The eternal question of a gamer, no matter how good or bad a game is, no matter how detailed its mechanics are, or how lengthy its story is this: is the game worth my money? With video games being the highest grossing entertainment industry on the planet, it is clear that people are spending a lot of money on this hobby.
Gamers sometimes have some odd habits with their games. We know that many gamers buy games that they simply aren’t completing, while alternatively, many people are pre-ordering games before they even know whether the game will be good or not. Compile that with the ludicrous amounts of money some games ask for, whereas other games are totally free to play but ask for microtransactions in small doses, and you have a huge variety of playstyles and purchasing decisions. How does one spend their hard earned money? Which ways work for which people?
This divide has brought about an interesting discussion on Reddit, where many are debating their habits in game purchasing. Let’s take a look at what the community has to share.
Some people have to be more frugal than they used to be with their purchases.
Other gamers are staunchly frugal, but that leads to the very common backlog problem.
There are those who are simply patient. They are stronger than us. They have the power.
Then there are the tactical purchasers, who pick and choose their spending by the developer’s name. Indies come first.
Some Nintendo gamers are willing to splurge, but the same person on PC will be more hesitant.
Some gamers just need to be convinced. Make a good game and sell it properly, and they’ll buy at any price.
Yet others spend extravagantly on games, even though most of their game time goes into a free-to-play game.
Sometimes people will spend top-dollar for other things, but strangely not for games.
There is a pirate among us. But at least they’re honest, despite their illegal activities.
And there is sometimes no helping some of us.
Are you a gaming cheapskate? How do you spend on games? Do you buy any game you can get your hands on, or wait for the best deal? Let us know your thoughts on the debate in the comments below.