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Deciding what I want to do with a ton of old games

Discussion in 'Gaming Forum' started by Unlucky 13, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Team Rosen Staff Member Club Member

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    My wife and I are putting our house on the market next week, after living together since 2005. Back then, the PS2 was my console, and most of my video game stuff was related to that. In 2006, I bought my first PS3, which was backwards compatible, so I kept and still played a number of PS2 games, and gave my PS2 to a nephew. Four years later, that machine died and was replaced by another PS3, but this one of course lacking the ability to play PS1 and PS2 games, and I started to give away or trade in almost all of my older games except those closest to my heart.

    So, today, I'm cleaning out my entertainment center, and sorting through all that I have left. It includes:

    1 PS1 game, ironically Final Fantasy 9, one of my least favorite of the entire series. (I foolishly sold FF7 and FF8 in my early 20s because I was dirt poor and needed cash).

    13 PS2 games. Including FFX, FFX-2, FF12, Madden 06 & NCAA Football 06 - the last ones I bought for that generation, and a handful of games that were mostly my wife's.

    57 PS3 games. The 3 games from the FF13 series, plus the remaster of X. The first 5 AC games. The first 3 Uncharted games. The first two Dragon Age. ME 2 & 3. Eight Lego games. Eight Madden or NCAA titles. And a wide variety of others.

    21 PS4 games, all bought the last three years.

    Other than a few older editions of sports titles, I intend to hang onto all of my PS4 games. The question becomes which and how many of the PS3 games to give away to various nephews, since I still have a well functioning PS3. I'm willing to let all of the sports titles walk, with the possible exception of the final NCAA Football game, since they may not ever make another one. And we're hanging onto the Lego games and other ones that are kid friendly, as my oldest daughter is about big enough to start playing them. My question becomes how many of the rest I let go, and how many I hand onto for mostly collector and sentimental reasons.
     
  2. Deus ex dolphin

    Deus ex dolphin Well-Known Member

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    Keep as many games as you want, for whatever reason. I have game collections going back to the Sega Genesis, including about 20 PS1 games -despite the fact I have not had a working PS1 console for about 12 years. I tend to keep about 75% of the games I purchase though, and I have a working console for all of them except the PS1 games. Probably half are sports games of some sort, but by the time the new versions are out the trade in value is so low I just keep the old ones.

    I will never get rid of my NFL2K5, and still update some of the team rosters and play it a couple dozen times every year. It does help it is BC on the Xbox 360, so I don't have to keep my original Xbox hooked up to the HDTV. I also update and play All Pro Football 2K8 every year. Crazy that a sports game released back in 2004 is still my favorite football game of all time. Of course, my favorite tennis game is Virtua Tennis on the Dreamcast, which goes back to 2000. Four player games with my 'everything unlocked' game save will always be a blast to play.

    BTW, if you are selling and getting a bigger home, that just means more room for your videogame collections.
     
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  3. Desides

    Desides Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Sentimentality is nice, but do you have the storage space to hang on to things you likely will never touch again? I'd imagine you have higher priorities than storing games you aren't going to play. And many of those games will probably be remade at some point.

    Transitioning to digital makes this question much easier to answer. It's better to just be able to download and stream the game on demand than to put the discs in a box in the basement for a decade.
     
  4. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Team Rosen Staff Member Club Member

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    Well, space isn't a real problem right now, and though I know others love it, I don't really fully trust digital media. Plus, though its unlikely, I'm also holding out hope that the PS5 will have backwards compatibility for the PS4 and PS3.
     
  5. Desides

    Desides Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Don't count on it. The architecture changed on the PS4, which is why it's not backwards compatible with the PS3. It's possible the PS5 will be compatible with the PS4. But Sony has a cloud service for a reason.

    Why don't you trust digital? Downloadable media is far more long-lived than the notches on a DVD or BD.
     
  6. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Team Rosen Staff Member Club Member

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    I have a problem with paying for a digital copy of a game that I already own. For the most part, any remasters that I've gotten have been an improvement in some way over their original, and/or have included DLC that I didn't buy the first time around.

    And it may just be a product of my age, but I'm slow to trust digital media as of sole source. I always feel that if I have a disc, I can at least reload it. But if I've bought something online and it corrupts or fails, then I'm reliant on the provider to still offer it again in the future, and I simply have almost no trust in companies for that sort of thing.
     
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