Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Being late to the party

Fashionably late is something that I will never be. Conveniently late on the other hand is definitely within my grasp. I don’t necessarily mean the kind of situation where I miss catching a plane that happens to be overrun by poisonous snakes, avoiding a blood coagulating death by failing to promptly get off my arse. I mean something more along the lines of keeping my ‘games to buy’ calendar a few months behind. Although avoiding death by sleeping in does appeal.

Anyway, the point I am making is that sometimes it is best just to wait a while to get a game. It can be hard trying not to jump the gun like an excitable greyhound chasing a fake rabbit stuffed with chew toys, but there are benefits to holding off on anticipated purchases.

I have only just started to enjoy the gravity and logic defying delights of Just Cause 2, despite following it very eagerly up until its release in March. Many times I have seen it floating around the £30 mark, but have decided to hold off at the last minute because I had other games that still needed my attention.

Come the relatively entertainment dry months of summer and much to my delight, I spot it for £18. It makes every grappling hook medical complexity that I inflict on the military forces of Panau that much sweeter, knowing that I managed to snag the game at a relatively decent price.

Now, sometimes a game can be dripping with so much appeal, we cannot help but leap and snag it at the release price. Day one sales figures usually reflect this when a big title comes out, like a new Zelda or Gears of War, and I can definitely say that sometimes I am among that crowed. The thing that I can’t stand however is this new attitude that some games companies *cough, Activision* are carrying around. You know, the one where they decide that because their games are so great, they can be sold at a marked up price that the public will happily lap up.

This has happened with a few games, such as Modern Warfare 2, and more recently, Starcraft 2. With a RRP of £44.99, you can probably find a copy of it for about £35. I refuse to pay that much for a game that originally was meant to contain so much more, until they decided it contained too much and then broke it up into a main piece and two expansions. I feel like Activision Blizzard are trying to drag the consumer’s collective balls through the sand, because that is honestly taking the piss.

It may only be a matter of £5 over what a PC game would usually cost (and more or less in line with console purchases), but it’s the principle of the matter. My one man boycott may be a simple case of angrily pissing into the wind, but it does bug me that most people are happy to lie in front of Activision’s money train as it happily steams over their wallets.

Ah well. I guess it just means that I’ll be enjoying Starcraft II’s campaign long after everyone else has. Hopefully though, I will be safe in the knowledge that my Zerg rushes cost me less. Now then, back to tethering people to passing helicopters.

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