Limbo and the length argument

#1 Edited by Bouke (1402 posts) -

Ok first things first; i haven't finished the game yet.  
 
A lot of people agree that Limbo is an amazing game; with great visuals and a story told without the use of dialogue or text bubbles. But now that more and more people have played the game, there is another, less positive thing people find about this game. Namely the length. Some people say its only 3-4 hours long! Crazy!  
Ok so Limbo costs 15 dollars (like the 4 other summer of arcade games) and you probably spent more time playing the other games, but does that make a game too expensive? I'm pretty sure most people who have played Limbo, will remember it five years from now. Can we say the same about  Hydro Thunder Hurricane or Monday Night Combat? Boiling it down to dollars vs hours just feels wrong to me. If it was a 60 dollar game that would take you 12-16 hours to finish, would people still call it too expensive? I totally get the "voting with your wallet" principal and i'm sure developers would love to charge gamers more money for less game. But i don't think thats the case here.  
 
I just don't get the; "its too expensive" argument, so if you think Limbo is too expansive, please explain to me why!?
#2 Posted by OwnlyUzinWonHan (1485 posts) -

STOP SAYING EXPANSIVE. Please say expensive, it's driving me insane. 
As for the price argument, I still think $15 is a lot of money to spend on an arcade game, hell, I spent $13 to get Bayonetta. As I've said everywhere else about Limbo, I'll buy it once the price drops.

#3 Edited by ZanzibarBreeze (3086 posts) -

I don't see how price makes a game expansive. It is what it is. Games don't expand once they go gold. It's not like Limbo would increase -- expand -- exponentially in length if it was $150 instead of $15.

#4 Posted by Spoonman671 (4774 posts) -

Hey, we needed another one of these threads!

#5 Posted by hedfone (1731 posts) -
@Spoonman671 said:
" Hey, we needed another one of these threads! "
#6 Posted by Egg0 (168 posts) -

I thought it was worth it. Took me 4-5 hours to finish. Encapsulated in a 3 day period.
 
I've payed almost as much to watch a crappy 1 hour and 30 minute movie.
#7 Posted by Bouke (1402 posts) -
@ZanzibarBreeze: 
I'm not talking about expanding Limbo! I'm just saying if it was a 60 dollar game with the length of 12-16 hours; would people still think its expensive? 
 
 @Spoonman671:
I looked through the threads and couldn't find a similair one...
#8 Posted by Meowayne (6084 posts) -

If you are unwilling to spend $15 on what might become the best 4 hours of your gaming month, then you're an idiot, plain and simple.
 
/thread

#9 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11406 posts) -
@OwnlyUzinWonHan said:
" STOP SAYING EXPANSIVE. Please say expensive, it's driving me insane.  As for the price argument, I still think $15 is a lot of money to spend on an arcade game, hell, I spent $13 to get Bayonetta. As I've said everywhere else about Limbo, I'll buy it once the price drops. "  
It's true. Some typos don't really affect it, but in this case it changes the entire meaning of the sentence.  
 
And I'm not paying $15 for Limbo. If it was $5, or maybe even $10, but there's just something about that over-$10 price that's stopping me. 
#10 Posted by iizcallum (606 posts) -

For me it was well worth 1200 points. I've played it more than any other game this week, I think. (excluding Dragon Quest IX)

#11 Posted by Meowayne (6084 posts) -
@MooseyMcMan said:
" And I'm not paying $15 for Limbo. If it was $5, or maybe even $10, but there's just something about that over-$10 price that's stopping me.  "
Would you say that there are experiences in life which happen over a period of 3-5 hours that are worth paying $15 for?
#12 Posted by ajamafalous (12161 posts) -
@Bouke said:
" Boiling it down to dollars vs hours just feels wrong to me. "
Bold for emphasis.
#13 Edited by xaLieNxGrEyx (2605 posts) -
@ZanzibarBreeze:
You're an asshole, but I totally enjoy it.
#14 Edited by Bionicicide (1213 posts) -

Eh... the visuals rivaled top tier flash games and never struck me as a game a person will replay multiple times unless one's an achievement hunter. Tough sell when I've been looking on eBay at discount retail games of which I can resell myself so instead of plugging my ears at all Limbo talk in podcasts until there was a fair price in a promotion, I just decided to watch online videos of a playthrough completed in exactly an hour. To be fair, I am one cheap mother... digital distribution might end gaming for me.

#15 Posted by Bouke (1402 posts) -

I edited my OP because some people couldn't get over the fact that english isn't my first language and i mixed up expansive with expensive; there you go! If you didn't know what i meant you're kind of sad... if you did, but you decided to be a jerk about it; i'll try not to mix them up in the future. 
I just got really irritated by people talking about the price being to high for such a good game (in my opinion) and i wondered why. So far i don't see any good reasons other then "the game isn't worth it.."
#16 Posted by dunderri (161 posts) -

My opinion is that since there is no real value in it after you've finished, that it seems like a waste of your money. It took me around 2 and a half hours to finish, including the achievements (not the less than 5 deaths). Am I going to play it again? Probably not. I like puzzles and stuff, but I don't want to sit here and say, "Wow, that chapter was awesome. Let me play it again!" It's not going to happen. For me, it felt like is was missing something. Maybe since the story becomes more dilluted once you pass the forest section. I wish I could pinpoint what it was missing, but I can't. I just have that feeling. Now do I think it was worth $15? Possibly, only because it's an arcade game. I just wish I had spent the $15 elsewhere.

#17 Posted by Illmatic (1358 posts) -

I'm not gonna get into too expensive or how amazing or not amazing the story and gameplay was. I'll just say that after finishing it I deeply regretted spending my money on it. I enjoyed it, but not as much as the majority seems to have.

#18 Posted by OneManX (1693 posts) -

I've read books that were more expensive and enjoyed the hell out of them and they took me around 4 hours to finish, I just split it up over a while.  
 
I think arguing X amount of money for X amount of hours is just a bad way to cheat yourself out of a great game experience.

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