The Retro Gamer’s Lament

July 5, 2007 by · 2 Comments 

Mario CoinI wonder how many other retro gamers have the same problem that I do: I want to buy way more games than I probably should.  I’ve already posted a couple of Latest Haul posts and even sent myself on a mission to get the hardware and software required to play Snatcher.  On top of that, there’s a whole list of TurboGrafx games that I want to get, and to make matters worse, I’ve had seven 3DO games sitting in my shopping cart at Game Express for weeks now, just waiting for me to click “Checkout.”

For newer systems, it’s easy to not buy too many games — it’s awfully expensive to do so.  But when you’re talking about retro systems, it’s not difficult to bury yourself in a pile of “new” games.  When most of the games you want are less than $10 (and a good chunk are less than $5) it’s kind of hard to tell yourself “No.”  But if you don’t resist, you could find yourself surrounded by unplayed games.

I know this is a lot of what I said on the About page, but since writing that, I’m starting to get the distinct feeling that The Retro Review Project might be backfiring a bit… Instead of just motivating me to play through my backlog, it’s really reinvigorating my interest in games, making me want to buy even more!  Crap!

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My name is Tim. I live in Chicago, IL. I'm a retro gamer.


2 Responses to “The Retro Gamer’s Lament”
  1. Steve says:

    Appreciate the extra pub you gave me in the last Sitegeist piece. Yeah, this is a long term project for you and me both. 122 reviews is a lot, and I too am striving to hit the 100+ mark one day. I lol’ed at your last sentence there. I guess I’m lucky in the sense that I have practically zero wants left on my to-buy list. I own over 400 US SNES carts and still haven’t played about 300 of them! That will keep me busy game-wise for two lifetimes =p

  2. Tim says:

    Haha, you may not have many more games to buy, but I don’t know if having a backlog of about 300 games to play qualifies as “lucky!” Though, if you enjoy it, then I suppose it does. I just find it kind of hard to believe that there are 400 genuinely fun SNES games. :)

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