Let’s all ignore the fact I haven’t posted since April!
For some reason, these days I find I’m using my iPod Touch a lot more for gaming these days than my DS, despite the fact I actually went and bought a US DSi system in the not too distant past. Yet despite the embarrassingly large pile of DS games I’ve amassed since the system launched back in March of 2005 I don’t seem to be using it a whole lot.
On the other hand, I spent a number of hours playing a game named Isotope, which isn’t bad to say I only spent £1.79 on it. Don’t get me started on how much time I’ve pissed away on Flight Control, which set me back the monumental price of 59p. There are a number of other apps on there that have been on my iPod since the App Store launched, but I’m not going into those because I really can’t be bothered making this rambling diatribe into a list of games I’ve downloaded.
If I had to guess why this is – and I’m going to – maybe its down to the fact that dropping £2 on a bad game isn’t as bad as dropping £30 or £40 on one. I’m looking at you, Condemned 2. Not to say that I haven’t bought turkeys for DS, too… I actually bought Goldeneye Rogue Agent or whatever it was called on the off chance that it “couldn’t really be that bad, could it?” Well, it was. Naturally I lost out because god forbid a game store will give you a decent price on a game you’ve owned for a week, but I suppose they aren’t in the business of buying crap games. Just selling them.
Thinking about it though, I can’t really recall buying a bad game on the App Store. Whether this is down to crap games getting shoved down to the bottom of the category lists, or the somewhat useful review system (ignoring people that vote an app 1 star but then go on to sing its praises) I don’t know, but for the most part the good games get most exposure. I nearly shat myself with nostalgia when I noticed that a port of the Amiga classic Pinball Dreams was out. I most likely wouldn’t have bought it for DS, because most likely it would have been £30 or so and I’m not quite sure I like it that much to spend the cash for a donkeys-years old game. £2.99 on the other hand, why not? Thats about as much for 360 DLC, and I dare say there’s more game here than some of the tawdry offerings that get sprayed onto the Xbox Marketplace. Because you know, you can never have enough track packs for Rock Band and unlock keys for stuff already on your game disc, right?