April 13, 2012
Having a conscience about trading in games
Any games retailer does it, excluding a few. Best Buy, GameStop, ToysRus, pawn shops, and other various retailers give you trade in credit for your used games. Typically it’s not what you want for the game but you decide that you are not going to play it anymore and might as well put the credit towards a future game purchase. This type of transaction happens daily countless times around the world daily, but what if you had to give games up to keep on top of the gaming world? What if the games you were trading in felt more like you were trading in friends for new ones, though the friends you were trading in held memories that you held dear? This happened to me a few years ago when I was going paycheck to paycheck, while trying to help this site get up and running and forging a way into the crowed internet space.
Games, to me, represent more than just a game, especially my collection that spans from the NES through the current generation. They represent memories, pictures of my past, especially with my brothers and close friends. I grew up in a small suburb and close to my friends. Every day after school or during the summer, it was always one house or the other, video game controllers in hand. My brothers and I were also close and avid gamers. Always talking, renting, buying, and playing video games; it was something that we all enjoyed and spent a lot of time together. I still remember one of the best times I had at a midnight release was with my brother at our local GameStop waiting for Halo 2, we met some great people that night and was just a great experience. Even though my brothers and I are far apart, my friends have moved and some have lost touch I look at the collection of games that I hold on to and see memories, times of when all that mattered was who was staying over where and what games we could play.
Around this time 2 years ago, I was struggling to make ends meet, trying to get this site going with others, and I didn’t have any extra cash for new games to keep up with the fast deployment of releases and I had to make a tough decision, I traded in some of my collection. It was something that took a lot for me to do and something now, which I look back on, something I should have avoided. I even took it a step further and traded in my Wii, which I wound up buying another one, but all the games that I had for it as well. The Metroid Prime Trilogy was among those and I still kick myself for ever letting that go. I am slowing rebuilding what I traded in, but I feel like I let the past down. I know these are just material possessions, and they shouldn’t matter this much. I am going on 28 when will I grow up and let these go? The answer to that is never. Some people still have home movies from decades ago, some people have picture albums aplenty full of the past, I have my game collection and with every game a memory, a story, a time that shared with friends or my brothers. A time that I had my grandfather sit beside me and tell me how accurate Medal of Honor: Frontline was. A small piece of my now distant relationship with my father, for every game I own there is a story.
Will I ever trade a game into a retailer again, the answer is no. I have gone through the heartbreak of seeing some memories disappear and I won’t let it happen again. I know some of the games I have I will never play again and that they are just taking up space on a book shelf. But let me ask you this, do you always keep photo albums of your past? My gaming collection is my past and this is one part of my past I will always love to reflect on.