The custom plugins
can be helpful in reducing the number of events you use, making it even more possible to do games with the free edition.
It's true that price is a matter of perspective, in richer countries, it is "nothing", in poorer countries, it sounds like a lot.
Most craft requires tools. Tools have prices. After it's up to the user to make his/her choice and give himself the means for its goal.
And as said, there's a contest up and running in the stickies of the C2 general forum : Fun chowder's game competition