PlayStation Plus Makes Indie Games Feel Worthless

Hardcore Gamer: Plus has made buying indie games at launch feel like a huge waste of money, and you shouldn't do it anymore.

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Hipp01414d ago

Seriously? It's a bit annoying when you buy an indie game and it's offered for free a few months later, but then you got to play it earlier, you chose to support the developer. That means something to me.

You can stop buying games on the off-chance they get offered for free later on, in the mean time I'll be paying to play those games and enjoying them (hopefully).

thorstein1414d ago

Absolutely. I bought Walking Dead Season 1 with the season pass. Later, PS+ gave it to subscribers for free.

I don't regret spending the money on this awesome game and the developer making money off of me.

saddlebrown1414d ago

It's "a bit" annoying the first few times it happens. It's more than "a bit" annoying when you have no reason to look forward to the free games anymore because you already know whatever they'll offer, you already own it.

Look at the comments on the PlayStation Blog. Half of it is people going, "Why do I even bother buying these games anymore?" It's actually scaring people off from buying at launch because they know if they wait a couple months, the game will be free.

I don't think it's unreasonable to ask for an exclusivity window and transparency to make people feel secure about supporting developers and buying at launch.

Hipp01414d ago (Edited 1414d ago )

If I knew in advance that a title I really wanted to play was going to be free a few months from now, I would still buy it, because you know, I'd be excited for it. However, I get that everyone is different and in all honesty there is probably a few titles that if I had known, I would have waited to get for free. But that's the beauty of hindsight.

Maybe telling people at launch "this game will appear in future PS+" or something so people can make an informed decision would work, but I can't see them ever actually doing that.

Overall it really doesn't bother me, you win some, you lose some.

Mr Pumblechook1414d ago

@thomasella. If you buy games from the PSN store and are a PS Plus subscriber at some point something you've bought will be free, but that's not a reason to be sad because if you paid money you must have really wanted it at the time. occasionally there will be overlap but that doesn't lesson the value.

Muzikguy1414d ago (Edited 1414d ago )

I don't see why it bothers people so much. If you don't want to play the game then just don't buy it. I'm not going to read the comments on the blog because I'll just be thinking "wow what a bunch of entitled brats".

I remember I bought an iPod back in the day for $350. Ok? That same iPod not even 6 months later dropped $100 and doubled in size! Was I pissed? Yeah at first, but I got over it. And you know what? That kind of thing has happened since then and if hasn't bothered me. Life goes on.

Try and think of some other thing you might have "wasted" your money on instead. If you buy a game and get enjoyment from it you're not wasting anything even if it turns out to be free later on

spacedelete1414d ago

i could care less about supporting the devs and it isn't just indie games its also AAA games i've stopped buying. no point wasting money if the games will be free on PlayStation plus soon enough. Sony thinks they were clever putting online behind a paywall but now i buy less games than ever before.

suicidalblues1414d ago

I wish a dev could take your last bubble.

CaptainObvious8781414d ago

I wish a dev could do a lot more than take his last bubble.

Revengeance1414d ago

The stupidity in this post is too damn high.

Summons751414d ago

You do realize that when these games do go on Ps+ for free Sony is giving the devs a hefty check to make up for the "lost sales". So getting something free on Ps+ is still supporting the developer. I would have bought transistor when it released but for whatever reason devs decided to stop putting out demos and Transistor looks ify to me so I won't buy it without playing it first. This will give me a chance to see if I like it or now. Swapper is another example, never bought because there wasn't a demo and now I love it beucase of +

SilentNegotiator1414d ago

I just buy the games that I really want and hope that the games that I don't want as badly turn out to be free some day, since I probably won't end up buying them myself anyway (unless there's a great sale).

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the_dark_one1414d ago

LOL, if anything its giving them an opportunitie to be played and if its any good and gamers enjoy it maybe they will most likely looking foward to their next game. besides its not like all indies are coming to ps plus. Worhtless article

MrBeatdown1414d ago

Ooooooh, next, complain about how games go on sale and how terrible that is too.


"Now, after having been a Plus member since before they were even giving out free games..."

Seriously? They gave out free games on day one.

Palm, meet face.

saddlebrown1414d ago (Edited 1414d ago )

The Instant Game Collection didn't launch until later. PS Plus for a long time was just discounts and avatars and stuff. It didn't take off until they said "HEY HERE HAVE ALL THESE GAMES FOR FREE." It was a pretty big deal when they announced it.

Also, to reiterate, none of the games are free.

MrBeatdown1414d ago (Edited 1414d ago )

When Plus launched, it included games.

Get a clue. Do some research.

Nitrowolf21414d ago (Edited 1414d ago )

You are wrong, they had free gmes since the launch

"Also, to reiterate, none of the games are free."

I really do hate this, yes they are basically being leased out to you, but after a whole year, who's actually going back to play some of those games? Sure I suspect a few, but the majority like any other games out there would probably move on to the next one , knowing that they could fully download it again later.

To me, they are Free just by looking at the value it offers

lodossrage1414d ago (Edited 1414d ago )

I don't know how anyone can click disagree on Mr.Beatdown since he's right.

When Plus first started, you got 1 PSN game, 1 PS Classic, and 2 PS Minis per month along with the avatars and discounts. I'd know since I had it from back then all the way to now

So he's right, some of you DO need to do some research.

lipton1011414d ago

I actually don't rememer free games at ps+ initial PS3 launch??? It has been a long time though. Anyone remember the first free game? I download every one, wether I'm interested or not to, at the very least, delete and have in my library just in case I fall on hard times or get bored since they're always yours at that point.

lodossrage1414d ago


the very first game on PS Plus (at least in America) was Zen Pinball 1.

MrBeatdown1414d ago

The first game was Wipeout HD. There was a PSone game, and a couple Minis as well.

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Repjaws1414d ago

I spent 8$ on Transistor a few weeks back on steam an now I'm getting it for free on PS4 an that's fine by me cause Transistor is an awesome game and it deserves my money.

lipton1011414d ago

I'm pretty excited for it. I didn't buy it but considered it at launch. I did purchase valient hearts though. Excellent

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