How many times have you bought a bunch of AAA games for barely a 20.000 LBP (13$)? Many times? I did too. I used to go to the store around the corner and grab the latest games in plastic bags, install them all and enjoy playing, but not anymore.
When I was a young kid, I barely had any pocket money, and online shopping wasn’t so trendy at that time, at least in Lebanon. I never owned any Credit Card, and probably didn’t know that these games exist in an original version priced at 60$.
So I bought these games, and I later I knew that yes these games are pirated, and we can’t play online using them but who cares, they are cheap, I never thought I’d be able to play a game if I had to buy it originally. Then I started bragging about it “hey we have cheap games, I can grab a whole bunch of em with less than 20$“.
Years have passed and eventually, I owned a Credit Card, and so I had 2 options, either to keep buying pirated games or begin spending real money. Here’s why I chose the 2nd option:
- When I finished a game, the credits begin to roll, and I realized that a team varying from tens to hundreds of members have worked on this game, some games are developed in a duration of 3 years if not even more, these people have salaries and in case of indies, they had no money at all. Would I accept people robbing a product that I worked on so much?
- Many times the copy would be corrupted, either the installation didn’t work or the game was filled with bugs, I couldn’t tolerate these versions, and usually, when a copy is available on the market, it never gets an updated version. Why not enjoy bug-free games with latest updates and patches?
- A Game isn’t just a program that does a specific set of actions, there are people who work so hard on these games, creative people, genius people, and they truly make games magical, so each game is actually a piece of art. So it’s not just that they deserve the money because they are providing a product, they deserve money as a gift for their excellence. Why shouldn’t we consider that us paying for the game is an encouragement for these people to continue on making great games (especially indies)?
- Playing online. If you enjoy playing a game for about 50 hours, you would enjoy the online experience much more. Why should I prevent myself from online experience?
Since I started buying original games, I have discovered these important things:
- Games are cheaper after a while, you don’t need to rush and buy the game when it’s 60$, you can find lots of big games on Steam with a price tag of 3$, 7$ and 10$.
- There are lots of sales, real sales, a new game might go on sale from 60$ to 40$, there are lots of offers online.
- It is more satisfying to play a single game every month, not 5 games at the same time, and it’s more satisfying to play a game with all possible updates, fixes, and DLCs.
Concerning the money, you can save, not everyone is born with a golden spoon in his mouth, we can save to buy our favorite game and trust me it just feels good, I don’t know why.