Blog a Day 112of365: Never underestimate the power of an old console

As regular readers may have noticed, my willpower is rather weak when I’m stressed or unhappy. This made 2008 very expensive and it never fails to make March and April expensive. I guess it’s my way of coping and feeling in control of the situation. Also quite obviously, it cheers me up a bit.

I didn’t actually intend on spending money today. Although it’s payday tomorrow I’ve already bought more than I should have the past couple of weeks so I was planning on being sensible.

Thing is, work had an absolute bargain for sale. They had a brand new, still sealed PS2 Slimline with Buzz Hollywood and relevant buzzers for only £19.99. Throw in my discount and it worked out as £15.99. Now granted I have a PS2 but it’s my Mum’s now really. I gave it to her so it would distract her on bad days. It’s worked a treat and she’s clocked a good few hundred hours in Dragon Quest VIII. Although lately I’ve picked up a few cheap PS2 games (SSX3 for £2 and Final Fantasy X-2 for £4 notably) I haven’t really had the heart to take back the PS2. So I’ve kept half an eye on eBay prices which have all been £30-35 which seems a bit excessive for an old, last generation console.

£15.99 though was a bit too good to resist though. It’s cheered me up nicely. It’s been a thoroughly disheartening day but I couldn’t help but smile as I unpacked the shiny new console, even if it is a bit old by today’s standard. There are many PS2 games that I missed out on the first time round, I’m hoping to rediscover them thanks to so many shops getting rid of so many PS2 games cheaply now. Plus I can borrow my Mum’s copies of Grandia 2, Final Fantasy X (which I have completed before and loved) and Dragon Quest VIII. Excellent.

Now all I need is to pick up a suitably cheap memory card!