Ever since I became a college graduate, and thus, a full-time worker, I’ve thought very little about the price of games. I’m no longer a starving student, living on peanut butter sandwiches. I’m now a career man…still kind of living on peanut butter sandwiches. I have a decent paying job, and I can afford to drop $60 on a new game if I have the desire to perform such an action. And if that game only lasts me six hours before I’ve completed it, you know what I’ll say? Good. Because I have nothing against a game that doesn’t overstay its welcome. In fact, I cherish it.
I see an obsession with game length all the time on Internet message boards, in other site’s reviews, and even amongst some of my friends who are still students. I’m referring to the folks who analyze dollars spent against their hours of enjoyment. Well, let me tell you people something: you’re going about it all wrong. We shouldn’t be judging the value of a game based on how many hours it can provide us. We should gauge its value based on how much enjoyment it’s going to give us. Sure, the latest RPG can keep you busy for the next 40 hours of your life, but if it’s a ho-hum experience, wouldn’t you rather play a game that’s eight hours and is an absolute blast? And wouldn’t you rather spend $60 and have fun for a few hours, instead of spending $60 and you know, have some mildly entertaining but forgettable good times?
Sure, you might say, “But Ryan, I want to have a blast and play for 40 hours!” Well, we can’t have our cake and eat it, too. So shut it. Games like that come around once every billion years, maybe.
The fact is, there’s nothing wrong with these “shorties.” Several of the games I’ve beaten recently have been on a short side, including Killzone 2, Uncharted and God of War: Chains of Olympus. Were they all awesome? Yes. Would I have paid full price for all of them? Yes! Would I have changed anything about their length? Heck no.
So in the spirit of this entry’s topic, I’m going to keep it short. If you don’t agree with me, and you absolutely hate it when you finish a game the same weekend you bought it, please tell me how you feel!