Does One Game Constitute a Console Purchase?!

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#1 Posted by Double0Ryzer (1 posts) -

"Nope. I am waiting until (Insert Game) to come out to pick up (Insert Console)."

This is the line that most gamer circles, tweets, blogs, and discussion boards everywhere on the face of the planet has in one way or the other. But is it pure procrastination or is it truly wanting to play the specific game first on the system that you have your eye out for? But what about the other games that are coming/already out soon/now? Will the game hold your attention that long that you are only set in your mind for this specific game and not worried about the other games coming out that make the system obsolete to you. We dive into this discussion...

It is true, by history alone, that a single game can be the difference maker, or the selling point, to gamers on the purchase of a system. Look to the earlier days of Nintendo. Super Mario World for the SNES, Mario 64 for the N64, Wii Sports for the Wii...single games that defined that system and were excellent selling points that got millions of people into gaming or to purchase the system. We can look to other systems as well...the 2K series for the Dreamcast, Sonic for the Sega Genesis, Halo for the Original Xbox, Halo 3 for the Xbox 360, heck, I bought the PlayStation 3 with the "rumor" that Kingdom Hearts 3 would be coming out for the system (guess what...bought PS4 still, for one of the reasons, for same game still). There are also games that have been proven the difference makers in the success of systems. Answer this, if it wasn't for the Legend of Zelda series and Pokémon, do you still think the GameBoy would have lasted this long?

But now exclusives are fading like the popularity of the Neo Geo and with new add-ons and applications with systems (online play, Twitch, Skype, ESPN) there are more reasons to purchase a system than based solely on games alone. But why do gamers buy systems? To escape the reality that we all live in to go to a far away place to become an NBA superstar, a Knight saving a realm, a sarcastic protagonist fighting a evil corporation, or just a Italian plumber saving a beautiful Princess from the clutches of a Dragon Overlord.

Now, with the next gen out, all I hear these days is "I am going to wait until the bugs are fixed", "I am waiting for Second Son for the PS4", "I am waiting for Destiny for the XB1", "I am waiting for Super Smash Bros U for the Wii U", and so forth. Why is that just the one game makes you want to purchase the system? Look to the other games that came out to gain the enjoyment that you are looking for as well. Just cause you (believe) the game you are waiting for will be awesome doesn't constitute you to shun all the other games. There could be more games that you could and possibly would enjoy that is being offered. Search. Explore. Try. You just didn't so happen to like whichever game just off luck or randomness. You heard about it, read about it, looked online for screenshots, learned about the characters an story.

Do I believe that a single game can make a system purchase worth the cash drop? Yes. Do I believe that it SHOULD, no, but it happens on a regular basis everywhere worldwide. That makes no sense like buying a really ugly sweater just because of its name brand or buying a car only because it has a stylish body. To invest money into something that is suppose to give you a level of satisfaction and entertainment for a long time, patience, research, and opinions should be a must in my opinion especially since you will be investing more money in the form of games, internet, DLC, accessories, and more.

So to the gamers or just casual gamers that look for a once a year game, take your time and invest into something that going to last you for a couple of years because that is what having a console is: an investment. Also, don't be a "one trick pony" and just play one game per ear. Explore the different genres and worlds that the developers create. You wouldn't eat pizza all day every day for a year and think that you would still enjoy it everyday. You would want to eat something else sooner or later. That's the same way to video gaming. By the way, can't wait for Destiny this Fall on the PS4.

#2 Posted by rigbybot127 (149 posts) -

If it's Uncharted 4.

#3 Edited by ZZoMBiE13 (22911 posts) -

I don't think people wait for that one killer app. I think that the killer app represents the tipping point. The moment when "maybe someday" becomes "gotta have it".

Before this year, I wasn't a person who bought a console at launch. I've always waited for some period of time to get enough of a catalog built to justify the purchase. And even with this launch that is just behind us, I just happened to be in the right place financially to justify the new consoles and I just wanted to hop in to the next gen right from the start for a change.

The X1 (post One-80) was easier to justify because Dead Rising is my favorite franchise of the last decade and Forza is my favorite racer. So it was easy to get to the place where the cost to fun ratio would make sense. If it weren't for the PS4 being my Christmas gift though, I likely would have waited on that one. It's not that one game could make me want it, I already wanted it knowing that the titles will come eventually. But it's that that one game (InFamous mostly) could represent the right moment to start digging in to the library that the hardware offers.

#4 Posted by RimacBugatti (1244 posts) -

Agreed and I honestly bought Xbone for Forza 5 as far as the launch and other than Dreamcast I have never purchased a console at launch and it was fun. I also knew about Ryse and Dead Rising 3 but bought it mainly for the one game so I would say yes. PS4 is my Christmas present to myself but I bought it for KZSF although when I preordered it was also because of Driveclub which was delayed but it's still worth getting at launch for KZSF. I think everybody for the most part was just ready for next gen. So multiple games or not we were just happy to have a new console in our hands.Originally I was just going for PS4 but Xbone kind of grew on me although performance wise it's disgusting.

#5 Posted by Jackc8 (8500 posts) -

I'm waiting to get a PS4 until the next Gran Turismo game comes out. That's not to say that's the ONLY game I'll play on it, it's based on the assumption that there will be several others that interest me and there will continue to be more games in the future that I'll want. I'd never but a console if there truly was only one game on it that I wanted to play.

#6 Posted by SoNin360 (5433 posts) -

I don't see the problem in holding off until one game comes out to purchase a system. It would be foolish to play a console for just one game, of course, but that usually isn't the case for people who are waiting for one game to come out. I'm holding off on a PS4 until at least Infamous: Second Son comes out. Will I play other games? Of course. But that's the main game I'm excited for at the moment. Yeah, I'll probably play a game or two that's already been released, but I feel no need to go out and buy a PS4 to play a couple of games my interest isn't too high in. I'm not neglecting the games that are already out because I still have plenty to play on the PS3 as it is. I would be neglecting those games if I were to run out and get a PS4. In all, I don't care what it is that makes people decide to buy a console, even if it's just one game they plan on playing on the system for a while. And some people don't game as much as others, so it's none of my concern if they only play one game a year.

#7 Posted by Archangel3371 (15472 posts) -

Yeah like others have already mentioned there's typically other games on a system that people wouldn't mind playing one day but they don't pick that system up until the first game comes out that they want to play day one. Surely most, if not all, will pick up other future games later on that they might have considered to be 'system sellers' as well.

#8 Edited by Netret0120 (2081 posts) -

Yeah i agree.

I am waiting until Uncharted 4 or Kingdom hearts 3 to come out to get my PS4 and then whatever game that interests me.

#9 Posted by marcheegsr (2571 posts) -

Well I plan on getting x1 mainly to buy forza 5 and forza 6 . I bought a 360 a while back just to play forza 4. No regrets there. SO I guess you can say Im buying x1 just for one game. But ill probably get a few others down the road.

#10 Posted by Nintendo_Ownes7 (30917 posts) -

To me no it doesn't.

I base my purchases on how many games I want. Look at the price of the games I want and look at the price of the console when I purchased it.

If the console costs $400 and the games are between $60 a piece I need about 7 games I'm interested in to get my moneys worth for the console.

#11 Edited by ghstbstr (8790 posts) -

I think that one game can "constitute" to buying a console at first, but of course it isn't like it is the only game that you will play on that console.

For instance the DR games are some of my favorite games on the Xbox consoles, and DR3 was one of the reasons why I got an Xbox One now instead of waited. I bought the first DR game when it was released at the same time I bought my Xbox360. I now have DR3, Ryse Son of Rome, BF4, CoD Ghosts for the Xbox One.

#12 Posted by Basinboy (11083 posts) -

Waiting is not a bad angle. Allowing a backlog to develop and prices to tumble is a wise strategy.

I also have been known to buy a system for one game...but I've never owned a system that I've only bought one game for.

#13 Posted by hrt_rulz01 (5955 posts) -

I don't think people wait for that one killer app. I think that the killer app represents the tipping point. The moment when "maybe someday" becomes "gotta have it".

Before this year, I wasn't a person who bought a console at launch. I've always waited for some period of time to get enough of a catalog built to justify the purchase. And even with this launch that is just behind us, I just happened to be in the right place financially to justify the new consoles and I just wanted to hop in to the next gen right from the start for a change.

The X1 (post One-80) was easier to justify because Dead Rising is my favorite franchise of the last decade and Forza is my favorite racer. So it was easy to get to the place where the cost to fun ratio would make sense. If it weren't for the PS4 being my Christmas gift though, I likely would have waited on that one. It's not that one game could make me want it, I already wanted it knowing that the titles will come eventually. But it's that that one game (InFamous mostly) could represent the right moment to start digging in to the library that the hardware offers.

Yeah I agree. I don't think you can justify buying a console for 1 game but maybe that game would, like you said, become the tipping point.

#14 Posted by RimacBugatti (1244 posts) -

Same here I bought 360 for Forza 4 only. And now since playing Forza 5 on Xbone It may be a while before I decide to play my Xbone again. I'm packing it up this week and my PS4 is taking over after Christmas. I just feel like the Xbone is missing so much under the hood. I sometimes feel like selling the Xbone or trying to return it. Ofcourse I doubt anybody really wants one that bad.