Gamasutra: 11 Percent Of Gamers Own Unopened Games

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Rowdy Rob
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I'm guilty as charged; I must own at least a dozen unopened games. Here's a link to the Gamasutra article:

http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=20851

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Matt Barton wrote:

I know that's a common view, Mark, but I doubt the majority of gamers bother to read anything before buying games. They just go with what they hear or read on the box of the game. I agree, though, it's silly to buy a game without adequately researching it first.

Unless you are a collector. Three of my friends, I've known them since high-school and even before that, are huge collectors and I mean huge. They've stuffed houses with vinyl records, cd's, videogames and computers it is just insane. Close to your videogame and computer collection, which luckily is mostly confined to the basement. These friends have got their entire houses swamped in their collections. I am not such a big collector and probably as a psychological response tend to be more selective - but of course as someone of my generation I hoard stuff too. ;-) It did take me two months before opening that MsPacman c64 cartridge you know ;-)

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I know that's a common view,

I know that's a common view, Mark, but I doubt the majority of gamers bother to read anything before buying games. They just go with what they hear or read on the box of the game. I agree, though, it's silly to buy a game without adequately researching it first.

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Being more selective is what helps

Try to be more selective in what you get and in what you play. It'll be a more enjoyable experience overall.

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Matt Barton
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I seldom pirate games

I seldom pirate games anymore anyway. The only ones I download illegally are abandonware and cracks for games I own but don't want to deal with the copy protection. I play lots of different games and get irritated having to switch out CDs or DVDs all the time just because they don't trust their customers.

I find that games I purchase are more fun to play than those I download illegally. I think it's because I value the former more. On the flipside, though, it's really bad to spend a big wad of cash on a game and end up hating it.

It also helps that I have been getting plenty of games free as a reviewer. I've probably gotten well over $200 worth of games for review purposes.

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Something to ponder - in the

Something to ponder - in the last two years or so, all the videogames I bought were downloads. That does help with the problem of clutter.

Rowdy Rob
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Unopened Games Staring at Me
Matt Barton wrote:

Damn!!! this was great. I forwarded it to everyone I know. :)

WHOOPS...This is a mistake--I meant to post this about the video with Microsoft and the Matrix.. :)

Oh well, I'm sure this is good, too.

The Gamasutra article isn't THAT good! You'd have to be an ultra-nerd to forward this link to everyone!!! :-) The Windows/Matrix video was cool, though! (I, the uber-nerd, watched it many times!).

In my case, I started buying a lot of "bargain bin" games, and next thing you know, I have more legit games than most pirates have pirated games! I've given a great deal of them away, though, over time. I've had the videogame "The Movies" for half a year or more, but it's still in the shrink wrap waiting for me to play it, even though it sounds totally up my alley. Alas, I'll have to complete Baldur's Gate I & II (and possibly the expansions for each) before I get around to it, probably another year at this pace. (I got the BG I&II boxed set).

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I don't think I currently

I don't think I currently have any games I haven't at least opened. However, there are plenty that I have opened but never installed. I'm trying to get to my backlog, but I generally find that I'm less and less concerned about playing games all the way through that don't make me want to. I'd rather just find another game to play.

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Catatonic wrote:

I never had the collector's mentality, myself. But I do know people who buy games or DVD's and let them sit on the shelf forever. (Sadly, some of these people have a real hoarding problem and have junk all over the house.)

Unused/little used/unopened stuff for me tends to be videogames/movies, though I suppose you can throw the occasional electronic doo-dad in there as well.

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I never had the collector's

I never had the collector's mentality, myself. But I do know people who buy games or DVD's and let them sit on the shelf forever. (Sadly, some of these people have a real hoarding problem and have junk all over the house.)

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I don't have any

I don't have any unopened...unfortunately. I see copies of Legend of Blacksilver for the C64, unopened, going for over $500! If only I hadn't bothered to play it. Great article.

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