Here's How Friendship Can Save You Money Buying Videogames



PMI's recently acquired 9 more video games for the venerable PlayStation 3.

I AM GOING GAME CRAZY. WHAT? TOO SOON? 

A couple of months ago, I've had the pleasure of bringing you the heart warming tale of a lonely boy and a hunk of plastic, surviving a year of love, stabbing folk one eyeball at a time, and heartbreak. It was a feel-good post that you simply do not see anymore. Now I am again taking a break from passing harsh judgement on things people work hard on to reevaluate my growing PS3 library. On Nov 24th, it has accepted the following 15 video games into it's warm librarian cleavage. Bosom? Cleavage.
  1. Beyond: Two Souls
  2. The Last of Us
  3. Watch Dogs
  4. The Walking Dead: A Telltale Series
  5. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  6. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  7. Watch Dogs
  8. Bioshock Infinite
  9. South Park: The Stick of Truth
  10. Infamous
  11. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 
  12. Homefront
  13. Gran Turismo 6
  14. Uncharted: Drake's Deception
  15. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  16. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

That brings my total of PS3 games to 45, unintentionally maintaining my ratio of 2.6 video games per month. When I last revealed my lot of PS3 video games, most were third party, multiplatform video games, or big blockbuster AAA titles While that's not a bad thing, we have a saying here in Texas: The same chicken and dumplings ain't gonna keep suitors away when the cows come home. My craving for gaming variety has grown stronger ever since I bought Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
It is with that in mind that I set up a game trade with my friend a few days before Thanksgiving.

"Well here are my games." I organized them into a sliding scale from shooter to adventure-shooter to shooter-shooter-shooter. "In this game you're a white dude shooting dudes and in this game you're a white dude who shoots dudes who sometimes explores areas while doing it. My personal favorite is the one where you're the white dude who shoots dudes while exploring areas at the same time." We had a laugh about how eerie it is that video game heroes insist on being the same type of person. "Say, you're actually a Native American in this one, though!" I handed him my copy of Assassin's Creed 3. "Assassin's Creed 3 for Assassin's Creed 4?"

"Sure."

His library consisted of other AAA action adventure titles and a few Japanese RPGs. There were few overlaps between our lots, but thankfully we both love the action adventure genre of gaming. In the end, I walked away with the following never before played video games.

  1. Beyond: Two Souls
  2. The Last of Us
  3. Watch Dogs
  4. The Walking Dead: A Telltale Series
  5. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  6. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  7. Watch Dogs
  8. Bioshock Infinite
  9. South Park: The Stick of Truth
I of course had to say goodbye to the following video games.




It's a more than fair trade, I'd say, especially since I've heard terrible things form other publications about Beyond: Two Souls being woefully cheesy. Cheesiness is right up my alley, of course, but the reality is I've given up the Mass Effect Trilogy for a goddamned soap opera so, again, the trade was more than fair.

IN THE SEASON OF GIVING, CONSIDER FRIENDSHIP AS OPPOSED TO BONESTOP

Overall, we both benefited greatly from the trade. I received some games that I've been yearning to play since last year, and he received gems like Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Far Cry 3. This really goes to show that while video games are a needlessly expensive hobby, especially now-a-days with DLC and microtransactions frolicking about, you can still enjoy a lot of newer games if you have friends that own the same console as you. And if you are your friends are cool enough to where you can trade back whenever you want, you're all good to go.

Think about it, at a local BoneStop, the same 9 games I received would've cost me more that $100 when bought used, and they wouldn't offer a terms of agreement anywhere as lenient as what I had. I dare you to go into a game store, trade in a game, immediately ask to reverse the trade and observe what happens. Legend has it that by simply providing the clerk with your original payment method, a stool sample, and your mother's blood type, the clerk gains obligation to nullify the "No Backsies policy". Try it! (Don't try this).

Look, I'm not saying that your BoneStops and what-have-yous are bad places to buy video games, they're not. In fact, I recently bought all three Uncharted games from a BoneMart for around $15. I'm just saying that gamers should consult their friends for video games before plopping down $60 on a video game that'll depreciate faster than a BoneStop receipt after 7 days.

This paper is so valueless
that owning one actually harms your credit score.

In all seriousness, the next time you feel the urge to spend $60 on a video game, ask your buddies if they own it and if they'd let you borrow it. If not that, at least rent it, first. There's no return policy for gamer's remorse, after all.

THIS IS ALL FOR YOU, DEAREST GAMER

You know, one of the reasons that I enjoy writing for Plus Minus Infinity is because of how it allows me to communicate honestly about video games. Part of that honesty is recognizing that you cannot always buy new video games, and that's one of the reasons why I review many "older" titles on PMI. I bring you pure, honest impression of video games that you can actually afford in a flavor that only PMI can offer.

So basically, until we've reviewed all of the games in my collection, don't buy any new video games. Next time you're tempted to do so, stop and think "Golly, what would Caleb do?" Then, proceed to the cycling section and gawk like a toddler at the Mongooses you can't afford. Ha, I'm kidding, you ought to play lots of video games forever, actually, but you knew that. I am tremendously appreciative of how each month, roughly 1000 of you will take the time out of your day to read the silliness that I publish on this tiny corner of the internet. Its your love of gaming and unyielding support that keeps me motivated to keep writing about 'em.

Plus Minus Infinity will witness some pretty neat changes in the coming months, by the way. They include things like branching into other forms of media to bring you even more gaming silliness and prize giveaways. I only ask that you continue supporting PMI with your comments, suggestions, and referrals. It's cliche, yes, but it is very true: PMI would not be possible with you. And for that, I thank you. Now if you'll excuse me, I have lots of new games to play and you, sir or madam, drive safely out there during this holiday season. Happy gaming!

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