Okay, I admit that post title is a bit ambiguous unless you knew what I was thinking. Trust me….you don’t want to know what I think. My mind is a very scary place indeed. This is actually a posting about one of my favorite subjects – videogames!
One trend I’ve been seeing from a popular new/used videogame store here in town is that they offer to give a larger amount for people to trade in games that have just come out rather than pay a smaller amount for games that have been out for a while. From a business standpoint, I get why they do this – to get people to trade them in so they can turn around and re-sell them for a higher used price than games that have been around the block a few times – or titles that are just not as popular.
Case in point – I know that Watch Dogs just came out recently. If you trade it in, you’ll get more for this title than you would for say – Halo 3, just because of the age of the game. So if you’re a good gamer and can blow through a game within a week, you’re encouraging them to dump it into your lap so they can get store credit for another new game to blow through. I can see this point if you buy a game with low replay value – once you beat it, you’ll most likely never want to go through it again – but what about those games that you really enjoyed? Are you so eager to get rid of that source of enjoyment so soon, knowing you’ll never get the full value back out of the game when you trade it in?
I had this problem with some games I used to have. I’d play it for a while, then sell it, then some time later, I’d miss the fun I had with that game, so I’d have to go back out and buy it back again. If you enjoy a game a whole lot, then why not just keep it and play it again?
People also do this thing called a “speed run”, where you time yourself to see how fast you can whizz through a game and defeat the final boss battle. I guess that’s okay if you don’t have any side-quests or any other goals to play in your game, but I enjoy the journey of the game. It doesn’t really matter how long it takes me to finish it. The finish line will still be there when I get there. Some goals require fast timing though, but I’ve not seen a game yet that offers a trophy for finishing a game in a certain time limit.
I guess people still feel the need to be fast at something. Too bad it’s only testing how fast we can all twiddle our controllers.