I’m Not Casual, I’m Just Poor
Yes 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.