By summing up totals for each answers in buy vs play poll, it can be summed up that after somebody buys a Steam game, there’s about 42% chance that he actually plays it for more than 2 hours.
The audience of this blog are mainly game developers, so that affects the outcome of the poll. My not so wild guess is that if audience would be mainly gamers, the percentage would be much, much higher. As you can see from the earlier blog post replies, some folks do play all the games they buy.
I presume there are also gamers who don’t play all the games they buy, but what is quite certain that game developers like to *just* buy the games.
Why would this be? My guess is one or some of the following reasons apply:
- For research purposes: hearing about some game and then testing mechanics can be enough for a game developer to buy the game.
- To bring old memories back. Every now and then there’s new game that you played 20 years ago and either a remake or similar game appears, and you just want to add it in your collection.
- To increase your collection, you hoarder.
- To support game development. This can be somewhat funny… that game developers buy each others games to support development. I do this too.
And I bet there’s some other reasons (feel free to add).
But whatever the reason, it is quite strange that nowadays we buy games we won’t quite likely even play.
Why is that?
Should we all start making intro screens from now on?