The Gaming Industry vs. Value

This is the start of a series of blogs where I will write about things in the industry, and games in general, that can be a lot better.

Now, I will break down several games that are worth your money, and more importantly, several games that are not.


The Orange Box

Price at Launch: $60

Value at Launch: about $100

It has been said time and time again, but I'll say it again. This is one of the best deals in video game history. In this package you get five excellent games for the price of one. If you have any interest in shooters at all, than this package is for you.





Rogue Warrior 

Price at Launch: $60

Value at Launch: about $3

This game in an absolute disaster. It will take you about 1 hour and 30 minutes to beat and it is completely broken. If was judging this games value on the quality its content, and not just the quantity, than it would be worth $0



GTA IV Complete Edition

Price at Launch: $40

Value at Launch: about $70

GTA IV alone would be worth the $40 price tag, but this package also included The Ballad of Gay Tony and The Lost and the Damned. This was certainly a treat for people who hadn't bought the game and a little bit of buyers remorse for people like me who had already spent $80 on all this content right before the package was announced.




Price at Launch: $60

Value at Launch: about $15


Brink is basically a mutiplayer only shooter with 8 maps. The single player is just multiplayer with retarded bots and the game itself is extremely repetitive.




Fallout 3 GOTY Edition

Price at launch $50

Value at Launch: about $80

This is, in my opinion, the best RPG ever made. The game alone can offer over 100 hours of game time, and the DLC will add at least 25 to that. This deal is up there with the Orange Box as one of the best deals in gaming history.




Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer the Game


Price at Launch: $20

Value at Launch: $0

I know what you are thinking. "It's a licensed game of course it's bad," but it gets worse. This game is a single player only game where the campaign takes a whopping 10 minutes to beat, but look on the bright side, after your ten minutes is up you can use the disk as a frisbee.




All in all, there are enough great deals out there to fill up all of our shelves and/or hard drives with great games. However, there are also a ridiculous amount of cash ins and featureless piles of shit that are filling up store shelves and weakening the industry as a whole. The only advice I can give is to vote with your wallet. Don't buy a game unless you have read reviews, and if you are sick of annual series that don't change from year to year, than don't buy them.



Any praise, constructive criticism, or pure unbridled hatred you want to direct at me? Just put it in the comments section below.

explicit_baron's picture

really great post, one thing though you spelled summary wrong.

John Tarr's picture

I like the concept. I think an introduction paragraph explaining the purpose of this new series (or just this article) would have helped the overall flow of your writing. Also, great job with the pictures & headings; they made the article extremely easy to scan.

EDIT: I missed the teaser part of the blog, so I guess try to remember that the Teaser is not printed with the full article.

brodyitis's picture


I'll fix that, thanks.

@John Tarr

Thanks for the feedback. I'll remember that for next time.

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