no one ever streams illegally, ever), it costs £10.00 roughly for a comfy seat and a film that could be amazing like Hacksaw Ridge or rubbish like Baby Driver, ridiculous name.
So you’ve paid for your Cinema ticket and have watched your film, maybe you’ve had a small popcorn for £3.00. Ultimately the experience of that film cost you £10+ for 2 hours of your life.
That is one example, you seem to get far more entertainment from Games than films nowadays, I’ve collectively spent 2 hours on changing the colour of my characters hat to match his new trousers because shooting bad guys is about fashion if Nicholas Cage has taught me anything. Or changing the boots on Neymar because he just doesn’t look like a millionaire in Pumas. Ew!
But I don’t play games? So they’re expensive!
Is an awful counter-argument, but one I’ve heard before unfortunately. My reaction was simple “of course they’re expensive to you, now please let me know your hobby so I can urinate on the value of that, oh wait, are Selfies (which I will now call Shammies) a hobby?” (that’s right, I can be a real sassy pants sometimes)
But to summarise, it depends on how much you play or enjoy your hobby.
If someone who enjoys football as a hobby plays 2-3 times a week and has the money to treat his or herself. I wouldn’t see a £150.00 pair of Nike boots drenched in the sweat of Cristiano Ronaldo as expensive. I see it as expensive because I play football twice a week average (that’s right, I go outside) but not at a level where I am needing the best boots, and because I’d rather spend my money on other things.
Video-games are now mainly targeted at our generation who grew up with a Mega-Drive or Master-System. We grew up, we now have money and still, enjoy ‘playing’. Clearly, more time and money goes into producing games now because of the popular culture it brings. If you were my age in the 80’s (31), you were at the pub or at home, probably wishing you were at a pub.
Game Add-Ons (for money)?
Now when a respected Gamer says to me, “What about the money for Add-ons?” (an example would be paying actual funds for FIFA points to open packs, like a sticker book when you were 10 years old)
This is an argument for games becoming expensive that I can get on board with I suppose. But then I go back to my previous and probably the only point, it’s the value you get from it.
All I would say if you are gaming and spending lots, take into account these important factors.