I would describe myself as having an addictive personality; one who finds it impossible to practice both patience and consumer restraint. Nowhere is this more apparent than when it comes to video games. I�m the sort of gamer that has to have a game as soon as it comes out; I�m not interested in waiting until its price is reduced, or waiting for the �complete� game of the year edition. No. I have to have it now. I'll purchase multiple copies of games that I love because the developer added new content. I�ll re-buy the new model of a console because I hate being left with what my brain perceives as �inferior� technology. (Yes, I am one of those people who immediately pre-ordered the �slim� versions of both the Xbox 360 and PS3, as soon as they were announced).
The story I am about to tell is the crown jewel of my consumerism. It is a tale about my �400 copy of Grand Theft Auto 4
I have been called many names by friends who were there whilst this story played out, and they were not at all flattering. Ultimately, however, it proved to be a very good decision, as I was able to experience the incredible library of exclusive titles that the PS3 has to offer. I would have eventually purchased a PS3 � especially after MGS 4
launched � this just sped up the process. After I finished GTA 4
I remember feeling pretty silly. There was nothing else out there that I really wanted to play on the PS3, and for a couple of months I contemplated selling it. After doing a bit of research � looking at PS3 forums and YouTube videos � I quickly became aware of games like Uncharted: Drake�s Fortune
. These two incredible games made me excited to be a PS3 owner, and in the years to come other brilliant exclusives would only further validate my moment of consumer hysteria.
Long after I traded in my copy of GTA 4
, I still look upon the massive beast that is my original PS3 with fondness. I�ve since given the console to my girlfriend, on which she loves playing Ratchet and Clank
(and only Ratchet and Clank
, much to my exasperation!). In the end I can look back on my decision without regret, but for a moment in time, I was a shining example of what happens when someone with an addictive personality boards the hype machine. When one man�s impatience causes him to react without rational thought, and conclude that possession is more important than reason.
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