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I continue to be astounded by the things that people say. It seems that whenever a videogame company announces a new product, or announces a price to go along with it, angry people come frothing forth hoping to get a slice of the “I’m a spoiled brat” pie.
This week, official news of Microsoft Kinect’s final price point appeared, and at $149.99 USD, absolutely no one was surprised. But pissed, yep, they were definitely pissed. The funny thing? The vast majority were, and are, pissed for stupid reasons, and it’s just getting pathetic.
Among all of the many arguments that try to convince us that Kinect is stupid, there’s one that has grown more prevalent since news of the official price point dropped. It goes a little something like this: “$150 is a complete ripoff, and I can’t believe that Microsoft is trying to screw gamers over with that. I’m glad I don’t give a crap about Kinect anyway.”
When the initial announcement of the PlayStation 3′s price was announced, I was disappointed. When I learned that the Xbox 360 would not have built-in wireless and require a $99 addition, I was upset. Yes, I’ve been disappointed in and angry at game and console developers before.
The difference? I was upset because these were products that I genuinely wanted, and I felt that their prices were too high for me to indulge myself. I wanted a product and could not have it. No one can be blamed for feeling this way, so long as they don’t fly off the handle like so many gamers are prone to doing. But that’s a different topic altogether.
No, this is a matter of gamers who get angry because they think something is expensive when they have no intention of buying it anyway. I simply can’t wrap my head around this state of mind, as it’s a completely foreign concept in nearly every other industry out there.
I want to believe that this is simply a page from the fanboy’s playbook, but it seems like an incredibly cheap tactic, even for the lowliest members of the gaming community. Trying to reduce the worth of a product by saying it is too expensive because you don’t want it? Fanboys usually at least make an attempt at more sound logic than this.
What I really think is happening is a sort of circular reasoning, where they justify not wanting the product because it is too expensive when, in reality, they didn’t want it anyway. They create in their minds this idea that price is the real barrier to entry because they don’t want to admit that they’re unwilling to give a product a chance. I mean, how the hell can you honestly say that Kinect isn’t worth $150 when you, in all likelihood, haven’t used or even seen it in action yet?
What is impossible to justify is your anger. You know what rational people do when they feel a product is not worth their money? They push it out of their minds, and they don’t buy it. That’s the end of the story, and our days go on like they usually do. Gamers are the only people who take it that one step further, taking to the internet to show how very disappointed they are in the evil companies that try to sell us things we don’t want.
If you’re one of these people, tell me why. I’m serious. I want to know what makes you feel so angry about the price of this product that you don’t care about anyway.