Bookahnerk and I were talking about games in general and I mentioned how I regret buying Black Desert Online. He thought we’d spent less than 20 Euros on it, but I checked my emails and it was 30 Euros each. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the game itself is bad! Far from it. It just should have been obvious to me that I wouldn’t like and thus, play the game. I do not want to engage in open world PvP at all (unless it’s the Crossroads in World of Warcraft and voluntary flagging for PvP). So – why I ended up buying and playing the game, I don’t know. I just don’t remember what made me do it. But it was a silly idea and definitely a waste of money.
But all things considered, whenever we talk about bad games or wasted money on games, our comparison is always with another game and my BDO purchase isn’t that bad when compared to this other game: Godus. Or, as bookahnerk put it: “You could offer me 500 Euros for playing the game for 25 hours and I’d still prefer putting my fingers in a vise for these 25 hours instead!” – Him saying something like this means the game is more than just bad. I remember watching the video about what the game would be like and we both really liked what we had heard. But since it was Early Access, we decided it would be wiser to just have one of us buy the game for the time being. And we’re very glad we did that!
From the viewpoint of the disappointment after buying a game, bookahnerk got it a lot worse with his purchase. From the viewpoint of “I told you so!”, mine was worse. I guess it’s all a matter of perspective. Either way, the both of us count these two games as our worst game purchase regrets. I am pretty sure I’ve got other games that I bought and ended up regretting doing so, but none actually come to my mind.
Having said that, the game purchase I made that I thought I would regret turned out to be a really great investment (for me, at least – not so much for the game company): My purchase of a lifetime account with Lord of the Rings Online back when Codemasters (EU publishers at the time) offered it to me for 110 €. Basically, I paid the equivalent of 10 months of game time and got a lifetime account. I made this decision after only having played the game for the initial 30 days that you got when you bought the box and then returning for a free weekend three months later. And this was at a time where that amount of money was a lot for me (it’s still not something I’d just throw out of the window!).