I’ve talked before about my reluctance to “go next-gen” because I constantly feel behind on older releases. There’s another side to that, though. Whenever I get a new system, I suddenly find myself staring down a whole new library of everything that I had missed over the past couple years or so.
I tend to be reminded of this phenomenon whenever I upgrade my computer, which happened again recently. Suddenly, all those games that were barely better than slideshows on my previous system actually become playable, which means I inevitably spend a weekend installing every game I’ve ever owned just to see how they run. When I’m done with that, I move into impulse buy territory.
Thankfully, Sins of a Solar Empire has so far been the only new PC game that I’ve purchased this year, which is good for both my conscience and my pocketbook. On the other hand, now I own a PSP-3000, too, which means that it’s back to traversing that same, familiar minefield. I already have three games of varying quality for the thing, but here I am scheming to buy more. After all, I simply must own Mega Man: Powered Up, Gundam Battle Universe, and Macross Ace Frontier. God forbid I enjoy the games I already have.
This happens to everybody, though. You get a shiny new toy, and you feel compelled to indulge in the novelty, the newness. What you have here, my friends, are the wonders of consumerism. I just hope one day that I’ll find it in me to take a deep breath and stop cluttering up my house with games that I probably don’t have time to play. Until then though, I’ll be right there will you on that big old capitalistic hamster wheel. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve gotta go finish preordering my copy of Gundam Vs. Gundam.