The above screen capture is todays ‘Daily Deal’ on Steam. a little game of solitaire is only £1.36 however as i have no interest in traditional card games (I’m more of a MtG kind of guy) and even less interest in fairies I can not help but think that this game is £1.36 over priced. in fact if it where free i would still not download it because to me its not worth playing.
I did however pay too much for a virtual Unicorn in Free Realms, it worked out to be about £4 much more than a mount (or ride as they are called in FR) is worth in a game where you can fast travel to any location at any time. I was glad to drop the cash thought because of how happy it made my daughter to watcher her character wonder about a jungle playground on a rainbow unicorn. £4 actually seemed pretty good for the amount of ‘Yey, woot! lol’ it generated for her.
This got me thinking about value, not of mounts of item stores but the value of gaming its self as a whole in out lives (and yes I am still talking about financial value, I just cant quantify the emotional value of awesome unicorns) as a general rule I don’t buy full price games because to me they are not worth the £30 drop when I can wait a month and pick them up on Steam sale or on a discount shelf at my local GAME store (or Asda, an untapped gamming resource).
I tend to look for an hour’s entertainment for ever £1 I spend on any form of entertainment (one of the reasons I only buy £3 DVD’s) however occasionally there is a full price title that I just can’t resist and have to play at release. This happened for me recently with Portal 2. I paid £29.99 for a game that lasted about 7 hours (and that’s being generous) but because the game was something i had been waiting for since its announcement it appeared to have higher value to me. I played it and finished it without actually feeling like i had paid too much because of my perception of its value.
In fact i would not hesitate to pay full price for any Valve game as they have never made a bad title. they have proven their worth and i trust their development. so their games have higher value to me.
Battlefield 3 will probably be the next full price title that i pick up but with its multiplayer modes i will probably play a hundred hours of it before its gone so it will be worth the full price purchase.
So, with The Old Republic launching at almost £40 (and yes i will pay that for it) i have to wonder if as gamers we are encouraging the increase in price of games. we are guilty of allowing companies to charge over the going rate for titles but in the end we just want to play the games.
i don’t really have a point to hammer home here its just a musing about how perception changes value, i hope i provoked a thought or two out of you.