As the time inches closer and closer to the impending moving date for my wife and I we are taking a close look at our belongings to decide which ones are worthy of the cross-country trek. While my gaming collection doesn’t take up a large amount of room, it does take up some space. So I started thinking about my game collection and wondered why I have all these games that I most likely will never play again.
I realized that I have a habit of holding onto games with the misguided notion that I am going to return to these games and play them again or go for the 100% completion. For instance, when I finished the campaign of Batman: Arkham Asylum I wanted to find all of Joker’s clues. I spent the time and did this, but I still wasn’t 100% complete. Batman: Arkham Asylum has a challenge mode where you have to eliminate the threat in a limited amount of time. I was tired of playing Batman: Arkham Asylum so I decided I would come back to it in a few days. A few days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months. Months will inevitably turn into years. This is the same thing that happened with Saints Row 2. I finished the campaign, but I had a ton of side missions that needed to be completed. I recently put Saints Row 2 in to play some of these missions and realized it had been almost two years since I had touched the game.
Why I do this to myself I have yet to understand. Luckily, I am not alone in this behavior as is evidence by other game collections (that far surpass mine) I have seen around the web. I would imagine that a great majority of people have the same misguided notion that they will return to the game as well. What I have come to realize numerous times now (because the first, second, or nth realization wasn’t enough) is that too many games come out for me to revisit my gaming catalog. Taking this year as an example, there are at least eight games that I will pick up – and that is just off the top of my head. As the year progresses more titles will be announced which means that number will most definitely go up. Hell, last year I played bought 8 new games (and a few older ones) and played them all – and I was in school full time half the year!
Now, that isn’t to say that I never play my old games as I just played Saints Row 2 a week ago – but I generally become bored with my old games after the first hour or two. The problem I come across is that when I finally do decide to part with my older games and trade them in I find they are barely worth the cost of gas to drive to Gamestop.
But there is another facet to this problem – games in a series. I have this thing with owning the entire series. Halo. Yeah, I have all of them (except ODST, because well, ODST was a copout). Gears of War? Those too. Saints Row, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, GTA 3, GTA: Vice City, GTA: San Andreas, GTA 4 (alright, so the GTA series isn’t quite the same as Halo 1 – 3). Now I know that I am never going to play GTA 3 again, but I can’t get rid of it. It’s like part of my gaming cred.
But there is a bright side to all of this – now that I am a self-proclaimed gaming blogger I have a new reason to hold onto games until they are practically given away at the store – reviewing DLC! Granted this doesn’t apply to my current catalog – but I will keep my games around you never know when the itch for Tommy Vercetti is going to come a knockin’.
What are your thoughts on a gaming collection? Do you still have all of the consoles and games that you have ever owned? Or, are you one of those that play for a month and trade it in? Sound off in the comments below.