By dankempster 8 Comments
Yet, poor disc care is something that continuously seems to come back around and periodically bite me on the arse. The reason for this is my tendency to buy old games. These games tend to be very difficult to come by and incredibly expensive if bought new, so I tend to buy them second-hand. The upside to this is obvious: second-hand games are easy to find and pretty cheap nowadays, too. The downside is that you have no guarantee the game's previous owner is as careful with discs as you are. In fact, based on my previous experience with second-hand game purchases, there seems to be a very strong correlation between the kind of people who trade in games at retail stores and the kind of people who don't give a damn about their game discs. This is a shame, because all too often it results in gamers like myself getting done over.
Over the Easter break, I ordered a copy of the PS2 action/adventure game Primal from CeX's online store. For those of you who aren't aware of CeX, they're a company that deal exclusively in second-hand goods. It's a great place to go if, like me, you're the kind of gamer who likes picking up old titles that you may have missed years ago. The downside is, despite insisting they utilise a strict disc-testing policy, games that are scratched beyond readability make their way into your hands far more often than is acceptable. Primal, unfortunately, was one such case. After having a blast with Soul Reaver 2, and being a fan of SCE Studio Cambridge's other games (notably the MediEvil series), I decided to pick up Primal and found it on the CeX site for a paltry £1.50. After holding off on starting the game for a few weeks, due to being preoccupied with Dead Space and Metal Gear Solid 4, I finally got around to starting it yesterday. And starting it is pretty much all I did. After about five minutes, the game seized up and refused to load. I cleaned the disc, reset the PS2 and tried again, only to have the same thing happen again. After a third attempt garnered the same result, I grudgingly gave up and declared the disc a casualty of neglect. Sadly, it's too late for me to return the game to CeX, but considering it was only £1.50 I'm not too bothered about that. What bothers me more is the fact that as a direct result of somebody else's blatant disregard for the welfare of their game discs, I've been cheated out of what might have been a great gaming experience. In the future, I'll be making all my second-hand purchases in shops, so I can check the condition of the game discs before I take them home.
In other game-related news, I'm about thirteen hours into Final Fantasy V and I'm actually starting to enjoy it. The plot seems to finally be picking up the pace, and the characters all have an undeniable charm that makes the delivery of the story more entertaining than the story itself most of the time. I'm also still in possession of my flat mate's PS3 following our console swap, and I'm becoming increasingly tempted to check out Prince of Persia before I have to return it to her. I also caved in to peer pressure and ordered myself a copy of Persona 4 last week, so I'm waiting on that to arrive in the post. That being said, I probably won't have time to play it until the summer due to the current educational climate. I'm currently sitting my end-of-year exams for my first year of University. I sat my first exam this morning, which went pretty well, and I have three more over the next two weeks. It's a very daunting time for me, and most of my free time is being taken up with revision, so I'm not playing many video games right now. Anyway, thanks for reading guys. I'll see you around.
Currently playing - Final Fantasy V (PS1)