With the recently announced impending retirement of Reggie Fils-Aime, I thought about the era of his presidency. What were all the games that I enjoyed playing since the early 2000s and why did I purchase them? I felt confident in recollecting all the games I owned up until the PS4 and Xbox One came out. Now, with multiple online video game stores like Steam, PSN, and the Xbox Games Store, access to video games are just a click and download away. I will quickly chronicle my own experience with having a surplus of games, why I do not think it is bad or a burden, and the importance of enjoying your purchase just as you enjoy playing the game.
The Ease of Racking Up Amazing Games
With the advent of snappy and functional digital video game marketplaces, a whole new world of video games were open to me that I wouldn’t have given a second look in a real-life store. The first digital purchase I can recollect taking great pride in was Mass Effect 2. I was browsing the PlayStation Store and for one reason or another, the game kept on grabbing my attention. I would linger on game page for minutes contemplating whether to purchase it or not. Finally, one day, my interest was piqued. I used my newly attained debit card back when I was a teenager and completed the transaction. That had to probably be the best $20 I have ever spent in my life. I would go on to thoroughly enjoy and platinum the game, purchase Mass Effect 3 right after I finished, and experience an excruciating wait for the Mass Effect 1 port to PlayStation. Because of the digital store, I was able to experience my third favorite video game franchise of all time, just behind Jak & Daxter and Metroid.
After my purchase of Mass Effect 2, the digital purchases continued. Almost all of my digital purchases are made due to a major discount of the product. PS1 games, Beyond Good & Evil Remastered, Tomb Raider (2013), Tom Clancy’s Future Soldier, Spec Ops: The Line, Dishonored, and more were added to my library. Another standout digital purchase for me was Persona 4 Golden on my PS Vita. Again, I absolutely adored that game, went on to buy Persona 5 day one, and the series is now one of my favorites. Recently, I have digitally purchased games such as Chrono Trigger, Parasite Eve, Xenoblade Chronicles (3DS), God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, and God Hand.
Alright; so you have all these games. Are you going to play all of them?
The intent behind every game purchase is that I at least see the game through to its end credits. However, when you factor in real-life commitments, other hobbies, and wanting to play certain games more than once either in its original form or through a remake/remaster (*cough* Metroid Prime Trilogy *cough* Final Fantasy 7 Remake *cough*), time can get pretty limited. Still, even though I have games and things that I can achieve in them to occupy me for the next few years or more, it is human nature to crave the newest products when it matches your preference and pertains to something you’re highly interested in. Currently, I am putting all other games aside to finish Kingdom Hearts III. I know I am going to be purchasing Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Astral Chain, and Super Mario Maker 2 this year for which I will again put all my other games aside to enjoy.
While this is far from an efficient way of catching up on all the games I already have, this is the most enjoyable method. Surely, you will not enjoy a game that you’ve been meaning to finish if, in the back of your mind, you’d rather be playing the a new game that just came out. This brings me to my next point. The joy of video games does not just come from playing, but also from purchasing. For digital games, whenever I get a fantastic deal for a game I am excited to play, it is a moment. Same with getting that Amazon package in the mail on release day or walking into my local game store to pick up a game copy. You are rewarding developers for bringing you a joy that is like nothing else.
Of course, spend within your budget and do not purchase games that aren’t pushing you over the tipping point of excitement. There are some caveats to this, such as being offered a hefty discount. I made the decision to not purchase Valkyria Chronicles 4 last year because I felt it didn’t do enough to distinguish the game from the original and Anthem mostly because of the lukewarm story. All in all, enjoy your games, enjoy having your games, and enjoy being a person who loves playing games. What is a digital purchase that you look back on very fondly? Do you prefer digital or physical copies of games? Let’s talk about it in the comments!
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