As I stood in front of the open cabinet that holds most of my games, deciding what was trade-in worthy and what wasn’t, it occurred to me that there are many games that I just can’t bring myself to part with. Whether it’s because it was my first entry into that particular series, a gift, or I just really liked that game, I had some kind of sentimental attachment to it. And it’s not as if I’ve had an urge to go back and play them or constantly think about them and the fun times I had; quite the opposite. I don’t seem to think back on them until I see them. Then I end up thinking to myself, “You must never, ever, get rid of these. You understand?!”
It’d be too much (and too crazy) to call them ‘sacred’, but that’s a pretty apt way to describe these particular games. Which leads me to a question I have to ask you, people that are reading this for some reason: Are there some games you’ll always keep with you? Why?
To name a few of my own, and because it’s only fair to share:
Pokémon (The Main Series) – The first series of games to ever have me fight off sleep as well as the closest anything is ever going to get to having me think that traveling around the world at age 10 is a good idea. I may not have the strength to watch the show anymore, but the games are still going strong. Also, Pokémon Yellow or go home!
Kingdom Hearts – First played by me at age 11, Kingdom Hearts was the first game in which I realized that games can do so much more than simply kill time. They can tell stories, create universes and convince you that a Keyblade is something worth owning.
Golden Sun – When was the last time you bought a game without looking into what it’s about first? The last time I did that was with Golden Sun; a game that I discovered while looking through a gaming magazine (remember those?) that only had a walkthrough of the entire game; no description, overview or plot summary. I’m glad that I found out about it though, because Golden Sun ended up being my favorite RPG on the GBA ever. Unfortunately, a dog I once had chewed on it, so it can no longer be saved to. Oddly enough I still have it, box and all.
The damage looks minimal, but trust me, it’s messed up.
Super Smash Bros. Melee – My first ‘system seller’. I bought a Gamecube (with my own money at age 12) only to play Melee, but neglected to buy a Memory Card so I had to unlock Luigi and Jigglypuff twice. That Gamecube may be gone, but the game and memory card are still around. It was also the first ‘fighting game’ that I got good at and one that I played long after it first came out.
Again, that’s just a few of mine, but I’m much more interested in hearing about the games other people get attached to and the reasons behind it. When it comes to something like this, I just find it interesting for some reason. How is it that we can get so attached to a product—some of which don’t increase in value over time—to the point that we become adamant on never giving them up?
Kyree didn't have an N64 or Dreamcast as a kid (so sad) and he doesn't remember finishing any of his PlayStation games, but skip to the PS2/GC/Xbox era and everything changed. He hasn't been outside to play tag in forever, but he can recall playing way too much Smash Bros. and even more Kingdom Hearts; seriously, he can recite lines from it. I think he may have a problem.
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As I stood in front of the open cabinet that holds most of my games, deciding what was trade-in worthy and what wasn’t, it occurred to me that there are many games that I just can’t bring myself to part with. Whether it’s because it was my first entry into that particular series, a gift, or I just really liked t