Thursday, February 15, 2007

This started out as a response to FC and I just kept writing.


IMHO - "New" Consoles - by Caleb

I REFUSE to pay full price for ANYTHING. Let alone video games.

I played Wii at a party and I think it's keen and all but I don't have a burning desire to have it. I already have awesome systems and a growing collection of cool games. As for X-box 360 all the games I would want to play on it I can play on my PC. (I already got Fear on sale for $15.99) And there have been NO games for it that I REALLY want...Now if later down the road I find one of these systems for a good price then yes I might buy it. Or if something truly great comes out.

For example I bought Resident Evil 4 for full price. But, I didn't have a problem with doing that since I really knew that it was a good game and I wanted to play it.

Can I say the same thing about any game out there today? No.

God forbid I ever get hooked by a game release and HAVE TO play it...but I still won't pay full price for new system.

The only one that tempts me alittle is the DS which has FF3 on it. (But now I can play the original Japanese FF3 with an English sub on my dreamcast! Whoot! F the DS)

Then there is simple economics...

I guess I just can't justify spending money on games I KNOW will go down in price when I can pick up retro stuff for a cheap price that I KNOW will only go up in price.

For example the NES I picked up at salvation army ($8.99) is selling for $60 at the local pawn shop. That means that they would pay 1/3 that price for one, i.e. $20. I could get more than DOUBLE my money back for the NES. And that number will only go up if I sold it on ebay.

Or I could buy a Wii for $250 and download NES games for $5 each and then play those. And not get anywhere near that much money back for a used Wii.


And I am a solitary person in crap wilderness now...No proper lines for internet connection or anyone nearbye to multi-play.

As far as I am concerned single player games have not come as far as multiplayer/internet-content ones.

For my money the PC I purchased was well worth it. I can play games and edit video and stuff.

I have no need of "new" consoles (Which are untested) until something truly awesome comes out or I can get a system UNDER $100. That has always been my way.

And have you ever talked to someone that ONLY plays new console games? HINT: They are normally 13-16 years old and/or REALLY piss you off when they said that the X-box "is the greated system ever" and now they say the EXACT SAME thing about the X-box 360 and think that the original Xbox is nothing special.

FINAL ANSWER: Old games are still fun. Thats why the Wii has them for sale via download...They are not GIVING them away. I have fun collecting games and systems and playing them. I have no NEED nor WANT for the newer stuff.

Who really does? Where do you draw the line between what the hype is and what YOU want? Some dumbass consumers can't. Some people have just been trained by society to spend money or get left behind in the dust. If you REALLY like a new game then buy it. If you like collecting older games then buy them. Don't bow down to pressure from either side of the arguement...

Now FC - PRAY that I don't report you to the Retro Gamer PD and have your retro game creds new console loving traitor.


fatherkrishna said...

I know what you are saying Caleb, but I have to say in my defense that I ignored the Dreamcast when it was a new and innovative console...

I missed out on online play, the Dream Arena, downloadable content and so on...

I'm not averse to current consoles (I have a DS and love it) The Wii in particular just seems like such fun! Plus the DS has turned me onto Nintendo as an innovative company... Never owned a Cube or a SNES, although I do have a couple of 64s and a GBA, plus two Gameboy colours.

Owning a current system would not stop me from playing Retro consoles, I regularly go back to Saturn and Master System even though I have a Dreamcast.

But my two blogging inspirations, Gnome and The Elderly Gamer, both have 360s. J and Junlee both have a Wii. Sometimes it would be nice to be able to contribute to their gaming discussions.

I was a traitor when I bought my kids a PS2 instead of a DC!

Caleb said...

I was just making a sarcastic remark in that last bit fatherkrishna.

As long as you follow your heart in gaming you will never be a traitor!

fatherkrishna said...

Hey! Its all good! Now, set your envyometer to overload and check out my Dreamcast stash over at the Dreamcast Junkyard...