My qualms as a “gamer”

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Just about the only thing anime-related in this post.

nullI know this probably has nothing to do with anime or manga but please bear with me for a bit. I really do try to avoid these type of posts but since I haven’t posted in a while, I just couldn’t help myself.

Lately I’ve been griping over the mass amounts of money that I’ve been pouring into the gaming industry recently. Aside from the obvious cost of purchasing the games themselves (unless you’re someone who pirates all their games in which case I can’t say whether I support you or not), there have been many “hidden” expenses that may or may not be really necessary. Whether or not this new “hidden” cost is really necessary could be viewed differently depending on the type of person you are. In my case, I’m most likely a person who’s been raised to penny-pinch but has the personality of an impulse buyer. It doesn’t help at all that I strive to get “not the best but the at least impressive” experience out of all my entertainment related business. This of course leads to many days of needing an Advil.



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Guitarfreaks / Drummania

This game is probably the main reason for my bitch whining. After attempting to play Venus on advanced for over several hours the other day and doing horrible job, I thought to myself if it really was me just sucking or if it was actually the controller (from Guitar Hero) damaging my performance even more (it’s most likely just me sucking). However, the more I played the more I noticed “missed” notes when I’m fairly sure I hit them. So after reading various forum posts and FAQs, I’ve further convinced myself that the problem was partially due to the Guitar Hero controller. Whether or not this is indeed the fault of the controller will probably be determined in the future.

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So what is the solution to my problem? Don’t suck as much? Probably. But for someone like me, who tends to not face reality when he doesn’t want to, there’s this. The official Guitarfreaks Arcade Style Controller. Starting at a whopping $249.99 (without shipping), the Arcade Style Controller gives the closest arcade experience at home. While I do not doubt the “true experience-ness” of the product, since I’ve researched a bit and it does seem to be legit, I’m just contemplating the worthiness of the product. Is it really worth it to lay down three-hundred big ones just to improve my experience and/or performance? Since I’m obviously not happy with the experience I get from a cheaper solution, I obviously should opt for the “better” solution right? Excuse my sarcasm. -_-;


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Gran Turismo (possibly 5 prologue but for now just 4)

Here’s another game that really encourages the “true-to-life” experience. You can of course play this game using a standard PS2 controller, or even a cheap third-party driving wheel. But if you want the “truest” possible you’ll need to get one of these…

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The Logitech G25 Racing Wheel. What this model features that the cheaper models don’t already are the clutch pedal, the six-speed shifter and probably an improved force feedback motor (while the motor is indeed quieter, I’m not sure if the feedback is actually improved from the previous wheels… so don’t quote me on that one ^^). Oh, and let’s not forget the hand-stitched leather. =P

For this bad boy you’re probably laying down close to $300 (depending on where you go). I’ve seen some for $229 at the cheapest but that doesn’t include shipping.


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Sorry I just couldn’t resist. =P

And of course… the PS3

Everybody knows about it so I’m just going to keep it short. $500 for the model that supports backwards compatibility… ‘nuff said.


I do admit that it’s an expensive hobby that I love and being the geek that I am I’ll probably never quit at it. It may not compare to the price tag of some other hobbies out there but, I still feel the pain of having your paycheck just swallowed by the tides of credit card bills.

Even if you don’t play games, you could probably relate to my situation when you’re staring down that ultra limited Gundam or Haruhi figure and whether or not you should lay down the big bucks for a plastic model. The costs of the two hobbies probably reach the same amount just because of the sheer volume of goods the anime/manga industry has. And since both the gaming and anime/manga industry share some of the same markets, you could say that they’re a bit similar. However, don’t take my naïve self too seriously. ^^;;

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11 Comments

  1. Posted January 4, 2008 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Hehehe, I can relate with your issues but I control my gaming expenses very well, so rarely I have cash issues. For example, I’m only going to buy my Ps3 in May, which gives time for actualized prizes and allows the games I really want to be released.

    Also, you suck at GH.

  2. Posted January 5, 2008 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    PS3 bought half a year ago I think, or some months ago, anyway.
    PSP arrived yesterday. Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness + Jeanne D´Arc bought and delivered, Tales of the World is probably comming with my CE of Devil May Cry 4.

    I don´t have much money, but still I manage to find these fun games… and above all, hopefully Disgaea 3 will arrive this year to the PS3!! A must buy!

    So gaming is expensive, but it gives so much in return, like pleasure, history classes or much more. Who thought Jeanne D´Arc could transform into a almost invincible knight? History classes never was this fun!!

  3. Lazy McChan
    Posted January 5, 2008 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    I sympathize with you, I also ignore the voice in my head that says buying xxxxx game is a bad idea. I really want a PS3, but after spending hundreds of pounds on PS2 games, I’m still trying to judge if its worth it or not considering the backwards compatible one is not in the market here and when it does its likely going to break the bank. *Starts buying cup noddles*

  4. Posted January 5, 2008 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    I can sympathize with your plight to an extent I also spent an ungodly amount on games in 2007. While there are more good titles than dollars in one’s wallet that’s what friend and family are for. My younger brother and I pooled resources for a Wii, I got a 360, and he was gifted a PS3 (80GB). As I am the current owner of the superior and larger HDTV we simply share gaming expenses. He gets the PS3 titles, I get the 360 ones, and we split on the Wii stuff (usually). I also lend and borrow games from my buddies. It also helps to have a Gamestop District Manager as a fellow comrade in arms…

    Though for my DS I just got a Zelda themed DS Lite and gave my old one to my folks. I also spent an ungoldy amount there as well, but Contra 4 and Phantom Hourglass were worth every penny.

  5. Posted January 5, 2008 at 5:22 am | Permalink

    beatmania IIDX’s controller only goes as much as USD 100. Just saying :P

    I would have to admit though, gaming is expensive; moreso if you have to use special controllers, and it’s even worse if you don’t pirate (*cough* unlike me *cough*).

  6. Posted January 5, 2008 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    @nabga: Yep, Disgaea 3 is one of the games I’m waiting for…

  7. Posted January 5, 2008 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    @Extrange: Yeah I’m holding out as long as I can for a PS3. I will have to get one eventually when the .hack//G.U. movie comes out on bluray plus all the games that I’m really waiting for are released (Disgaea 3 ^^).

    @manga: I really like Disgaea on PSP. It’s pretty well made for a PSP game (barely any loading and no slow downs) unlike FFT for the PSP. Jeanne D’Arc and Tales of the World are pretty cool too but I stopped playing them after a while.

    @Lazy McChan: That’s too bad to hear that there’s no backwards compatibility in your region. On a related note, I heard a lot of PS3s have been burning up and being exchanged for new ones out here… has that been happening where you live as well?

    @Crusader: Yeah it’s good to have family who will help you with your gaming expenses. In my case I’m usually the one spending the most on games since everyone else in my family who are interested in games have their PCs. One of my nephews has his Wii that he got for his birthday but aside from the fact that he doesn’t have many games on the system, he’s been very stingy with sharing it.

    @Zeroblade: I think you might be talking about the regular console beatmania controller. The official arcade style controller goes up to $400 from what I’ve seen. I don’t know the exact differences between the two but I’m pretty sure all the hardcore players are wanting the more expensive one.

  8. hypertoast
    Posted January 5, 2008 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Because of the sheer amount of money that this stuff costs, I have vowed to not play any game that doesn’t have a pc port and not to buy any merchandise other than dvds and manga. So far I have saved a lot of money but had to endure much agony at the things that I could have bought…

  9. KaeBoo
    Posted January 5, 2008 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    you are so like my best friend at work. He complains so much about the expenses he has for gaming and gaming peripherals, but he never really tries to control it. There are attempts, I know, but you really have to plan your expenses at one point or the other.

    :p

  10. Progenitor
    Posted January 6, 2008 at 2:14 am | Permalink

    haha =p, i play pc games and used to winge about things like price but then i found a website http://www.msy.com.au and the website looks completely dodge but i went to the store in the city and had a look and was dumbfounded. i could build the pc i built myself with staff discounts from it warehouse which cost $2600 for just under $900 first i cried then i upgraded. so if you live in australia or feel like a holiday check out msy.

  11. Progenitor
    Posted January 6, 2008 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    also last post takes some skill to read sorry

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