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Are gamers being ripped off?

LynneLynne TeachHomePosts: 9,876 mod
edited June 2017 in Technology and Games
A lot of gamer gear is very expensive. From flashy "gamer" PCs (rigs) and laptops (as far as I can see the only difference is a glowing something or other on the case) to fancy keyboards and mouses with triggers and hot keys.
The BBC has investigated:-
http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-40218662/gamer-gear-is-razer-revolutionary-or-overpriced

Are gamers being ripped off? 11 votes

Yes, and it's wrong.
27%
GemmaRowlandsNnoitoraGLukas_Oliver157 3 votes
Yes, but it's okay as long as it looks cool.
36%
LynnesammaniYellowtailmagical 4 votes
No, you get what you pay for.
27%
aladdinrenanwillamyech0pandit 3 votes
No, these items give you an edge.
9%
theDom 1 vote
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  • YellowtailYellowtail Posts: 766 ✭✭✭✭
    Yes, but it's okay as long as it looks cool.
    And no, they are not ripped off. Their parents are.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 6,698 mod
    Yes, and it's wrong.

    And no, they are not ripped off. Their parents are.

    Not all gamers are children, though. I have a lot of adult friends who enjoy gaming and who spend a lot of money on things.

    I think lots of things are overpriced, but you could say that about anything. So I don't have a major problem with the physical equipment associated with gaming.

    What I do have an issue with however is when people pay huge amounts of money for add-ons within a game - you don't get anything physical to show for it, and of course it costs the game developers nothing to add it to your account, so to make things so expensive isn't fair in my opinion.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,268 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    I don't know which option to choose as no idea about games. Really a boring person! I don't even have a crush on candy crush like many others. ;)
  • YellowtailYellowtail Posts: 766 ✭✭✭✭
    Yes, but it's okay as long as it looks cool.
    @GemmaRowlands
    You're right. Gamers who pay huge amount of money for add-ons seem like drug addicts to me.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 6,698 mod
    Yes, and it's wrong.

    @GemmaRowlands

    You're right. Gamers who pay huge amount of money for add-ons seem like drug addicts to me.

    Yes, I agree. I have only ever bought add-ons for games a handful of times, and that is only when I am really, really bored, and genuinely don't have anything better to be doing with my time.
  • aladdinaladdin Radio Producer LEOnetworkPosts: 1,629 mod
    No, you get what you pay for.
    I don't like PC as a platform for playing games anymore :D . So you get what you pay for.
  • theDomtheDom Posts: 19 ✭✭
    No, these items give you an edge.
    I think if you have all these high expensive gamer gear then you are totally cool. A good gamer needs to have a good gear.
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 6,698 mod
    Yes, and it's wrong.
    theDom said:

    I think if you have all these high expensive gamer gear then you are totally cool. A good gamer needs to have a good gear.

    I agree actually. There are some people who see gaming as much more than just a hobby, and if you are one of those people then that's fair enough.
  • jackelliotjackelliot Posts: 814 OTT
    Yes and no
  • magicalmagical Posts: 15 ✭✭
    Yes, but it's okay as long as it looks cool.
    All new technologies are expensive. For gamers, we must have the best of the best (cpu, graphics card, mouse...).
    For example , when gamers buy a mouse, it must be with highest dpi , severals buttons, stability and design.
    So we must pay for research. That's the same for graphics card.
  • renanwillamyrenanwillamy Posts: 317 ✭✭✭
    No, you get what you pay for.
    In my opinion if you like games you have to pay the price of the quality and entertainment you are receiving. This way you are contributing for the developers improve more and more the quality of the products.
  • ech0panditech0pandit Posts: 26 ✭✭
    No, you get what you pay for.
    according to my experience , i am not a very hardcore gamer and to be specific these equipments are actually needed when you do hardcore/professional gaming , those products being shiny are just a part of being fancy , and well how wouldn't someone be attracted to a shiny thing instead of dull appearing one , if even though it works bad !!!!.............these things are actually worth the money and good .
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