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I can't sleep...and I need to...

Apr. 26th, 2006 | 03:31 am

Sometimes I wonder how people are able to afford even the simplest of things.

I mean I love video games, and there are so many games that I'd want to rent or buy, but the problem is that I have no money. I can understand younger gamers having their parents buy them games, but I notice people who are financially independent are still buying too? But how in the heck do you afford it? Between gas prices rising to incomprehensible levels and the more static level of income, wouldn't you be priced out of getting even older games on a regular basis?

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Spig

from: sin_ominous
date: Apr. 26th, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
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That depends on if one would keep buying games at the same rate despite the mentioned factors.

I know I have to budget myself now and then.

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Nangbaby

Maybe...but...

from: nangbaby
date: Apr. 26th, 2006 07:22 pm (UTC)
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True, but when I see the discussions about Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, I think to myself, "It's been six months since the game was relleased and I still haven't gotten around to playing that." Ansd like SotN, I won't get a chance to play it because I simply can't afford spending even an extra dollar.

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Spig

Re: Maybe...but...

from: sin_ominous
date: Apr. 26th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
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I can say the same for both Paper Mario games, the Conker re-release for X-Box (a system I do not own), We (heart) Katamari, the list goes on.

Backlogs can get quite big, but there's always due time, even if it takes a good number of years.

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Nangbaby

Re: Maybe...but...

from: nangbaby
date: Apr. 26th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
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You don't know how long my backlog is. There are more games I've forgotten about that I wanted to play than I actually remember, to the point where I often say, "forget it," instead of trying to collect them.

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Lillith

from: damaris
date: Apr. 26th, 2006 06:04 am (UTC)
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We rarely buy games at this point. Darkmoon gets his mostly for Christmas, his birthday, and our anniversary. He'll check the bargain rack for something he really "needs" when we're at the mall, but new games, it's really rare.

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Nangbaby

Argh...

from: nangbaby
date: Apr. 26th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
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I admit to doing that too, but it's become more and more lean in recent years. Even a couple of years ago, although I may not have been able to afford a slew of games, I could still count on the holidays/tax return time. In this past 12 months I've obtained a grand total of two games -- Mega Man X7 and Mario Kart DS (although I did get that USB connector, which could have been used for a third game). I mean I'm so out of the loop as far as games are concerned that even some of the games Darkmoon plays are foreign to me. I recognize them, but it's not the same as actually playing them. I've never played anything of the DMC, Jak, Ratchet & Clank, or any other series of the sort. I just feel so out of it.

If Ogre Battle had came out today instead of over a decade ago, I know I'd never play it -- and that's what scares me worst of all.

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evil_kieben

from: evil_kieben
date: Apr. 26th, 2006 08:31 am (UTC)
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Emulation is your friend.

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Nangbaby

Nothing like the controller

from: nangbaby
date: Apr. 26th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
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Emulation is just that...emulating the real experience of playing a game of having a controller in my hand. It isn't the same as turning on the console. And I wouldn't use emulators as a substitute for buying games anyway. Something about it just strikes me as wrong.

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Spig

Re: Nothing like the controller

from: sin_ominous
date: Apr. 26th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
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They make controllers for computers, y'know. Or peripherals that connect your PlayStation controller or similar directly to your computer.

You wouldn't use emulators for systems that are no longer being made?

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Nangbaby

Nope,,,

from: nangbaby
date: Apr. 26th, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC)
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Obviously emulators have their uses, and there are certain rare games like Ogre Battle that are best played on emulator due to both scarcity and gameplay mechanics. But I have a moral problem with using them to play games I never got a chance to play. Just because I'm broke doesn't give me the right to steal.

If there were a way to map the Super Smartjoy and use it to control PSX, GBA, and NDS emulators, I'd be tempted, but the answer would still be no.

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from: esnelpla
date: Apr. 26th, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
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Yet another reason why I'm playing Final Fantasy I.

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