I love video games. If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you do too. You and I know gaming is an expensive hobby no matter how you slice it. Whether you want to talk about the cost of current systems, their games, and the relatively new concept of nickeling and diming us with downloadable content, or, if you’re like me, you’ve been seriously into collecting the retro stuff, gaming ain’t cheap. But how much is too much? When does a hobby transform into an obsession? Read on and try to figure out if my recent experiences are those of an enthusiastic hobbyist or an addicted madman…
I got back into video game collecting this year. One of the first things I brought was a Super Nintendo system. But it couldn’t be just any ole system. I have a tendency to like my video games mint and complete. It’s just the way I am, I don’t know why. This means the Super Nintendo system I brought couldn’t be yellow or have any other type of disfigurement. It had to include a box (mint condition), all paperwork (mint condition), and all hook ups.
How much would you be willing to pay for a like new complete Super Nintendo system with the Super Mario World pack-in? I bid on an Ebay auction and won. Cost? $292.95. A little higher than what I was expecting, but I was elated. I’d be one of the few people to own a pristine condition Super NES system with all the pieces- even the twist ties:
Considering the appearance of this set, I thought how often could I come across a SNES in such exquisite condition? Then I did some more research on the seller. This Ebayer posts immaculate condition NES and SNES systems every week! Past auctions of this seller allowed me to see similar conditioned sets going for about $200. After realizing this, I felt like I overpaid for it. The bidding went out of control as they sometimes do on Ebay. Unfortunately, I was the one left holding the bag.
Oh well. Live and learn. I’m very happy with what I got. It’s a real collector’s piece for sure (Gotta look on the bright side of things)!
Video Game Fever
The Super Nintendo purchase spurred into many game purchases on Ebay and Amazon. I developed what I like to call video game fever; An obsessive compulsive condition where you almost can’t stop yourself from buying and playing video games. I hate when I have this fever. It usually leaves me much lighter in the wallet. My fever didn’t constrain itself only to Super NES games. Oh no. Not by a long shot. I decided to purchase a Wii system:
I bought Wii games:
I bought Super Nintendo games of course:
I bought Playstation 2 games:
And Playstation 3 games:
Gamecube games too:
Even Genesis games:
Mind you all of this gaming goodness was purchased within a three month window! I almost can’t believe it myself. However these purchases separately are peanuts compared to my latest purchase…
On the Hunt for Rarity
There are some highly sought after SNES games that happen to be on my wishlist. There’s Hagane and Earthbound, for example. Another on my list is Pocky & Rocky 2. Thing is I like my games mint and complete. I’ve never in my life seen a mint and complete copy of Pocky & Rocky 2. That is until recently…
I just happened to do a search on Pocky & Rocky 2 on Ebay. I’ve done it dozens of times over the years. This was the first time however that I found for auction a complete copy of the game. Starting bid was $90. I knew I wanted it. I also knew it would come at a high cost. I still had the fever. When I initially saw the auction, I started pondering what my highest bid would be. I settled on $700. However, having thought about it some more, I decided my max bid would be $600, no more. After all I can’t spend ALL my money on games, right?
Like every good Ebay bidder, I waited until the final moments before bidding. It was up to $255 before I put my hat into the race. Five seconds left and I put my max bid of $600 in.
Guess what happened next? I won!
Auction ended at $305 before shipping.
Yup. What can I say? When I get that fever I go all out. When it dawned upon me what I have done these past 3 months, it had a sobering effect on me. I spent around $1000 on video games. Wow. That’s intense.
Luckily for me (and my wallet), my fever has just about gone away now. If I can get this passionate about video games, what else could I do if I were passionate enough? The sky’s the limit I suppose.
All’s Well That Ends Well
This isn’t the first time I contracted video game fever. It probably won’t be the last either. With now over 120 video games in my collection spanning many systems, I must ask myself how much more? I guess as long as I enjoy playing, I’ll continue to buy games.
This was just my own story about how a hobby can get wildly expensive. Does anyone else out there sometimes suffer from the dreaded video game fever? If so, tell us your story. Maybe we can commensurate together!
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