So Secret of Mana is rolling out in the App Store across the planet, and I’m trying to read people’s impressions of it to find out whether or not I should buy it. Instead, what I am finding is a bunch of whiny posts about how expensive it is at $8.99 and how it’ll “never sell”. (It’s currently #26 in the Top Paid charts in Japan, and #5 Top Grossing. But nice try.)
I could go into a long rant about how Square-Enix has brand recognition, so people are more likely to pay a larger sum of money for a brand they can trust versus some one-off game some guy in his basement made, but there’s an even simpler point to be made here.
Let’s turn the clock back five years.
Five years ago, if you wanted to get a new game for your portable game system, you had to get off your fat ass and take a ride to the mall. And then you were expected to hand over thirty to forty dollars to the cashier, who would hand over this bag containing a box containing manuals and a tiny cartridge holding the game you wanted.
Now, you can stay on the couch, press a button, and a minute later you’re playing the game. Oh, and it only cost you $8.99.
So stop bitching and embrace progress. [But take a break every once in a while and go for a walk outside. Please. For your health.]