Commenter Samakar wonders if it wouldn't be easier to package multi-platform games in a single box for a little extra, rather than release multiple packages in today's episode of Speak-Up on Kotaku.
So, I've been in a quandary lately, mostly because of the way things have been going money wise with gaming and revisiting some old classics. Lots of games these days are coming out as multi-platform games, and some are even coming out on both the PC and Mac.
I'll pick up a game for PC, but then want to take it on the road on my Mac, and there is a Mac version, but it's not included in the PC version, so therefore the company wants me to buy two copies of their game. Shouldn't buying one copy of the game be enough!?
For instance, I bought Dragon Age: Origins, one of my favorite games of all time, and I play that on my desktop, but I also want to play it on the go, but their Mac version is apparently something that you have to pay for separately. Why do I need to pay for two copies of the same game to enjoy them on two different platforms? I know Steam, for instance, has games that are compatible for both Mac and PC and when you purchase them they work for both, which I think is fantastic!
Does anyone else think that these options should be made to previous purchasers? "Oh you bought the PC version before we released the Mac version? Do you have a Mac? Well here's the Mac version free of charge, you've already plunked down $50+ for the original version"
And what about console ports. Would you pay maybe an extra $10, or $20 for multiple versions of the same game on different platforms packaged in to the same box? I know for a fact that I wish Morrowind and Oblivion, which I had gotten for Xbox and Xbox 360 respectively, were also useable on my PC just because of the amazing mod community. I normally purchase those types of games on PC, but those two were gifts and I don't have much control over that.
What do you guys think?
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