Games are expensive. And as you get older, you get more money to buy games. Inversely, you have less time to play said games. Therefore, life is cruel. But one thing I have noticed about gamers is that we are morons when it comes to money. It seems that we just can’t wait to part with our hard earned cash.
Scan any message boards and you will see people clamoring for various games to be remade on next-gen systems. Then they will complain when nothing original is made but that’s a post for another day. Square Enix just released FF VII on the PSN in Japan last month and everyone’s reaction was, “WTF???? Where is the PS3 remake??? I want to pay 60 bucks for this game, not 5!!!!”
And the clamor continues, which is kind of sad, because if you stop and think about it, Square Enix releasing it on the PSN is pretty much the death knell for any hope of a PS3 remake. Business-wise, it makes no sense for them to give you the old version for so cheap and still expect demand to be high for a high end remake. Granted, demand is still very high, but let’s be honest, Square Enix doesn’t exactly have their fingers on the pulse of our desires, otherwise we would have Chrono Trigger sequels, FF VII remakes and good Mana games. So don’t hold your breath.
One more thing about the PSN release of FF VII: people on message boards have said that even though they still have the game and it works just fine, they are going to buy it on the PSN anyway. Now, it is only 5 bucks, but really? You already own it and you just have to have it in another format? If anyone is looking to just throw 5 dollars out the window, please email me. I can put it to better use, trust me.
While listening to a popular podcast from a popular game website, I was astounded at what I heard. One of the people, who shall remain nameless, was talking about how he bought a Nintendo 64 when it first came out. Then after playing Mario 64 and a few others, he had sold it by March of that year. So he had it from December to March, then sold it and got a Playstation. A year later, when Zelda came out, he bought another one.
Now, maybe it’s just me, but this seems really stupid and shortsighted to me. By 1997, we knew Zelda was coming out. I can also promise you he took a loss on it. But gamers seem intent on the right now, not on the future. I bought a PS3 with the knowledge that the games coming out in the future would be the ones I wanted to play. I can’t imagine buying a N64, getting controllers and all that stuff, then selling it and doing it again. Maybe I am just nitpicking, but I would kind of expect more from people who write about games for a living.
Do you guys see any of this stuff going on? What purchase did you once make or a friend make that you look back on and say, “WTF?”