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access_time September 3, 2013 at 1:40 PM in Culture by Maggie Wiland

I’m Not Casual, I’m Just Poor

Games-With-Gold-ListYes yes, we know. The games from Games with Gold are a bit old at times, and yes yes, we know, PSN gets newer games. And while you get to keep your 360 games even if your Gold account lapses-something you don’t get to do with PSN-I actually think both services are pretty cool. Hell, Microsoft didn’t have to give its users ANYTHING, to be honest. But this isn’t about comparing one service to the other. This is about the fact that even when you’re getting free games, you will complain. First of all, let’s look at the idea of something that’s free, shall we? When an item is paid for, and expensive at that (say 50 to 100 dollars or more) people expect it to do everything on the face of the earth. However, people seem to have the same idea with free things, when you should just be grateful you’re getting anything AT ALL.

A lot of comments I’ve read have been about the years the games have been released-the age problem-so I constantly see a lot of the same comment:

“This game is (random number) of years old! Who hasn’t played this yet?!”

Actually, of the games for gold that have been released, I played (counting Septembers), Rainbow Six Vegas, Dead Rising 2 Case Zero and some of Crackdown before I realized how much I hated it. That leaves me with Dead Rising 2, Fable 3, Magic 2013 and everything else they’ve released. Now, if I were to say this in the comment section of an xbox heavy website, its users would attack me and call me a “casual gamer” or somebody who isn’t a gamer at all. Actually, the reason behind why I haven’t played these games is because I AM BROKE AS SHIT. Simple. As. That. A lot of people in this economy don’t have the money to pay for a 20 dollar game, let alone a 60 dollar game. I can barely afford to go to the movies, ON THE 5 DOLLAR TUESDAY NIGHT DEAL. Fable 3 was 10 dollars when I wanted to buy it. I couldn’t even spare that. Know why? Because I’m a responsible adult who has to pay for bills, groceries and rent. I barely break 200 a month-BARELY-so that tells you that I don’t have a lot of spending money, ok? Simple as that. I’d LOVE to play more games. I JUST CAN’T AFFORD IT.

So to someone like me, who can barely live month to month just for necessities, a system like Games for Gold is fantastic! And furthermore, I’m not going to complain about stuff that’s free, especially when-as I said above-Microsoft didn’t have to give us anything in the first place. This all goes back to the gamer entitlement that has taken over this generation. It seems to me that gamers feel they’re “owed” something, when really they should be thankful that gaming is still even a thing to do or has gotten as big as it has. You aren’t owed jack squat. You’re lucky you even have stuff to play. Now, to play the opposite side of the field and do devils advocate (if there hasn’t been a metal band called Devils Advocate yet, there really should be), I understand the frustration that comes from the fact that the majority of Games for Gold are older. I DO. As much as I don’t agree with it, I get where these gamers are coming from. Here you are, paying for a service (15 bucks monthly for XBL) and dropping money on new games constantly, and Microsofts best way to repay you is with a dopey arcade game for free, from years ago, that you wouldn’t have paid for anyway? I get it. It’s annoying. You do have every right to be upset about it. What you DON’T have every right to do is say that they OWE YOU MORE. People who say “the customer is always right” are wrong. The customer isn’t always right. A company will just find newer customers. People are kind of stupid that way. Hell, Bank of America is still around isn’t it? That ALONE proves my point.

I for one love the Games for Gold, but I love it because it works within my income bracket. It works for me. I get why someone would be upset if they’re able to afford all these games when they came out, or they just have no interest in the titles being given away in general. But stop pretending like you deserve better and be happy with what you have. Nobody can be happy with what they have anymore.

I love gaming.

I just am not that big a fan of the community it’s brought along with it in recent years.


  • Rebel Scum September 3, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    I like the idea of games with gold. A reward for subscription is nice, but the games released so far have been pretty poor. Most you can find in $5-10 dollar bargain bins. Hardly what I’d call generous.

    • Maggie Wiland September 3, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      I try to play the “equal opportunity defender” whenever I write, so I see where you’re coming from and you’re right in every aspect. The games have been relatively poor. But as I said, for someone like me-or even a 15 year old without a job or income who’s parents won’t buy him things-it’s kind of nice to get free stuff. Beggers can’t be choosers kind of a deal, you know?

      I agree I wish the games were better, but they’re free. I’m not gonna complain lol

  • MartinB105 September 4, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    I don’t want to be presumptuous, but I know so many people who consider themselves “poor” who are simultaneously throwing good money away on non-essential luxuries like cellphone contracts, brand name groceries, clothing and other products and weekends nights out, fastfood and takeaways instead of cooking, etc.

    I lived as a student for four years, dependant entirely on a student loan with no other source of income, paying my own rent, bills and everything else. I watched my fellow students struggle, going into overdrafts with their banks within weeks due to careless spending, whilst I somehow managed to survive relatively easily on what I had without much concern (and yes, I still very much enjoyed myself too).

    There’s also the option of finding somewhere cheaper to live (i.e. a smaller apartment) and/or a better paying job. We all have to live within our means, and in the situation you describe, I’d have much bigger priorities to take care of than the games I’m playing.

    • Maggie Wiland September 4, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      I shop at Grocery Outlet (when I can even afford groceries), live with a roommate and am trying to find more work and a cheaper apartment. I haven’t bought a game in maybe a year at this point, and I only have my gold membership because someone gave it to me as a christmas gift. My cell phone contract is 25 dollars a month, I don’t eat fast food and I rarely buy clothes.

      I agree with you that a lot of people who consider themselves poor do that. That is not me however.

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