Shut Up and Take My Money or Why Gamers Buy Skins
I bet your non-gamer friends and relatives have sent you on a guilt trip at least a couple of times by wondering why are you buying skins if they don’t even give you an advantage in the game. Here a couple of reasons they shouldn’t.
You aren’t a gamer if you have never been met by a bewildered gaze after saying you bought something for money in a game. People are getting accustomed to buying things that give you actual advantages, but when you say you buy skins (aka just pictures that do nothing in the lexicon of non-gamers), you become a reason of some heavy cognitive dissonance, or it seems so at least. People shower you with questions like “Why are you spending money on that? Don’t you have anything better to spend them on?” and assume all sorts of offensive things about your personal and social life. Here I want to argue why a person can be fully accomplished, have a significant other they are happy with, and still spend money at the game on “pretty pictures.”
In Modern World It’s an Investment
The revenue of the gaming market is estimated to be $108 billion this year. I mean, a HUNDRED billion dollars! So, what were you saying about haute couture and designer clothes? With the number of gamers increasing every year, every in-game item you own starts to have real value, even if it doesn’t give you an advantage.
The VR is slowly turning into an autonomous ecosystem with its economy, frauds and collectible items. Moreover, unlike real collectibles, in-game assets are less prone to physical damage and aging because of the fact people don’t wear them out – they are JUST pictures. They are still prone to stealing and deleting, though, but that’s another story. You can’t stop the progress, and the progress shows us that virtual goods have real value now – they are becoming an investment. Who knows how much a rare skin from CS:GO will cost 20 years from now?
It’s the Same as Buying a $5000 Handbag
Okay, unless the bag is made using some cool army technologies and has a built in jetpack that recharges by solar batteries, it isn’t worth it. No, not even if Rihanna held it one time accidentally (though it would probably cost even less). People readily accept insanely expensive accessories and designer clothes, which are pieces of fabric sewn together and often trash regarding endurance and comfort, but they fail to understand why gamers spend money on buying skins. To tell the truth, at the beginning of my gaming path, I treated people who spent money on in-game items without any functions with contempt. Over time I grew to realize that a) treating people in such a manner is unacceptable b) skins are cool! All in all, people have always been spending money on useless accessories to show off, and the same trend is carried into a new reality created by humanity.
The Trend Will Grow
The wheel of progress is moving, neither you nor I can stop it, and in my opinion, it’s better to run along and try to avoid being smashed by it. For example, I can easily imagine myself selling some worn-out basic skin for $500 because it belonged to a famous gamer for a WHOLE month and because it was launched in the good ol’ 2017. Tell me what you will about buying pictures, but I’m stocking up my skins gallery for the future generations to come. All in all, I can always sell them for real money in case I get bored or change my hobby.