Yesterday, I celebrated Black Friday with the purchase of a PS3. :}
I’ve been wanting a PS3 for a while, but could never justify the cost - after all, I’m primarily a PC gamer and having an uber-powered media center for $299 that comes with a fireworks game was really not motivating me. But for $200 with Last of Us, yeah, I could do that.
I’m pleasantly surprised! The setup was painless, only one tiny bug with choosing an avatar. The UI feels modern and responsive. I originally intended the PS3 to be used mostly for streaming media - the kids’ shows, our rare movie or show we’ll watch. Until I stepped into the PS Store!
I view(ed) consoles as very consumeristic: I get the latest game, play for a while, move on to the next game. $60 x 6 games a year. Where with my PC, I bought Guild Wars 2 for $60 and have spent about $30 in the cash shop for the past year. Any other games are ones that I hop back to, relevant still five years later: TF2, L4D2, CounterStrike. It feels like console gamers are more open to “buy this razor package and get a free item in assassin’s creed”, or “here’s your game, $10 for some character costumes”.
Yet I downloaded five free games on the PS Store today! DoA, Tekken, some kids game, a pinball game, and marvel lego. They look like solid games and I’m sure my children will enjoy the kid game + marvel. I didn’t think the store would have more than demos available. Eager to mess around in these games soon.
Of course, a second controller is still over $50. And of course, they’re really about $20 with shipping. The whole package and culture of consoles still feels consumey, but I have a more optimistic and welcoming view of it. In reality, it’s probably very close to the PC in those regards; they even have free MMOs and an indie section.
Anyhoo! Best deal ever, bye. Add me: VaelVictus
update: god damn you gotta download the game, install, and then update the install >:(
update 2: d’aww boo the kids game was a Vita and the marvel lego is a demo