In all simplicity we can say that if you purchase a product you like, you’re supporting it. At core this works, and should drive the provider to create more similar products. However, what happens when the provider pours these newly gained resources into something you don’t want to support?
How many of you bought Asura’s Wrath? Was the game worth the sixty dollars you paid for?
Asura’s Wrath is one of the examples how a company takes resources from highly sold product and then pouring them into a project that nobody really wants, and then expects it to sell… only to see second to nil sales and claiming that they won’t be making any more of this game, or the one you previously supported. When I purchase a Mega Man game, I’m expecting them to realize that yes, Mega Man still has its audience and we want more. I am not purchasing a Mega Man game because I want a QTE film called Asura’s Wrath. Note that I am not saying that money CAPCOM got from Mega Man sales went into Asura’s Wrath, I was jut using the two games as an example.
How would you tell the company not to waste their time and money on stuff that doesn’t sell? It’s actually a two dilemma here. At first the solution seems clear; simply purchase that one product and don’t touch the rest. Surely the company will notice this and change their ways. It’s not a hard dilemma, but what if the company begins to change their current selling products into something that the customers do not simply want to buy? Do you purchase the game to support the franchise, or will you refuse to purchase this product?
Both of these are actually the same dilemma, so I lied a bit there. You simply don’t buy their products because they are not something the customer wants.
However, what if a company is doing something completely stupid all the time, like having on-disc DLC, mandatory Internet connection at all times, demanding login information for their own servers, having complete control over your game data at all times and so on. Doesn’t sounds very attractive. Will you continue to purchase the games these companies produce, or will you basically cut their products from your list?
An argument has been thrown out that it’s not the products fault that the creators aren’t good service providers; you should enjoy the product regardless the company. This isn’t hypocrisy as such, but it is stupidity all the way. We’re not talking about hating the child because of his parents, we’re talking about the ways the company may or may not be screwing with its customers. In this case the only proper way to tell the company that this is not the way we want our product to be treated is to vote with our wallets.
Even if they’re selling a product that you’d want to purchase. They’d still get your money. Either way, 99% of the time you are able to find cheaper alternative that does the exact same thing, perhaps even better. This doesn’t really apply to games, but then again, buy them used.
But don’t buy them from Gamestop.