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Why did I sell my videogames?

In Myself on July 27, 2010 at 1:56 am


This my first article and I have started this website thing on an Android smartphone, so be nice please………

I love playing games, the quirkier and more unusual the better. While many would put down Modern Warfare, the Sims or WoW as their favourite game, I simply can’t say I have one, having played and clocked so many with the aid of educated taste and videogame reviews. I somehow know when a title is a good game, a bad game or just a clone game so I’ve never spent money on something not worthy of it. I have many favourites but only a few of them are popular. All this is just dandy, except I don’t play games……..

People say to me when I tell them how I sold all the hard and soft wares that were in the game room:”You musta been soo broke, damn bruv…you needed money for smoke or somethin’ man”, Naaa not me… yeah I was broke, I had just resigned from a job in Satans shoe cupboard, but I never need a draw. Neither was it so I could buy another gadget (although I am writing these posts on a Motorola Milestone). I had a SNES, an N64, a Dreamcast (the legend), a GameCube, a Crystal Xbox 1, a Neo Geo and a Wii, all with many games, peripherals and accesories. All gone now………

I had to do it. My priorities were plentiful and disorganised, study was play and me-time was wii-time. I don’t like reminding myself of the final payout sum, I like to think i’d have given them away for free if there were poor kids in front of me, but for what was there, many classics (real ones) and mild rares (japanese carts, silent hill psx, street fighter 2 turbo snes cart, beyond good and evil, rocket robot on wheels, no mercy and zeldas ngc master quest disc) the meagre price was like a bang to my bass drum of a heart, kicking me into a different groove (sorry).

“I had to free myself from my unhealthy gaming habit, so I got rid of absolutely everything”

Recently videogaming has grown to be a very fragmented and diluted scene with the “casual invasion” or should i say “casual invitation” taking place in the early noughties and companies playing it safe, forced to either make a big meal of a product or a simple snack for quick consumption by the randomly intrigued casual consumer; a battered middleground with rare appearances from polished, ambitious, ingenious, ground-breaking new games that take risks and new IPs that arent so focused on “room for improvement” that they can feel “just right” on the first time for a digital piece of art in its own right. My life was spent on living virtual lives, occasionally more aesthetically pleasing than the real world, but endlessly more restrictive and rigid than controlling yourself on Earth…………………

After all, I did the right thing, I made a compromise for the greater need (me). My boy says (the shallowest, most unprophetic anti-pragmatic baboon I know) “you want a lot, you gotta give a lot to get it” or something longer but to the same implication, although he has followed that principle disappointingly selectively, he’s right you know………….

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