Collecting Videogames VS Playing Them: Where Do You Stand?

I have recently stumbled on an article about the new world record for the largest videogame collection, which made me think about how many games we buy but we don’t actually play, not having enough time or for other reasons.

To be honest, it has happened to me more than once to buy a game and not play it for a while (even months or years in some cases). Maybe I bought them because they were heavily discounted, because I wanted to play them immediately after finishing the game I was currently playing, or even because I knew they were a good game and that they were worth buying. The result? I have a huge backlog of games that I still need to play, and I suppose many of you are in the same situation.

I was a collector myself in the past (although my collection is obviously worth much less than $700,000 to $800,000 like the collection of the current world record holder), but I gave that up over the years because I decided to focus on gaming rather than on collecting. The increase in the number of limited edition of videogames that are not limited at all has also helped in taking this decision. It just makes me laugh when I see a limited edition of a CoD game, of a FIFA game or even of a Final Fantasy game, because I know that a) they won’t be worth anything in the future and b) they are mass produced like the regular versions. I still admire those who collect games though, it is amazing to look at huge videogame collections: Rooms filled with awesome game boxes simply leave me in awe 🙂

To be honest, though, if a collection becomes too big, then it becomes almost excessive, it almost looks like you are a videogame buyer rather than a collector, earning as many games as possible just for the sake of it (or maybe even out of habit) rather than because you are genuinely interested in owning those games.

What do you think? Are you a collector or are you a gamer? Make sure to leave your opinion in the comment section down below 😉

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Is The Price of Digital Downloads Completely Wrong?

Screenshot 2014-02-21 14.51.07I am not talking about DLCs (we can have a discussion about that in the future as well, I think it’s worth a mention of its own), but about the price of full, digital games. Is the price of digital games completely wrong or not?

This question came to my mind after I started thinking about buying Persona 4 Golden for the PS Vita. Right now it’s £34.99 on the PlayStation Store, while Amazon UK is selling it for £15.99. Initially I wanted to get the digital version of the game because I wanted to keep my PS Vita digital only, both because I think it is a very suitable choice for a handheld console and because I already have a good collection of digital PS Vita and PSP games thanks to the voucher included in my PS Vita bundle.

Obviously, I have already reconsidered this. The price difference in this case is just too big to justify the digital purchase. And this is where the big question comes in: should digital games cost more than their physical counterparts?

One could argue that they should be (much) cheaper because publishers earn more money on digital versions since there are no production expenses like for physical games. On the other hand, though, one could say that it is right for them to cost more than physical games because of their advantages (they are always tied to your account, no risk of loss, you can carry them all with you without the need to carry a bunch of boxes or cartridges around, you can buy them even outside shop opening hours etc.) But then again, physical games can be resold as preowned, making them even cheaper.

I personally think that digital games have undoubtedly many advantages over physical games, but if there needs to be a price difference, this should not be too big. For sure, digital games cannot cost more than double their physical counterparts.

What do you think? Is the price of digital downloads too high or is it pretty much right (i.e. their many advantages justify their higher price tag)?

Rayman Legends (PS Vita) First Impressions

Rayman Legends Box

I knew it was only a matter of time before I bought Rayman Legends. I have already played Origins on my PS3 and I have liked it so much that I started hoping for a sequel while I was still playing it. I completed everything in that game, including The Land of the Livid Dead level, which in turn granted me a platinum trophy.

So, after playing with Legends with my girlfriend for a while (she already had a copy of the game), I finally found it at a good price and I decided to go for the PS Vita version, making it my first physical game for the console. The first impressions are, not surprisingly, great.

The game plays fantastic as usual, it’s fast paced, the level design is brilliant and the music is awesome. Nothing new so far, but the daily and weekly challenges are a great addition and can make the game last much, much longer. In addition, the PS Vita controls are used in a pretty good way, making you control Murfy with your finger (lifting platforms, killing enemies etc.) or using the gyroscope to incline platforms in a certain direction. It also looks easier than Origins, with regards to collecting the Lums: in Origins it was sometimes quite tough to collect 350 Lums in every level, but now in Legends collecting 600 Lums in every level is usually not that hard, also because you don’t need to hit every enemy twice to get the maximum number of Lums out of them.

Here you go, a quick post with the first impressions on Rayman Legends. I am sure I will spend many hours on this game, and rest assured that there will be more posts about this game in the following days and weeks!

Motorstorm RC: Seriously Flawed but Highly Addictive!

Motorstorm RC Logo

Motorstorm RC was one of the games included in the voucher that came when I bought the PS Vita the other week, and it was the first one I installed because I wanted to see how it was compared to the other Motorstorm titles and because I fancied a portable racing game.

The first surprise came immediately after launching the game for the first time, when you realize that this is not the typical Motorstorm game. The RC in the title, in fact, stands for Radio Controlled. To give you a better idea of what this game is like, let me leave you to the official Sony trailer:

So this is Micro Machines Motorstorm, really. I am not saying it’s better or worse, it’s just different. I have never been a fan of the Motorstorm series (well, it would be better to say that I don’t like it), so I wasn’t expecting to like this either. Instead, the game gave me a few good surprises.

First of all, the game is just perfect for a handheld device. The pick-up-and-play gameplay, due to the quick challenges in the game (never more than a few minutes long) is perfectly suited to the portable nature of the PS Vita. Also, it is incredibly addictive, making you want to do just another race every time. I completed all the events with 3 gold medals in just a couple of days probably.

To be honest, there are not so many challenges in the game, so it won’t take long to complete the game. What might take longer is getting the gold trophies which require you to complete all the challenges in each of the four areas of the game within a specific amount of time. These are not very difficult, although they might prove challenging. I have gotten all the trophies with the exception of the two online ones and the final gold trophy, which requires you to set a global time through all the challenges in less than 40 minutes. I am currently standing just above 41 minutes but I don’t feel like going for it. I just don’t think that it’s worth it.

And this is because the game, in my opinion, has a seriously flawed control system. Most importantly, you have to get used to the weird camera angles (you cannot use the classic, behind-the-car view) and consequently weird steering controls. Also, some of the later challenges involve using cars that are just too fast to be controlled properly, making the game become quickly frustrating and just not fun anymore. I am sure it can start to feel natural again after a little bit, but after getting 192/192 gold medals it still felt wrong to me, so there might be more to that than a simple getting used to it.

Overall, the game is fun and perfect for a quick game on the run. Also, if you are that type of person, the trophies are stackable, meaning that a trophy that you unlock on the PS Vita will also be unlocked on the PS3 (and viceversa). But the control system is just not very good, and this makes some of the later challenges (and going for the platinum trophy) quite frustrating and not very entertaining. I am happy to have played it but I would never have done so if I had not got the game for free. So if you are as lucky, go download it and give it a try. Otherwise, I think that you can spend the money on better racing games (for example Wipeout 2048: stay tuned for the review).

Have you played Motorstorm RC? What do you think about it? Did you like it? Make sure to share your opinions in the comment section!

How To Take a Screenshot On The PS Vita

PS VitaUnlike the 3DS, which only allows taking screenshots in certain situations, the PS Vita allows you to take screenshots anywhere, anytime. You just need to press the Playstation button together with the Start button.

Your screenshot will be saved on your memory card and you can will be able to see it from the Photos app, in the Gallery section. You can also send it with the Messages app or share it via email (after setting up an email account on your handheld).

The PS Vita Is Here!

IMG_20140203_174323No, not the new, slim one. I bought a PS Vita the other day and it has finally arrived! I have been thinking about it for a few months but I have always decided not to buy it. Then I found a really good deal and I thought “Now or nevah!”. So I bought it 🙂

Enough for now, let the pictures speak for themselves:

PS VitaIMG_20140205_094144 IMG_20140203_174651 IMG_20140203_205826The Mega Pack included a voucher for 10  games:

  • Little Big Planet PS Vita
  • Wipeout 2048
  • Motorstorm RC
  • Little Deviants
  • Frobisher Says
  • Ecolibrium
  • Ratchet & Clank Size Matters (no, not a porn movie)
  • Lemmings
  • Hungry Giraffe (*_*)
  • The HD Adventures of Rotating Octopus Character

So far I have only played with Motorstorm, but not enough to be able to say anything more than “quite addictive”, so there will be more content on these games in the following days.

The Mega Pack also included a 16 GB memory card, a very good thing because they are still pretty expensive (and Sony doesn’t appear to be interested in allowing gamers to use regular SD cards instead of their proprietary ones).

The Starter kit includes:

  • Wrist strap
  • Protective film
  • Cloth for cleaning
  • Card case (can carry up to six games)
  • Hard case with stand
  • Soft pouch

Overall a good starter kit with a very good selection of accessories. I am glad that it was included in the bundle.

Here you go. In the following days you can expect more posts on the games that I downloaded with the voucher and one post on the starter kit. Some of the accessories are really good and I think they deserve a post just for themselves.

If you have any questions about the PS Vita (including “Why? Why did you buy it?!?” and the like), please feel free to use the comment section down below 😉

5 Sad Videogaming Threads On Yahoo! Answers

You all know Yahoo! Answers, that website full of human knowledge that is also one of the best websites to have a laugh or two. Stupid questions and answers abound on Yahoo! Answers, and I bet all of you have stumbled upon a ludicrous question or answers on this website when googling around.

Today I want to share with you 5 sad threads that I have found on the website. I am saying threads rather than questions or answers because sometimes it is really difficult to decide what the most stupid part is. They all relate to the videogame world in one way or another, but none of them are about The Sims (questions about these games abound on Yahoo! Answers for some reason).

How to change country on ps3 accounts ?

Moved from US to Europe and my voucher codes no longer work cos I still have a US account, but European voucher codes for the games I bought in Europe. What can I do?

you cant change where you live once you set where you live. all you can do is make another account and then use it. why would you buy something from europe? your an idiot

When will the next GTA come out after 5?

This is a gross questions.

MY 4 Year Old Son BROKE my 55 IN PLASMA TV playing the wii what to do other than hit him?

Sell the wii and get a xbox with kinect. No controller to be slung. Seriously.

take the wii of him and ask him how he would feel if you broke a possession of his

How to get the full version Always Remember me?

i always end up with demo. does anyone bought this game and can lend me their email? i really need to play it. im addicted to this game so much. please help T_T

Should i buy the xbox 360 or wait for xbox 720?

The xbox 720 discs are quite possibly going to be blu-ray. If that’s the case then DO NOT DO IT! Get a play station instead because if the xbox discs go blu-ray then they are going to end up costing like $100!

These are just some of the threads you can find on Yahoo! Answers. Even googling for something like “xbox explosion yahoo answers” returns some results.

Do you know other ludicrous threads that I have missed? If you do, make sure you leave a link in the comment section!