Gaming is a bad hobby to get into. It’s a huge time sink and it ends up expensive. You might wonder if I’ve suddenly cracked up. No, don’t worry, I’ve simply been pondering just how much it’s cost me and that’s only right this second! I haven’t even begun to think how much previous generation of games purchases has cost me. I realised this when I looked at my collection last night and thought ‘Right I need to sell some of these off’. Let’s break it down a bit, as well as my reasoning for why I can’t sell them, if relevant.
Not worth selling due to non-existent value:
Blue Dragon – I need to complete it anyhow
Football Manager 2006, 2007, 2008
Pro Evo 6 – only cost me £1.99 anyway
Assassin’s Creed – last game my Dad bought me.
Brothers in Arms – this may get sold on though.
Dynasty Warriors 5
Grand Theft Auto IV – I need to finish it too!
Perfect Dark Zero
Classic I can’t bear to sell on:
Bioshock Steel Tin
Burnout Paradise/Trivial Pursuit – perhaps not a classic but Trivial Pursuit in particular is ideal for multiplayer
Call of Duty 2
Guitar Hero 3
Left4Dead – but then again I’ve not touched it in a long time because I’ve hardly gamed online
Mirror’s Edge – actually it fits nearly all of these categories! But I definitely need to finish it
Scene It – another good multiplayer game
Sega Mega Drive Collection
I can sell on as soon as I’m done with:
Guitar Hero:Aerosmith – I think, bit unsure about it.
Resident Evil 5
Tomb Raider Underworld
Now that I’ve got that out of the way, think of it this way. If I sold each and every one of these games for £5, I would have over £150, probably a lot more as some games would sell for more. How scary is that! That currently works out as around a month’s wages for me. Now obviously I’m not suggesting, we all hang up our game controllers and quit. That would be silly. In my case, games are my main expenditure. I always make sure I can pay the bills first, and I don’t really spend a huge deal on anything else, ever! But when you put it into perspective it is quite scary. Every console I’ve owned, I’ve had at least 20 games for at any one point. Even as a child, I’d scrounge up money for whatever game I was after. It’s amazing I managed it really. I’d best not think about how much money I’d have left over, if I hadn’t been a games addict!
Don’t worry, this is for the most part very tongue in cheek and just me thinking aloud really. I have very few regrets on the games side of things (except for selling my SNES and a few dodgy game purchases), I’m just trying to work out ways of raising more funds. Ironically so that I can buy more games!
I think really a more constructive use of my time would be to get on with completing the games in the last list so that I can sell them on as soon as possible!
Anyway, guess who’s going out now to find a copy of Rock Band 2? Yeah, guilty as charged.