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This is just my own personal gaming blog. I will discuss what I play and new additions to my collection, as well as........well just about anything I feel like typing. It is not meant to provide relevent information or entertainment.
11Sep 08I was at the point a while back where I derived more pleasure from collecting games than playing them. This to me was not a good thing, and pretty much killed for me what gaming to me was all about; having fun. So I took a look at how I was going about my hobby and a revelation hit me. I decided that I want to enjoy games again, similar to my youth. I, up until recently, if I had money and saw a great deal on a game I "might" play one day, I'd pick it up and add it to one of my game shelves. Then, about two weeks ago I realized that doing that is honestly a waste of money. So I looked at my collection and began to withdraw games from it that really have no value to me and I am going to list them on eBay. I didn't go insane mind you, if you see, still have 250+ games. I would be a bit over 300 otherwise, but that's okay. The amount doesn't matter to me anymore. I want to have games that actually have value to me, whether it's play value, or "hey that game was awesome when I was 11 or 12", like Zombies Ate My Neighbors. No more collecting for sake of collecting for me. I am a game player/collector. I collect the games I play. Even if it's a game I beat that I will probably never play through again, like KOTOR or Oblivion, it did have value to me on a playthrough basis, and I will keep it. I also cut a ginormous (not a real word) chunk of my "Fall Games 08 List" off. I now only have 7 games I "must" get and play. To put that in perspective, my original list when I made it had 34. Crazy I know. I am not quitting buying games by no right. I just sniped me a nice Sega Saturn set on eBay. I am excited to play what I view as two of the crown jewels on the console, Dragon Force and Panzer Dragoon Saga. How can I call them jewels without having played them? Well I know what games I enjoy, and based on my research, these two will definitely provide some good fun. I think this is ultimately a great thing that happened. I feel like I can enjoy gaming again. I got a PSP for my birthday over a month ago and have charged through 3 games thusfar. I used to play games for the sake of beating them because I bought so many. It's nice to play them and enjoy them again. Adios.
24Feb 08It's a sad state of affairs in terms of gaming these days. I don't have the time or energy to really play anything with substance right now. I am close to 60 hours into Persona 3 and I have simply quit playing. 60 hours gone, and no resolution for the game. Will I go back? Maybe...but who knows. I still buy games on a regular basis if my income permits so. I still get that joyous feeling of adding a new game to my already impressive collection (I at least believe it to be impressive). My latest addition is God of War 2 for PS2. I am excited to have it. I am a bit late on the bandwagon, but I have it nonetheless. However, when will I play it? I dunno. I love buying games, and it seems I get more joy out of the purchase than the play. And that is truly wrong. It wasn't so long ago (or maybe so), that I was a youngster and looked forward to every birthday and Christmas awaiting a new adventure to play on whatever gaming console I had at the time. That was when getting a new game was a special occasion. Now in my adult life, it's like bam.....new games comes out, go buy em, end of story. There really isn't that feeling of it being as special, but I guess that is part of growing up. There are still some games that get me looking forward to the playthrough, though none recently, or even in 2008 for that matter. I would really like to sit down and get some quality time in with my collection instead of just looking at it. I bet there are at least 50 games I haven't touched yet (maybe not that many, but dang close). So I am in a place where collecting games is of greater value/joy than playing them. Horrendous. Hopefully that changes sooner than later. Only time will tell. Adios.
19Jan 08It is official: the gaming trifecta for this generation of video games is complete. 4 days ago it was complete when I got my new PS3. I am very excited for now I can enjoy any game that comes out without worry. I have wanted one for awhile, although I admit the only game I truly want isn't out yet, i.e. MGS4. However, now that I have it, I have been doing research on some exclusives since that is the main reason for me to have the PS3 as it (at least now) is not my primary console. Turns out there are a few hidden gems in the lineup worthy of my attention. The only game I have thusfar is Resistance: Fall of Man. Some games of interest include; Uncharted: Drakes Fortune, Ratchet and Clank Future Tools of Destruction, Folklore, and Ninja Gaiden Sigma (can't get enough Ninja Gaiden). Plus there is that "future value" which Sony's something or other Jack Tretton mentioned (which I believe to be a load of garbage). I figure I can go into 2008 looking to spend more money now that I have more options. I figure I should enjoy it while it lasts because I am 5 classes away from getting my undergraduate degree (Spring and Summer). Once I get that it is time for the 'real world', and while I'll still play video games, it will not be at the frequency I do now.....unless I go to get my M.B.A....hee hee. Anyways, I am currently very excited to start building up my PS3 collection, and extremely happy to have the trifecta complete. Game on.
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