Howdy-do, Lusi-sprites. Such a lovely day here on Potato Island. The sun is shining, there is a refreshing breeze blowing in from the harbor, birds are singing in my garden –and I am stuck inside, slaving away at a keyboard for our malevolent tyrant Lusipurr. Sigh.
Before I hurried home to slave away for you people, I was at work, slaving away for “The Man” (as opposed to Lusi, who is “a man”). As I am rather lazy, I found myself eavesdropping on my coworkers, rather than actually doing my own work. If the title of this post has not given it away already, I heard him liken one of the iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) to a Nintendo DS. He actually said, I swear to the Great Potato, that they are like a Nintendo DS, except the games are so much cheaper. For the cost of one DS game, the customer could instead purchase 50 iOS games. Wow! My memory is a little fuzzy, but I am pretty sure there was some head-to-desk contact on my part when I overheard that.
No, this post is not about the value of cheap casual games, versus “real” games, like The Sims. That point is too obvious, and you have all figured out by now that comparing DS games to Apps is like comparing apples and oranges. I mean Apple computers and oranges, that is the level of difference we are talking about here. No no, instead I am wondering which is actually a better value for money. What do I obtain more enjoyment and hours of entertainment from, a single decent console game, or a few dozen cheap casual games?
For me the answer is, perhaps unsurpriisngly, a single decent console game. I will admit that if you compare the hours of enjoyment per dollar spent, the casual games actually would take the prize. I have sunk more hours of my life than dollars into games like Peggle and Bookworm, whereas I have many console games that might have cost $50 but I finished in 20 hours and have not cared to replay. However, the quality of my entertainment hours does need to be considered. Usually when I am playing some casual nonsense, I am also doing something else, whether it be listening to a podcast, chatting with friends, or commuting to and from work. When I play a decent console game, however, I am usually fully devoted to that game, it captures my entire attention and offers all of the amusement I could want at the moment. Admittedly, it was a close internal debate, because I really do enjoy some casual games as much as some console games, but those tend to be the exception that prove the rule for me.
My coworkers are idiots.