Graf Zahl wrote:But let's be serious: A first generation GL 3.x card can be bought used for approx. $/€ 20 these days and for $/€ 40 something semi-decent can be bought new, for someone with a serious interest in gaming this should be affordable.
I know that sounds reasonable to us. We're both in IT so we get paid well. €20 to €40 sounds like nothing.
Let me tell a story, something I use to keep perspective myself on these things.
Back in the day, I grew up in a single income family with a mortgage. My dad worked in the public sector, so the job was secure even if the pay was ordinary. But then I got a second brother and the finances meant my mum finally had to get a job. That was all well and good for a few years until some head-office management bullshit eventually saw her get fired from her assistant manager role. Back to a single income then, while the country was still recovering from a recession and the cost of living was worse than what it used to be.
Financial situations kept on changing, but the minimal spending on things that weren't necessary to get by continued. I didn't even have text books in high school because we couldn't afford those fees - yet I still finished top 10% of the state in two subjects in my final year. One of them was a course dedicated to computer programming.
There was always a computer of some kind in the house. My dad would do work at home on the thing when we got a PC. But he would also play lots and lots of games on it. We were all in to gaming. But we couldn't really afford all the games we wanted, so we pirated plenty. I didn't even have a legit copy of the Doom games until I got my own job. The family financial situation was much better by the time I was turning 18, and game purchases were much more common as a result. And I haven't pirated a game since I started programming professionally.
This little story though? It probably seems tame to some people on these forums.
Growing up in Australia means I definitely had it better than some of those countries I mentioned in my earlier post, but there was still a degree of luck to get where I am (mostly of the "right time, right place" kind). I use that same perspective when arguing with colleagues about why we should lower game retail prices and not hate consumers for wanting a cheaper alternative (ie second hand games).
Sometimes that €20 to €40 makes a difference, especially to people earning around or under the average wage. And then there's other countries. Estonia is something like 80km south from where I live and their wages are half or under when compared to Finland.