What Are Budget Games?
Gamers have hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of games to choose from. Many of them are quite expensive. This often, if you are anything like me, brings up the question, “Can I afford this game?” Put into terms my wife would use, “Is this game in the budget?” That brings me to the subject of this post: Budget Games.
What is a Budget Game?
First, let me tell you what a Budget Game is not. A budget game is not cheap. It may be and often is an inexpensive game, but a low price tag does not mean cheap.
Cheap means that a game is shoddily made, its components are flimsy, and the rules are poorly written, and the experience is lacking. A cheap game is not worth the money the publisher spends to make it, and it is certainly not worth the money you spend to buy it. It goes without saying; avoid cheap games.
So, what are Budget Games?
A “Budget” game has a combination of factors that set it apart from simply a cheap game:
- · Replayability: Is the game as fun when you play it again, or does it lose its charm the second time around?
- · Engagement: Does this game draw me in and enthrall me? Does the experience I have playing this game resonate with me in such a way that I enjoy the experience?
- · Time: Is this game worth my time to play? Would my time be better spent doing something more productive, like watching paint dry? Time is our most valuable currency, and impossible to get more of.
- · Personal: This is your personal interest in the game. What makes you consider this game? Is it a theme, a mechanic, or style of game?
Combined these factors are a game’s “Overall Value.”
This brings us to our definition, a Budget Game offers a great value at an affordable price. A budget game does not sacrifice Overall Value for a cheaper price, and the materials and workmanship are not inferior.
As I said before, gamers have so many games to choose from, and more are being released every day. Some of these games will be instant bestsellers, sometimes due to design and gameplay, and other times due to hype and marketing. So how do you separate the great games from the not so great, or even the really cheap ones? One way is to play the game before you buy it, but sadly this is not always possible since some games are only available through Kickstarter or online. Another way is to read, or watch, a review, like the ones on this site. And don’t just read one review, take a look at several, do your research.
The next time you come across a new game, ask yourself, “Is this a Budget Game?” If you answer no to any of the factors above, then maybe you should give it a pass.