Publishers’ War on Used Games and Why You Should Buy a PC Already
Become a PC Gamer Instead
Why not get stronger, longer-lasting hardware that has all the benefits of consoles and none of the drawbacks? The prevalence of online portals for game purchases has made affordable PC games widespread throughout the Internet. Steam sales routinely see massive discounts on huge numbers of games, including relatively new ones. If publishers are going to limit your ability to buy or rent games, or share them with friends even on a short-term basis, then you might as well be playing on superior hardware and be paying less per game for the privilege.
There’s also the fact that PC hardware is no longer nearly as prohibitively expensive as it once was. A common myth is that building a gaming rig worth having costs an insane amount of money and is best left to the extreme nerds and hobbyists, but it’s just not true anymore. You can build a decent PC for less than $500, a great one for less than $700. But consider that when the newest game consoles were fresh, their prices were pretty exorbitant as well — the Xbox 360 was a $299-$399 machine, the Playstation 3 a $499 (or as high as $599) investment.
It makes a whole lot more sense to pinch your pennies for slightly longer and get a better-performing PC for your gaming apparatus. It carries all the same abilities as your console, except it can be easily upgraded, it supports game mods, it sees lower prices on games, support is often better and it has a huge, robust indie industry. As publishers work to contain and control console gamers, the best way to continue to get at least some monetary value back out of the gaming hobby is to switch to PC.