When your young finding time to game is easy. Other than school and occasionally parental hindrances you can play games frivolously until the early hours. Once maturity hits all you do is compromise. Participation becomes scheduled around work, family, money (or lack thereof) even fatigue. And well, if I’m honest it’s not even something you can plan anymore. Of course once you’ve breached adulthood, or at least somewhere around your mid to late 20’s you should be prioritising your life, not getting drunk alone on a Saturday evening playing COD till 3am, smeared in dried curry sauce in your mother’s basement. And you can’t shuffle off upstairs leaving your wife or husband with your two kids for the evening, well unless you intend to alienate your children and divorce you’re wife. So when you’re permitted the time it’s important that you’re selective with the games you purchase. You can’t afford to deplete surplus funds on adverse titles. So the exultation of playing a game becomes diligent research, influenced by quality and money at your disposal.
You can’t just buy anything, hoping that it will compliment you’re temporary gaming proclivities. It has to be good value entertainment. The advent of digital content allows for more convenient, yet problematic purchases from online retailers such as PSN or Xbox Live. If you regretted the purchase of a physical copy you can return it at any number of second hand stores, trade it in for an alternative title or recoup a small sum of money. With online editions there’s no trade policy, you can’t contact distributer’s and commerce another game of equivalent value. Which is a shame as this is a method with distinct possibility. If you’re anything like me then you HDD is clustered with a numerous collection of neglected content that hasn’t been used in sometime. Imagine being capable of transferring those unwanted games to someone else, with a set rate for the pleasure of the transaction. Of course this is all dependent on the quality of the game as no one is going to be willing to trade Dark Souls 2 for Hannah Montana: The Game and consider that a fair deal!
I’m well aware that there are inherent flaws with this proposal, many of which I’m not technological minded enough to comprehend, as well as the industries obvious aversion to the second hand market, but this is a function that could provide gamers such as myself with a means of cleansing our bloated HDD. I could certainly use that right about now.
What do you guys think. Would you like to able to trade downloaded games? Let me know what you think in the comments below. Cheers.