I'm going to go right ahead and confess that i do not buy many games, i play a lot of games, but i don't really pay for them.
This started when i was a kid, on the first Playstation.
A friend of mine had an chipped Playstaion, i used to go over to his house to play video games, basically everyday.
Before that i had a Super Nintendo since i was like 5, but only played a handful of titles on it, and a Mega Drive 2 (Genesis in the Us) which i loved and had like 10 games for it.
So, yeah, i loved going to his house to play some Playstation.
And so, i asked my mom to get me one for my birthday, we weren't rich, but she said yes, and i got one for my birthday, and it came with an awesome demo, and then i got a couple of games, and fun times.
But then i started going to my friends house again, and i would see all these great games he had, and then i would go home to my couple of games, and...
I wasn't satisfied with just these games i had, because, well, i had played them a lot, and i wanted sometihng new, but games were and still are expensive.
So ultimately, i asked my mom if i could chip it like my friend did, so i could play all these games and she wouldn't have to waste so much money on it, and nobody cared about piracy back then, a lot of ppl still don't give a shit actually.
And from then on, i always had my consoles chipped, cos i just didn't have the money to keep buying games, and i basically didn't even care if it was wrong or not, i was young.
But now i'm 22, and i think this is has nothing to do with age, but from one point, i started looking at things differently.
For expample, I look at great games on XBLA and, i kinda feel obligated to support these games, cos i feel like, these are the guys who'll be making games in the future, or these are the kind kind of games i want to see more of, or this is the way i want this industry to go in.
Having played so many games all these years, good and bad, and not having payed for most of them, now makes me want the support the ppl that really deserve my money.
To tell you the truth, if i was unemployed, i still wouldn't pay for games, but i have some spare money now, and i want to give some of it back to the ppl that make this industry great.
For example, I played Alan Wake, didn't pay for it, and now they released American Nightmare, and i didn't even care if American Nightmare was worth my money or not, i payed those 15 Euros because i lked Alan Wake and i want to support them in some way, because i want them to continue making great games, Remedy is a small studio with great talent, and they really deserve support.
I bought numerous games on XBLA, Trials HD, S'Plosion Man, Renegade Ops, Bastion etc., all games i liked, and all games and i want to see more of.
I bought Beyond Good and Evil on XBLA, even though i had actually bought that game on the PS2, just because i want to see a sequel to that game.
I bought Gotham City Impostors, because i really liked it, and i want to see more games like that being released digitally, instead of getting stupid ass single player components, just to justify the retail price tag, a la Unreal Tournament 3...
And that goes both ways, not every game needs a stupid multiplayer component, that's just wasted time and money, that the developer could have used to make the main game better.
I have gone and bought games that i had already played and enjoyed, just to support the developers.
Lost Odyssey, Bayonetta, and Darksiders, for example.
I'm going to buy the Witcher 2, on the 360, cos, not only is that a great game, but the guys behind that game seem like a cool bunch of dudes, and totally understand gamers, and threat us with respect, something you don't see much anymore.
I will be supporting I Am Alive, because of all the things they are trying to do with that game.
And most importantly, i have always bought, and will buy the new SSX game when it comes out over here on March 2nd, cos we really need more video games that are just fun times, like all video games used to be, so many games are so serious nowadays, that a game like SSX just feels a like breath of fresh Freaking Cold Big Air!!!
Anyway, sorry for the long post, this is not really a confession, you guys can judge me all you want.
But, i want to know if any of you has a similar story,
And do you guys feel the need to support indie, innovative games?