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​Why I will gladly pay ten dollars for Pokemon Red


Because it’s fun. Thus concludes my argument. There's more words below, but they basically equate to this statement.

The price of games is such a peculiarity. The argument of what a game should cost versus what it is actually priced at is frequent, and most prevalent when the price point is $15 or less. This is because a game that is not the full retail accepted price of $50-$60 assumedly has a defect. The graphics are retro, the game is too short, or in this case the game is too old. The depth of the arbitration used to decry the purchase of a relatively cheap game, is simply astounding.

A typical piece of lopsided logic is the comparison of a game to another product. We’ve all heard these, right? I don’t want timed DLC because when I buy a steak, I want to be able to eat it in one bite if I so choose. I can’t accept even a second of downtime because when I buy a car, I expect the engine will always turn on when I turn the key. Old movies and TV shows are free on YouTube or available for streaming on Netflix so old games should be a dollar or free. This specious reasoning is so absurd, yet trotted out as though it were pure debate gold. Yeah, when I buy a lamp I expect it turn on instantly, so I no longer accept load times in any game.

I could go play my copy right now, yet I'm still going to buy the digital copy because I support fun

I could go play my copy right now, yet I'm still going to buy the digital copy because I support fun

Every product has its own set of standards, much in the same that every hobby has its own price points. I don’t expect the cost of an afternoon of paintball to equate to the cost of an afternoon of gaming, and neither should you. Trying to draw the line between the two is about as silly as comparing the standards of a $15,000 car to a $60 video game.

With regards to Pokemon and ageism in video games, the title is about 20 years old. So that means it should be free by common argument. Or at least a few bucks cheaper, by way of an even more obtuse line of reasoning. The thing about fun is that it doesn’t have an inherent expiration date. When I play Zelda I for the millionth time, I still enjoy it. Fun is worth paying for even for those ruddy ol’ things that aren’t brand new and shiny, which is why I bought Zelda I for the nth time on my 3DS, and bought Rare Replay on the Xbone. But ROMs are free, right? So are PS4s if you try hard enough.

I wouldn’t deign to disparage someone’s justification for not buying this game if they think Pokemon is garbage or think the first games were inferior (in these parts we call those people wrong). But to hold back a purchase for what is about the cost of a lunch at Taco Bell because it is $10 and not x dollars less is absurd. Regardless of age, graphical style, or any other arbitrary definitions one tries to apply to a game, fun is fun and fun inside of a product costs money.

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About Dr Light ate your Magiciteone of us since 8:24 PM on 05.12.2009

I mostly enjoy retro games, but not entirely for the challenge. I like games to be a mix of a book and a movie in that they are visually stimulating but still allow the player to fill in the voices and other elements with their imagination. I'm weird and awkward, which really makes me stand out among gamers.

Outside of video games, my other great passion is music. I'd consider myself a metalhead because it is what I gravitate towards most. My collection also boasts healthy helpings of shoegaze, dream pop, darkwave, visual kei, neofolk, neoclassical, classic rock, prog rock, classical, and of course, video game soundtracks, along with smatterings of whatever else has caught my attention.

My favorite games include:

Bit.Trip series
Blazing Lazers
Bucky O'Hare
Castlevania II, IV, Symphony of the Night, Order of Ecclesia
Cave Story
Chrono Trigger/Cross
Cthulhu Saves the World
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
Final Fantasy IV, VI, VII. Theatrhythm
Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon
Gargoyle's Quest
Illusion of Gaia
Kirby's Adventure
Link's Awakening
Lords of Thunder
Lost Odyssey
Megaman II, III, V, X
Mother 3
Resident Evil 1, 2, 3
Rocket Knight Adventures
Seiken Densetsu series: from Final Fantasy Adventure to Legend of Mana
Shadow of the Colossus
Silent Hill 1, 2, Shattered Memories
Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2
Tales of Symphonia
Threads of Fate
To the Moon
Tower of Heaven
World of Goo
Xenoblade Chronicles

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