A wise man once said, “Son of a building block!” That was actually something I uttered myself a short time ago that somehow leads into this article. For the past few days I have been vacationing in Central America to visit the family, and finally experience the world outside the United States. It’s been quite the interesting adventure. The heat is awful, the streets are constantly crowded with people, and there are vendors at every corner trying to make enough change to bring back to the household. Everyone here enjoys the simple things because that is all they can afford. This trip has opened my eyes quite a bit. Especially when I tried to cross a one-lane street that magically turned into a five-lane Frogger game.
Thus stems the inspiration for this call to arms, so to speak. We as gamers must support each other better to become more practical. There are people out there that cannot even participate in the world of gaming because they don’t have the resources most of us do. Resources we sometimes take for granted. So I propose some methods to help with this quest of being more considerate of what we have, while being smart with our money:
(1) Stop giving in to those giants like Gamestop, they don’t understand us!
This topic is a frequent gripe amongst gamers. People always feel ripped off when they venture into a Gamestop to sell their games because they barely get 25% of their original expenses back. When conducting trades, the customer usually gives 3 great games to receive half-off a preorder. That hardly seems fair when you visit that same Gamestop later in the week only to find your games at regular used prices, yet in your pocket you barely have enough money to buy a shirt.
While Gamestop and some other giants seem convenient, you as a gamer should get more bang for your buck. Do your internet research before heading to your local rip-off chain. You deserve to get your money’s worth every time you make a transaction regarding a game. After all, you’re usually putting $50 or more on the line! Just remember how much you’re making an hour; does it balance out for you?
(2) Stop being greedy and spoiled, become charitable!
Before I go into detail on this, please be warned that giving others your games may not be tax deductible.
At this point I’m sure your parents have stopped reading over your shoulder, so I can continue. Well, about the hidden unlockable sex scene in…
Anyway, this is where the “gamer unison” part comes in. Don’t be scared to be generous once in a blue moon. When you look at your dusty gaming collection and see titles you know you will never play again, why not pass it on? It’ll actually give you a warm feeling inside when you see someone receive an unexpected present that used to be your paperweight. Gifts on special occasions are great, spontaneous treats are better. By giving unwanted games away you chose not to sell, you’re helping the recipient save money and are making yourself feel good (Ego boost FTW).
(3) Stop abusing your systems and games, they’re people too! Wait, what?
Xbox 360 owners are familiar with the term RROD, the red ring of death, and PS3 owners have an equivalent yellow light of death. Both mean the systems have overheated and are no longer functional. Though sometimes it is inevitable, here is a prevention tip that can probably help you: TURN OFF THE SYSTEM! How hard is it to press the power button? Not leaving your system on for days guarantees a longer lifespan, saving you time and money in the long run. Take care of that hunk of plastic; you’re lucky you don’t have to play on a Funstation (I didn’t know those existed until today)!
Another aspect to pay attention to is how you treat your games. If the game developers didn’t care how their games were treated, every game would come in a paper sleeve. But the hard plastic cases are a sign they give a damn, so maybe you should too. It’s understandable you as a male gamer are probably too lazy to clean your room and are waiting for your mom to deal with the fungus that talks to you at night, but try to be considerate.
Stop leaving the discs on the corner of your desk or on top of the TV. Don’t use them as coasters or Frisbees. And if you get hungry, there are tastier things underneath the couch. Unless you like buying the same games over and over, which by all means I won’t stop you from paying your patronage to the gaming gods (I know a great place for sacrificial goats).
Disclaimer: Sarcastic Gamer is not liable for any food-poisoning related incidents after the posting of this article.
If you’ve stuck with me this far, simply remember to be kind and rewind. Oh wait, that’s not it. Seriously, we as gamers need to be more sensible with what we are privileged to. In some places, adolescents would kill to have an escape like the one gaming gives us (Seriously). We must be smart with our money and be grateful by taking care of what we have. So, now every time you spend hours on Battlefield Bad Co. 2 you can say, “I play for those kids who can’t.” I made you a humanitarian = Brownie points.