A comment on Reddit has changed my perspective on the value of video games and made me re-assess my views on how much a game is worth, especially while reviewing them.
The comment theorised that if a game cost £40 and you played 40 hours or more, then you’ve had your money’s worth. Pretty interesting theory, right? Let’s put that theory to the test.
My most played game on Steam to this date is The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, boasting over 137 hours in game. I pre-ordered Skyrim a couple of months before it was released and I paid full whack for it, somewhere around £40, as average. With the £1 per hour of gameplay worth theory, I’ve played more than three times the value of this game! Therefore, this game, for me, was definitely worth it as I’m sure most of you who have played it would agree.
This theory is true when you think about it. For instance, if you’re not enjoying a game then you won’t play it for long, probably for less than an hour. If you paid £40 for a game you didn’t enjoy, especially if bought digitally, you’d have wasted your money. If like me you paid £40 for a game and played well over 40 hours, then that means that not only did you enjoy it but you got your money’s worth.
The real question about this theory is this: Can this theory be used in more than just games? And the answer is yes! Well, maybe? Well, it all depends on how you are using this theory.
If you buy an iPhone at the recommended retail price of £600+ but you only use your phone for calls and texts, and couldn’t care less about the millions of apps that you can download, or internet browsing and social media. In this case you’d possibly be getting your money’s worth because it does what you wanted it to do, but at the same time you’ll probably want to see a counsellor about your money spending habits as a sub-£100 Android phone would get you by just fine, or even one of those number pad phones that for some reason are still available to buy in your local phone store.
Okay, that was a pretty poor example. Let’s try something better.
Say for instance you bought an older banger car and you changed the theory to money per hour of value to 50 pence for mile (or 10 miles, or 100, and so on) then you’d be able to judge that the car was worth its value before you start to call it names on its first breakdown.
Yep, these are getting worse. The point is that with slight tweaking to this theory, you can evaluate if the money spent was well invested or not.
Here comes another one.
My computer, that one in which I’m typing this on right now, has cost me around £1,800 or more to build just over six months ago. Using the £1 per hour of use theory I have definitely got my money’s worth, although some of my friends would like to disagree as it made me essentially broke. Hurrah for payment plans…
But I digress. The next time you’re about to say to a friend “Yeah, I played it but it wasn’t very good.” stop to think about this theory, and you’ll be surprised at how much you really did enjoy the game.