This is a topic I have been going over in my head for quite awhile that does not need much explaining. Much like the metaphor for life, playing video games is something we all have to do on a budget whether that is a budget of money, time, or energy/interest. Now, my only question is, what does it mean to you and how does that change? I will also take this change to tell my history of gaming. Click "read more" and let's go over it.
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Ghost Ranger - Gaming on a Budget/Growing up as a Gamer
I'm gonna be using my own story as an example so this may not directly reflect you, but I like to think my story is not uncommon. (I cannot speak for rich kids who got whatever they want.)
As a Kid - Limited Library
Time goes on, enter the next generation. Only had roughly 10 games for the genesis due to being a kid with no money and that trend continued into the next generation. Had PS1, half a dozen games but no memory card, then the system broke on my brothers and I. Never was able to get a Sega Saturn, so the N64 dominated those few years. We only really had Pokemon and Mario Party as big name games, the rest were bargain bin stuff. So, once again the library was limited. Both generations were the same story, little kids with few games that we played repeatably and appreciated greatly.
As an older kid & Teenager
As a Young Adult Till Now
Skipping ahead till now, I have all the systems I want and a huge pile of games to chose from. But, a lot of them I never touch and they just do not mean as much to me. I used to be at least familiar with the bulk of my collection, now I cannot remember what I do and do not have. While I still enjoy gaming greatly, it has become more of an escape for me and the time to enjoy them is less every year. Now, I game mostly by myself, with the occasional friend joining in and finishing a game has become almost a burden as it means I have to find another one to pass the time. If my younger self could only enjoy what I have now.
I cannot image what I will be like as an old man as far as gaming goes. Most likely I will not be able to keep up with the technology, but I cannot see myself ever completely losing interest. Maybe I will only watch let's plays, or stick to the old school stuff. Now, I am forced to think of the tough question, when is it time to sell the collection? Passing them onto kids is a nice thought, but there is a decent chance they will only want the newest stuff. The thought that I have to give up everything I've collected makes me sad, but so does the fact that so much of it does not get touched for months, even years. So, I would really like to hear from someone else, how has your various budgets effected your enjoyment in gaming and what do you think you will do with your collection when you become too old to enjoy it? Please comment or join our Discord server and we can discuss it. Till next time, this is Cendoo the Ghost Ranger, signing off.
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