With the next wave of consoles on the horizon, gamers everywhere are getting pretty psyched (or miffed, as the case may be) about the possibilities, promises, and developments sure to continue to flow from our benevolent game-producing overlords. However, I will not be buying any of them; nor, as I suspect if any of these reasons strike a chord with you, will you.
1. I do not have infinite free money.
Despite the video game industry’s assumptions to the contrary, there is a limit to the amount of income I have. Not co-incidentally, there is a much, much smaller limit to the amount I am capable – or willing – to allocate to the “VIDEO GAMES” line on my family’s budget.
Video games are expensive; a recent trip to Wal-Mart led me to find several brand-spankin’-new games for sale for the low, low price of $59.99. The systems that run these games have been out for years, and the only way I could really hope to get one is if my entire extended family forgoes meals and luxuries like running water for a month in order to finance the purchase of such a lavish gift. I don’t even want to consider the cost of the next generation of consoles.
Should the video game industry listen to me whine about having no money for their systems? No. I’m some doofus with access to the internet; I barely care what I think. However, my whole generation is entering the age where money concerns start to take precedence over entertainment concerns. Kids who have grown up under the names of Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft have become adults that have to deal with Groceries, Mortgages, and Car Payments. Maybe the console kings’ new target is the super wealthy, but I hope that’s not the case.
2. I do not have infinite free time.
Remember what I said about being a grown-up? How other things are more deserving of my family’s finances?
Well, that idea goes double for time. Again, we’re talking about a whole generation coming of age and working on careers; most careers take effort beyond the workday’s requirements. Work gets taken home. Work cuts into the time spent playing video games.
And it’s not just work, either. There are family matters to consider; for a husband and wife to have a thriving, happy relationship, they must spend time together (Honey, if you’re reading, don’t worry; I love spending time with you *wink*), not to mention the meaningful, important time that must be spent between a parent and his/her children. Now, maybe, you and your entire family bond over video games. Great! For a lot of us, though, video games are OUR personal enjoyment time.
This all ties into the money thing again; if I’m shelling out the big bucks, I had better be getting something that is worth my time for a long time.
3. I already have a lot of games
This is the one that I’m pretty sure would apply to any gamer: I own several video games. Like, dozens. I haven’t beaten all of them 100% yet. I still enjoy playing them. With many of them, I couldn’t ever conceive of being bored while playing them. The designers of these games did an excellent job. So why should I invest even more of my time and money into something that I kind of already have?
This is not to say that the quality of games should decline; that would be bad for absolutely everybody.
Well, that’s enough whining for one day. And who am I kidding? The game companies have us in the palms of their sweaty, Cheeto-dusted hands.