Let’s be honest; video games are expensive. However, according to Days Gone director John Garvin, you should buy games you love at full price.
What’s Been Said?
Garvin made the remark during a recent interview with David Jaffe, where he went on a rant about the buying habits of gamers [via VGC]:
“I do have an opinion on something that your audience may find of interest, and it might p*ss some of them off. If you love a game, buy it at f*cking full price. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen gamers say ‘yeah, I got that on sale, I got it through PS Plus, whatever”
“Don’t complain if a game doesn’t get a sequel if it wasn’t supported at launch. It’s like, God of War got whatever number millions of sales at launch and, you know, Days Gone didn’t. Just speaking for me personally as a developer – I don’t work for Sony – I don’t know what the numbers are.”
The director followed up his hot take by delving into the impact of piracy while reflecting in previous projects harmed by illegal distribution:
“I can tell you that when we were doing [Syphon Filter] Dark Mirror [on PSP], we got so f*cked on Dark Mirror because piracy was a thing and Sony wasn’t really caught up on what piracy was doing to sales”
“And we would show them torrents, a torrent site had 200,000 copies of Dark Mirror being downloaded. If I remember it right – the numbers could be wrong – but regardless, I was p*ssed about it then, I was like, ‘this is money out of my pocket.”
“So I think the uptick in engagement with the game is not as important as, did you buy the game at full price? Because if you did, then that’s supporting the developers directly.”
Why Is This Problematic?
While piracy is definitely something that should be discouraged, Garvin’s comments regarding buying games at full price are somewhat problematic. Games are becoming more expensive with every generation that passes. Therefore, more gamers will have to rely on freebies and sales in order to experience what the industry has to offer.
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