I was just going to do one post today, but something that I saw last night made me wonder.
And making me wonder is a really dangerous thing sometimes.
In it, “Michael” asks an innocent question to start it off:
“Just wondering why this is only available to retailers and scalpers. Would be nice if us regular people could get ahold of it.”
A representative from Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) answers that they are using promotional materials for retailers to give them some reason to notice Smash Up (Editor: Dave would love that job!) and that their policy is to have promotional factions available to the general public in some fashion around a year after the retailer material is released.
While this applies to factions, items like the playmat are too cost-prohibitive to produce for retail sale. The money made from them wouldn’t equal the cost to produce them.
This set off a couple of completionists who must have everything for a game and don’t understand why they can’t.
It’s gotten a bit heated.
That got me to thinking about that mindset.
I just don’t understand the attitude of the die-hard completionists.
Sure, I can understand the desire to have everything. I’ve seen the mat, and it’s gorgeous! It would definitely make playing the game a lot easier.
But this attitude I just don’t get (from a poster named “The Bat”):
“I wonder if you have considered how much exclusive stuff like this is a turn off to many customers and actually damages your image rather than getting the attention of new players. I had a complete collection of Smash Up until you started in with the exclusive items. Making me buy a bigger box to get promotional items has encouraged me to stop buying new product. (Bolding is mine – Dave) Smash up is a fun filler game with friends and family, but definitely not something I am interested in playing in a competitive tournament environment in an effort to complete my collection. If that is the route you want to take your game I wish you the best with that.”
Why would the inability to get something, or at least not wanting to buy the “Bigger, Geekier Box” to get the All-Stars faction, make you not want to buy any other expansions?
“I’m generally a completionist, but not at those costs. Your marketing has made it easy to break the habit with Smash Up, and I have plenty of expansions to continue to play from time to time without having to buy any more.”
Of course you have plenty of expansions to continue to play from time to time without having to buy any more.
But that’s true even if there were no promotional items.
Why is this the deal-breaker for you? Why would you buy all of the expansions originally, but oh no, there’s stuff you can’t get, so now you’re done?
I’m not meaning to pick on “The Bat” here, but it’s just the latest example of a feeling that I have never understood.
I’ve seen people say they won’t buy any of a certain game franchise because there are a few bits of it that they can’t get, or they’d have to pay exorbitant prices to get those items.
Is there something in our DNA, or the DNA of people like this anyway, that explains it?
It’s a serious question (ok, maybe not the DNA bit).
If you like a game, support it. If you don’t like a game, don’t support it.
But I just can’t fathom an “I like this game, but if I can’t get everything for it, then it’s dead to me” attitude.
Can any of you give me any insight? Tell me what I’m missing.
Please. I’m begging.