I’ve been a console gamer from a very early age. In the early 80’s when I was a very small child my older brother and sister had an Atari 2600, so I started gaming at the tender age of 4. I remember laughing myself silly over the Smurf game my sister like, when you lost a life the Smurf would sit down with a farting noise and the was the funniest thing EVER. I spend hours playing games like Wizard of Wor with friends when I got older. I graduated onto Sega consoles, I never really bothered with Nintendo, something I have to say persists to this day. I owned the original Playstation, and the PS2 and now find myself predominately playing on my PS3, though I do own an Xbox 360 (my fiancé prefers it to play CoD games on).
Now I love my job, but like most Bar Staff I don’t earn much over minimum wage. Working full time I my monthly pay packet isn’t too bad, especially in the summer months, but after paying bills I have a limited amount of income, so I don’t buy brand new games unless its a game I have been really, avidly waiting for. The last game I bought the moment it came out was Aliens: Colonial Marines (and we won’t go into how THAT worked out for me), I usually wait a month or so and pick up a second hand copy. This isn’t a post about how poor Myr is though, I’m not poor, I just like to be sensible with my money.
I will admit I don’t look at the stuff being released about the specs of the XBox One and the PS4, it’s all Greek to me. I’m sure whatever the specs the games I want to play will look great, and that’s all that matters to me. But the prospect of having to download games rather than go to a store and buy a copy bothers me, I won’t lie.
Personally I don’t download games for my PS3. I live on a farm in the middle on nowhere and my connection speed is usually about 3mb, and I doubt I’ll be getting the “Superfast Fiber Optic” broadband BT are advertising any time soon. I bit the bullet a few months ago and bought Ni No Kuni via the Playstation Store and it took nearly 24 hours to get it. When I buy a game I like that as soon as I get home I can pop the disc in my PS3 and be playing it inside of 30 minutes. The prospect of me having to take a whole day to download a game every single time leaves me cold. Yeah, ok, I’m totally not a patient person.
As I mentioned before, I did buy Ni No Kuni digitally when it came out. And this leads me to the second thing that bothers me. I can’t trade in Ni No Kuni now I have finished playing it. All I can do is delete it. There is no trade in money towards the next game I want. And to me, that is something of a big deal. I like getting some of my money back once I’m done with a game. I like picking up games cheap as £50 for a game is a lot of money to me.
And you know what? I like going to my local Game store. I like chatting to the people that work there about games and movies and music (both the Game in Lancaster and in Morecambe play excellent music, barring the time the Lancaster store was playing Backstreet Boys when I was in). I asked an employee a few weeks back what would happen if everything became digital and trade ins were stopped and he was quite frank: Video game shops will shut down, a d he is really worried about it. Locally we’ve already lost HMV, which has left a DVD shaped hole in my life, I don’t want Game to go the same way.
Will it stop me buying a PS4? Probably not. Me not buying one will not change a thing, as I seriously doubt there will be a mass boycott of the PS4 or the Xbox One over these issues. And why lie, as much as I’d like to say “You aren’t getting my money because of this.” I do want to play Dragon Age 3 and Mass Effect 4, and buying a PS4 will be the only way I can.
I know nothing is set it stone, but this is one gamer who is hoping the good old hard copy of games are here to stay and you won’t need a one of code to play them. Digital downloads may be the future, but right now I like being a dinosaur!