Double Standards

March 25, 2014
Double Standards

About this comic

A twitter follower inspired this comic. He has a good point. I’ve been pretty vocal about not wanting to pay $60 for a multiplayer-only game. But on the other hand, I sure was quick to shell out cash for more cards in the otherwise free to play, Hearthstone. What does that make me? Dunno. But I feel ok about the cards, and still don’t want Titanfall just yet.

22 Responses to Double Standards

  1. Espi says:

    I’m kind of in the same boat. I don’t want to pay $60 for a multiplayer only game in titan fall. I also am in the same boat that bought the $50 pack(or whatever it was) worth of cards. I think the difference for me is I wasn’t required to pay $60 to hearthstone to play.

    The fact that i’m not as into shooters as some other games probably also has a lot to do with my feelings of not wanting to buy Titanfall. I’m sure its a great game. Its just not my type of game per say.

  2. Bob says:

    Seems like this discussion has been had before with Unreal Tournament and Quake 3. Is it just that the normal price for games is $60 instead of whatever it was back when those games came out? I’m just not sure why paying full is such a bigger problem now than it was back then.

  3. Vake Xeacons says:

    Totally. Despite the fact that games are cheaper now than they’ve ever been thanks to inflation (“$30 for a NES game? Outrageous!”) Yet I was more comfortable spending $70 on a variety of crappy apps than on one big 5-star game. Why? The flesh is so weak…

  4. Bardsolo says:

    One other point is being missed as well. The subscription to play Titanfall online in a multiplayer invironment. So there is that ongoing cost to support the game as well.

    • GrowlingDog says:

      True that you need xbox live to play, but that isn’t exclusive to Titanfall, it also allows you to play any other multiplayer game that doesn’t require it’s own subscription. I think Elder Scrolls Online has an additional charge but I’m not sure. Not to mention that xbox live, like ps plus will give you basically free games too. Requiring an inexpensive online service subscription is just par for the course now days.

  5. DrDking says:

    I’m not sure why people are against paying so much for multiplayer only games. Isn’t this what most of us do all the time for MMOs?

  6. Ajedi32 says:

    Many of my favorite game of all time are heavily multiplayer oriented. Dota, Age of Empires, etc; everything’s more fun when you’re playing with other people!

  7. Brian says:

    The last few COD games that I bought was to play them online, even though they did have a single player option. I feel that this is the way games are going. It doesn’t bother me. As all things in the free market, don’t buy it if you don’t like it.

  8. Fallen says:

    Is there a subscription to play Titanfall? I must have missed that then. Or does it cost on the console?

    I am the other way around, at least for FPS games, the FPS games I spend any time and money in are PS2, Titanfall and of course Natural Selection 2, although Titanfall was by far the most expensive thing around. Would not spend many cents on some online(?) card game(?) like Hearthstone. Good thing we’re not all alike.

  9. Darrell says:

    Isn’t WoW multiplayer only? Or maybe I missed a big something.

    • Frankie D. says:

      I think some loot is multiplayer only, but most of the game can be done as a single person.

      • spazdoski says:

        yea but you can only play WOW online is the point. I am disappointed that a lot of games have gone the online only way. I mean come on, if the servers crash I have to do something like get up and go outside!

  10. Foxlore says:

    I’ve only played WoW as a solo (single) player. The amount of times I have grouped with people I could probably count on both hands. The amount of times I’ve fought against other players (PVP), I wouldn’t need hands to count.

    Sadly no such option for Titanfall.

    • Mattman says:

      Actually WoW is a MMORPG, Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, even when you play “SOLO” you are still on the server with hosts of other people, whether you interact with them or not. All of the good for sale in the Bazaar is from other players, something you would not have in a single player game. You have to compete with all the other players for each monster you kill, however, the world is large and each zone is set for a given level range. There is no true single player mode for WoW, Everquest, Everquest 2, or other MMORPG’s.

      • GrowlingDog says:

        Mattman, you beat me to making this point. Someone could choose to mute all of their teammates in Titanfall and pretend they were playing single player and that would be the solo MMO experience. I have Titanfall and it’s fun but I haven’t played it much, mainly because I’m adjusting to my new being a dad schedule.

  11. Eric says:

    I remember when Warhawk came out on the PS3. It was a similar situation in that they dropped the single player altogether. There were two key differences with Warhawk though. It was only $40 and PSN was completely free at the time.

    On a related note, I actually cancelled my preorder for Titanfall (pc) last minute because I realized I actually didn’t play Warhawk very much because it was multiplayer only… so I figure I’d end up doing the same with Titanfall, and why waste my money.

  12. Rezlow says:

    It depends on what you want out of the game. I’ve bought almost every Battlefield game and only ever played through the BC 1 story (because I got a kick out of the banter). I buy those and the DLC knowing all pour crazy stupid hours into multiplayer only. I bought TF without even wondering if it had single player and I’ve played almost nothing since (and half way to Gen 3). The 6 vs 6 in most games feels like you’re playing single player with heroes on the other team. When you take down a titan or a pilot, it really feels like you’ve done something. And I found the odd story delivery method in Campaign mode just right. Not heavy-handed, but compelling enough to keep me going. It might not be for every one, but I recommend it to everyone who asks. If this thing goes on sale, don’t even ask yourself, you have to try it. (Especially if you’re an old Robotech fan like me!)

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  15. Mattman says:

    I remember when Everquest first came out and the talk then was why would you pay a monthly fee to play a game? Ultima Online was an online role playing game with tons of other players and no monthly fee, why would you pay to play! But after playing it for a while, (once the launch bugs were taken care of), the multiple story lines, the large number of zones and places to find, figure out how to deal with etc, it became just part of my monthly expenses, less than I would pay for 2 movies in a month etc..

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