Killzone 3 joins the other Special Editions ruining my financial viability
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Killzone 3: Helghast Edition > Call of Duty: Black Ops special edition but < life?
The modern world of videogames is certainly a confusing one. In the not-so-distant past, our parents were happy to dispense with their hard earned pay, mindlessly inserting coin after coin in order to save their precious 80’s funk from the tyrannous reign of the Space Invader.
However, as the years yielded experience - and perhaps cost us the funk - we welcomed household gaming into our lives. Now, unlike its arcade brethren, household gaming could be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home, accompanied by as little clothing as one felt necessary and a precariously balanced bowl of cereal. Gaming times went from minutes to hours, no longer inhibited by our bank balance, but instead by an individual preference as to how long we could stand. We...were happy.
Unfortunately, the world of gaming has fallen victim to a particularly pernicious breed of commercialism. No longer happy to just take payment for the game of our choice, the industry grew impatient, desperate to expand. Unsatisfied with what it already had, it began to probe, determined to find a way of obtaining a double-dip and generally stretching our per-game spending without us realising what was happening.
That’s when it happened. The special edition was born; why buy a boring Halo 3 when you could buy the steel-cased special edition? Slowly but surely, title after title fell prey to this new way of thinking until the Special Edition became a requisite.
While I may sound very bitter, I do in fact like special editions; I think they offer something unique to titles that many gamers otherwise grow tired of very quickly. It’s true that our warped attention spans have devolved to the level of the sloth. It's not the idea of the Special Edition that bothers me...it's the cost.
I know for a certainty that I am not the only individual eagerly awaiting the release of KillZone 3, yet the company behind it continues to mock me. The latest news, available within the last hour, is that Killzone 3 will be releasing its very own Special Edition pack. The pack will feature a Helghast replica helmet (which opens up to reveal an art book), a Super Voucher, a 6.5" action figure of a semi-cloaked Helghast marksman and a copy of the game. With rough estimates suggesting a price of $130, I would not expect to see it for less than £80 in the UK- a price that guarantees it exclusion from my life.
And there you have it. Killzone 3 will now be available in its very own special edition, one that is sure to challenge its Call of Duty competitor from the moment of release.
So the question now stands...who wants to lend me some money?
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