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Do you have any regrets when it comes to gaming? A game you bought full price which turned out to be dog shit? A game you decided not to purchase that would later become a collectible? etc etc?

Personally, my biggest regret was not buying one of these 14 years ago:



Nintendo was selling them for $100. At that time I was nothing but an 11 year old boy. I am sure I could have convinced my parents to pick it up for me as a birthday gift or what have you. I remember seeing the website for it and it was glorious.

This is the only AD I could dig up for it. (I remember there being 2-3 in total)



This machine still interest me but unfortunately it has shot up in price over the last few years. If I ever ran into it at a gaming expo, fleamarket, garage sale I would be more than willing to spend up to $120 for it. Just to satisfy my twisted needs. But any thing more than that is a hard pass from me.


The other regret I have (which is not as big) is not purchasing one of these



And while some of you might say: "S.O.H. dont you have a vita? You can play that things entire library and then some!" While you would be correct... IDC. I really liked the form factor of this machine and the fact that it is pocket size. (I actually have a psp 3000 lying around somewhere which I dont use.

I am not as distraught about not having one of these as I am with the gameboy micro (not really distraught just a missed oppurtunity) But end of the day these two items would make me very happy to have because I think they are cool looking and I really like the pocket size factor of each.

Here is an ad for it:




Last but not least is this:



I can buy one of these now....but realistically after owning 2 iterations of said handheld already and trading them off/ giving it away as a gift it would make no sense to me to do so. I find something.....charming? about these things. The concept of which makes since on paper... but it is so fucking absurd to see one in the wild.

here is an ad:



it looks like some sick twisted april fools prank... but it is not.


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A game you bought full price which turned out to be dog shit?


No Man's Sky. I justified not refunding it on the basis that it would be better a couple years down the road.

It's been a few years now and it's still dog shit.

Posted May 24th by Xhin
Xhin
Nature is beautiful

Selling Rule of Rose worth 250£ now sold for 7

Edited May 24th by Brandy

I paid actual money for the first Harry Potter game on PS1. Even though I was like 11, I knew it was bad. It was the first game that I thought was dog shit. There were other games that I played as I kid that I knew weren't of great quality, but there were reasons that I liked them. Sorcerer's Stone was dog shit.

I also paid actual money for The WarZ, now renamed to Infestation: Survivor Stories, a DayZ rip-off made by a scam artist. It was so shit that it was the first game that I paid for that I removed from my Steam account.

Edited May 24th by Cruinn-Annuin

When I was about 25, I got laid off from my job at the time and was searching for work. During that time period I decided to sell some of my games and systems. This has lead to some regrets:

  • I sold my PSone console that I bought when I was 18 and I barely got $15 for it when I originally paid $50 at Best Buy.
  • I also sold my GameCube that I bought a couple years later, I think I got around $30 when I originally paid $100.
  • I sold off a bunch of games ranging from SNES/PS1/PS2/GC/XBOX. Again, I got hardly anything for them but originally paid full price. To add salt to the injury the prices of many of those games today have gone way up.

  • One of my other regrets is not getting my old CRT TV from my parents house before they threw it out. It was an Emerson 19 inch TV that I bought in early 2002 and still worked perfectly. Problem was I was still active duty at the time and didn't have room for it in my barracks room. Then about 5 years ago, my father thought it didn't work (even thought I had told him many times that it still did and I still had the remote) and threw it out without asking me first. I wish I had found a way to bring it up with me before he did that.

    Over the years I have re-bought many of the things I sold off long ago, somehow I ended up with 2 GameCubes. I bought a original PlayStation that is modded to play burned games which I probably wouldn't have done if I still have my original PSone console. Now I pretty much hold onto every console and game I get which is why I now own over 20 consoles and a ton of video games much to the annoyance of my wife.

  • Edited May 24th by Q
    Q
     

    Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii). Played 30 minutes and returned to walmart. I'll never touch a Good-Feel game again.

    Posted May 24th by Bubba
    Bubba
     

    No Man's Sky. I justified not refunding it on the basis that it would be better a couple years down the road.

    It's been a few years now and it's still dog shit.


    Really? I've heard that it has improved a lot since launch.

    Posted May 24th by Vandy

    Steam in general. Bought several games on the cheap that I never touched. The only game I really played on the platform was Dark Souls. I'm tempted to pick it up for the Switch, but its tough paying $40 for a game that you bought for $5 6 years ago.

    Posted May 24th by Bubba
    Bubba
     

    I paid actual money for the first Harry Potter game on PS1. Even though I was like 11, I knew it was bad. It was the first game that I thought was dog shit. There were other games that I played as I kid that I knew weren't of gret quality, but there were reasons that I liked them. Sorcerer's Stone was dog shit.


    I actually liked that game as a kid.... fuck the chess level though. I never beat it :(

    Posted May 24th by S.O.H.
    S.O.H.
     

    Back when I was 12 or so I wanted some money to buy another game (forgot which) and so I sold my N64 copies of Super Mario 64, Pokémon Stadium, Pokémon Snap, Toy Story 2, Bomberman 64, and Bomberman Hero. With many of them the other people bought them at such low prices (in 2002). I think in total I probably didn't get more than $50 and now those total would probably be at least $120, especially the Bomberman games. This low price was true for Pokémon snap which my mom misspelled then someone bid on it for 99 cents (once a bid was placed you couldn't edit the ad) then nobody else bid on it because nobody could find it misspelled.

    That was my only regret for a long while.

    Later two games wrecked me for preordering to the point that from 2014 until 2 days ago (with my preorder of Mario Maker 2) I only ever preordered Smash Bros or a Rockstar game. Those two games were Assassin's Creed III and Watch Dogs. Assassin's Creed III was just ok but I feel that I didn't need to preorder it, then they added a shit ton of DLC and it just made me feel cheated. Watch Dogs I was super hype for but the product wasn't what they promised exactly. After Watch Dogs specifically I just stopped preordering for a while. I usually end up getting the games like a year later for heavily reduced prices (we're talking down to $20 or less).

    Only game I can remember buying where I eventually said "wow that was not great, what was I thinking?" was when I got Excite Truck. It was kinda fun but heavily lacking in any replay value.

    Posted May 24th by Fox Forever

    I paid full price for devil may cry 4 on xbox 360 and hated it. Of course I bought it on suggestion of my friend.

    He liked it at least. I don't like it at all.

    Posted May 24th by I killed Mufasa
    I killed Mufasa
    long live the king

    I sold my N64 and 20something games to buy some Medal of Honor game for the original XBox that I don't even remember the full title of. I have another N64 now that I'm an adult, but only 4 games for it.

    I also sold my Gamecube and all of its games, but I don't even remember what I bought with it. This one hurts less because there's only a couple of GC games I really, really like, I've already rebought all of them, and the Wii has backwards compatibility so I never had to rebuy a Gamecube. Still very stupid.

    Finally, I bought the season fucking pass of Fallout 4. While the N64 and GC hurt more than losing 60 bucks or whatever it was, I feel like I can be forgiven for selling all of that because I was a dumb kid. But an adult should know better than to ever buy a season pass, especially for what was obviously going to be a not good game. Shame on me.

    Posted May 24th by The Bandit

    I found Pokemon Snap very disappointing at the time. The small number of stages combined with the incomplete roster of "snappable" Pokemon didn't sit well with me at the time, but I've softened on it now.

    The two dollars I spent on The Longest Journey was a small price to pay to learn that I am fundamentally at odds with obtuse point-and-click puzzle solving, but I still kinda wished I'd known better.

    I almost got a Sega Saturn as a kid, but ultimately turned it down for the N64. Now sure, I still have the N64 hooked up to a television and it has several of the best games ever made on it (Star Fox, OoT, Majora's Mask), but this was an opportunity for me to be an insufferable Saturn Snob for the rest of my life. Now all my affectations of Saturn appreciation have the character of what I imagine it is like to be a filthy commoner suddenly granted lordship. I can wax mournful over the underappreciated genius of Nights into Dreams or make perverse arguments favorably comparing Sonic R to Mario Kart, but the artificiality of this presentation will be obvious to anyone who was really a true Saturn partisan at the time... On a more serious note, Dragon Force is a wonderful game that would have captured my imagination at age 8 the same way Fire Emblem would do at age 15. It also costs boatloads of money now, since it was a localized Saturn RPG with limited distribution.


    Edited May 24th by Famov

    Most recent regret is buying Darksiders on switch. I bought it for the black spinal (misprint), but the fucking seller gave me the red one. I never returned it, and it's been like 3 weeks. I'm sure it's a decent game

    Posted May 24th by ShadowFox08

    Really? I've heard that it has improved a lot since launch.


    It has, but it's still dog shit:

  • The procedural generation, which is what is supposed to make it good, is still just the same models and terrain patterns over and over with palette swaps. Things that you discover and "find" like alien ruins are all exactly the same.

  • The core of the game is resource gathering and crafting. I like these kinds of games. However, there's been absolutely no thought put into the way they do this -- it's really just a bunch of grinding for the next incremental update. The tiers don't feel good, there's nothing really good to strive for either.

  • Combat is still awful.

  • The UI in general is a terrible experience, even with the updates they've done with it.

    The Beyond update looks like it might fix some of these issues.

  • Edited May 24th by Xhin
    Xhin
    Nature is beautiful

    When I was 5, I had an original SNES with Super Mario World, Super MarioKart, and Kirby Super Star. Once it stopped working right instead of repairing it I sold it for an N64. Now, I wish I had found a way to keep both.

    Launch day of the Wii, I bought Red Steel. Yeah, not the greatest game in the world. Good news is I got Twilight Princess for Christmas, but still... I should've bought that launch day, instead!

    Posted May 25th by mariomguy

    I thought you were raving about that game, mariom.

    Posted May 25th by ShadowFox08

    I don't know that I have any regrets in terms of purchasing stuff. Mass Effect: Andromeda was garbage, but I didn't pay full price, so whatever. The Yu Yu Hakusho game was god awful, but meh. Whatever.

    What I regret, though, is not taking better care of some older systems and cartridges. My SNES, N-64, and Dreamcast all stopped working, and I think it had more to do with my lack of caring for them than anything.

    Posted May 25th by Jet Presto

    I thought you were raving about that game, mariom.

    At the time, any amount of pointer controls was amazing. But as time moves on, it's not enough for pointer controls to be the main selling point. Yeah, I had a lot of fun with The Conduit online, and Red Steel was fun, but it really should've been a much better game, all things considered.

    Another big regret is not playing Banjo Kazooie. I received the game as a gift, played it once, then never again. Turns out it was one of the highlights of the N64, and I completely passed up on it.

    Posted May 25th by mariomguy

    I once traded my entire PS1 collection for an N64 with like one or two games. Big mistake on my part. Luckily, I have most of the games I lost back and an expanded N64 library. I'm still missing Final Fantasy Tactics, but yeah. Big regret.

    I bought The Last Story at full price. Coming in off the hype of Xenoblade Chronicles and a game made by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, I had high hopes for The Last Story. Suffice to say, it was a complete disappointment of a game. I beat it, but I would never recommend it.

    Posted May 28th by Laxan
    Laxan
     

    I'm still missing Final Fantasy Tactics, but yeah. Big regret.


    A great game, I still have my PS1 copy that I bought 16 years ago. Amazon has it listed as Very Good with case for $18.95 with $4.49 shipping incase you are interested:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00002SVWG/ref=olp_page_next?ie=UTF8&f_all=true&qid=1559050361&sr=8-1&startIndex=10

    Posted May 28th by Q
    Q
     

    If you have a ps3 or vita its even cheaper than that on psn.

    Posted May 28th by I killed Mufasa
    I killed Mufasa
    long live the king

    There is that option as well.

    You could also buy a PlayStation Classic and mod it to add the ROM to it.

    or you could emulate it on your PC.

    You have many options.

    There is also the PSP version that's pretty good.

    Posted May 28th by Q
    Q
     

    My biggest gaming regret is having been a Nintendo fanboy earlier in life and sticking with just a Wii for that entire generation and not getting a PS3 or 360 sooner. I'm still trying to catch up to this day. There are just so many amazing games I missed out on over the years.

    Edited May 28th by Jo Nathan

    ^ That's a bad one. If you missed out on LBP, servers are now down, so you missed out on one of the greatest games and online experiences of all time :(

    Posted May 28th by mariomguy

    Funnily enough, LBP is one of the games I picked up when I got my PS3 so I've had that for a good number of years now.

    Posted May 28th by Jo Nathan

    Yay! But did you play it online? The online play-create-share experience was absolutely the best! Getting random people in your pod was amazing :)

    Posted May 28th by mariomguy

    Crowd-funded Starbound. And a handful of other early-access titles that either crashed and burned or should have.

    Still haven't beaten Dark Souls 1.

    Posted May 28th by Count Dooku

    Thanks, Q! I would like to own the original or War of the Lions and play it blown up on a big screen.

    I wish more Strategy RPGs had stories on the same quality as FF Tactics.... Then I would play them more.

    Posted June 3rd by Laxan
    Laxan
     

    I'm still trying to catch up to this day. There are just so many amazing games I missed out on over the years.


    Yeah that's a huge one for me. I've just been busy as fuck and/or broke. I've been doing kinda the PC Master Race thing for a while because I use computers for other things so the console is free and also the games were cheaper for a long time -- there is at least indie games in online stores now but for a long time if you wanted a new game on a console you were going to shell out some major $$$.



    Posted June 3rd by Xhin
    Xhin
    Nature is beautiful

    Crowd-funded Starbound.


    I actually like starbound, just haven't gotten around back to it yet. Really really wish it had a 3ds port.

    Posted June 3rd by Xhin
    Xhin
    Nature is beautiful

    I think Starbound is probably fine if you don't compare it to Terraria... But otherwise it just feels so weak in pretty much every aspect by comparison.

    One of the main letdowns of Starbound for me is the combat just plain sucks. I realise it's not "the" focus but a good chunk of your time in the game is going to involve the combat.

    I also think they lean to heavily on procedural generation. I'm really not interested in "exploring" a randomly generated planet that I am going to leave as soon as I have vaguely the amount of things I need. Whereas Terraria only uses procedural generation to diversify reruns, and it's way more interesting to learn a map that you are going to spend your entire run of the game on. I think to sum it up, Terraria has a much more focused and refined gameplay whereas Starbound thinks that 'more is better', which it isn't when what you're doing in that more is not all that interesting or fun.

    I could keep going on this but basically no matter how many times I play it, I never really enjoy Starbound whereas I can keep going back to Terraria and keep enjoying it.

    Posted June 3rd by Moonray

    Terraria definitely has a much tighter experience. You have a clear sense of progression (well unless you're like me and you mine hell with a shark in cactus armor)

    Posted June 3rd by Xhin
    Xhin
    Nature is beautiful

    I actually like starbound, just haven't gotten around back to it yet. Really really wish it had a 3ds port.

    I really wanted to like Starbound. I've made several attempts over the years to get into it, but the core gameplay just doesn't hold up for me.

    The combat is incredibly clunky and lacks any semblance of depth. Last I played I think it was still divided into basically three 'types' of weapons - melee, ranged (guns), and magic with corresponding sets of armor and a handful of techs. Most enemies have very basic behaviors and feel like a chore to fight. And that's before you compare it to Terraria, which has a massive variety of weapons, armors, and abilities to work with.

    Then there's the building mechanics. You've got several races with their own unique building styles, furniture, materials, etc. It's great, even compared to Terraria, on paper. At least until you start actually trying to make something. Then you'll quickly find out you need a billion crafting materials just to make one room. Terraria can require a bit of grinding for building materials, especially in the late game, but it's not nearly as 'expensive' (in terms of time or materials) to make things.

    The only thing Starbound really has going for it is the exploration and procedurally generated 'infinite' universe. Even a large map in Terraria is limited, and eventually most of it will be explored and plundered if you have a few people playing. That will never be an issue in Starbound, since there are always new planets to explore which might have their own villages, dungeons, treasures, etc.

    And ultimately that's the big issue with Starbound. The joke everyone made when I backed it was that it would be 'Terraria in Space'. The devs managed to deliver on the 'in Space' part, but they didn't even come close to delivering on the gameplay.

    Posted June 3rd by Count Dooku
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