Playing: Splinter Cell Blacklist (Wii U)
Listening to: Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack
A couple of weeks ago Gamestop had a deal running where you could trade in your copy of The Last of Us for PS3 and upgrade to the Remastered edition for PS4 for $25. It was a great deal. I had just finished Infamous: Second Son and was looking for something to play. I loved The Last of Us and knew without a doubt it would earn a second play through from me. So it seemed like an easy choice. But there was something holding me back, tugging at my sleeve and whispering in my ear…
“You’re going to give it away?”
I’ve felt this before. Every blue moon I’ll go on Ebay and see what some of my classic games are fetching for price. I have some high demand games like Xenogears, Final Fantasy VII, and Suikoden. All black label, mint condition PS1 classics. But nothing on this Earth would ever get me to sell them. It seems kind of silly. The odds of me ever playing through my PS1 version of Die Hard Trilogy again are pretty low. But it’s never leaving my collection all the same.
My PS1 Collection
I’ve written before about how each game in my video game collection holds memories of the time in my life that I first played through them, and I think that’s the reason why I am tethered to these old games that sit on my shelf collecting dust. There are 130 games in my collection at home that cover PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, Gamecube, DS, Wii, WiiU and Xbox360. And that number doesn’t even figure into the digital games I have or the NES and SNES games that my brother is holding for me at his house.
I look at that number and it seems ridiculous that I would need to keep all of those. It’s crazy, right? Or even more so, why in the world do I need to keep buying new ones when I have over 100 games to play?! The answer is this: I’m more than just a gamer. I don’t just buy video games for the act of play. I look at a game like The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past and I marvel at it’s brilliant chip tunes soundtrack. I play The Walking Dead and am moved by the brilliance of it’s story. My favorite games form a connection with me that transcends play.
I can remember being a teenager in the 90’s and playing through Final Fantasy VI sitting on the floor of our sun room. The unique and fantastic world created in that game was so endearing to a young kid without any friends. I found so much in that game’s world to connect with that I almost thought of the cast of Final Fantasy VI as my friends. Now as an adult I look back at that game and remember what it was like to discover that world as a kid, and how that world is still perfectly preserved today on a single cartridge. I can always go back if I choose to and visit my old friends.
For people like me, video games just mean more. It might be a little nuts, or sound silly. But I really value all the memories and moments that those games hold for me. Even a game that came out as recently as The Last of Us.
In the end I did trade up. But only because I’m still able to play through Joel and Ellie’s tragic adventure via Remastered.
I guess I’m just attached to all that video games have to offer. And that’s why no matter how much monetary value my game collection may hold, to me, my collection is priceless.
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