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Acquisition: I Went �360 Further than You to Bring Home GTA 4

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 and Infamous. 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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About Yamagato333one of us since 12:22 AM on 10.01.2011

Hi, my name is Lyle.

I started gaming back in the Megadrive/Genesis era. The first real video game I ever played was Sonic and Knuckles. I used to spend hours trying to beat that game, and the lack of a save feature meant I had to constantly cover the console with a towel as a primitive means of not losing data; this was purely out of fear of my Mum switching off the console during the time I was at school. It wasn't until the N64 that I became a "hardcore" gamer. To this day it's still my all time favourite console.

I've always been a multi-platform gamer. I don't see the point in limiting myself to one console; I want to play all of the exclusives, son.

I have a wonderful, and ridiculously beautiful girlfriend (seriously, she's ridiculously beautiful). I'm not sure how I managed to get her to agree to being my girlfriend, especially considering my first encounter with her involved spilling a drink down her dress... Alas, five years later and we're still very happy. She's the best thing that ever happened to me.

I have a degree in English, and dream of one day becoming a video game journalist. It's a hard industry to break into, but I'm still young and very determined.

I'm currently playing these games:

- Assassin's Creed Revelations.
- Heavy Rain.
- Batman: Arkham City

I managed to get a blog posted on the front page:

I'm Not Sure You're Right For Me, Ganondorf
Xbox LIVE:Lyle333
PSN ID:Lyle333
Steam ID:DarthLyle
Mii code:Lyle333


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