A reader has so many Game Pass, Switch, and Retro games that they become paralyzed with choices and end up playing nothing.
I’ve found my biggest current problem with gaming.
First, I have to give kudos for the deal I got on Black Friday: a 5TB USB 3.2 drive. I had some Amazon vouchers that I forgot and some credit so I actually only paid around £40 for it.
Then I embarked on a mission of sorts, all Xbox One and original Xbox games on my Xbox Series As of last week I currently have up to 146 games with 30 of them queued.
I’ve become more and more obsessed with figuring out how much Game Pass I can download.
I know I’ll never play most of them. I even click through things I know don’t interest me.
That got me thinking.
I have a 200GB SD card in my Switch. And I’m always tempted by cheap e-shop offers, that’s why I have a large collection of digital stuff.
So I took stock of what I have.
I’ve never gotten rid of old consoles or games, all the way back to the original Game Boy (any major console, any generation). I have about 1,000 physical games and all the original consoles to play them on.
I also do the dark art of emulation, but only for old games I can’t get my hands on (totally separate thing, but isn’t second hand/eBay just as against the EULA/rules as copying? The manufacturer still doesn’t get a cut).
Out of everything I have, I have about 50,000 games.
That’s my biggest problem, too many games. It causes me to flit around too much thinking about what to play since everything is too easy at hand.
I usually play fast Burnout (pre-Paradise, one-off races) or some version of Street Fighter. The only new games I generally play through are the core Nintendo games.
Compared to years ago when you had to go through the hassle of getting up and swapping a cart/CD, it’s probably gotten too easy to build up a massive library of games to switch between on the fly.
For me, it makes a gaming session nicer to ask myself, “Oh, what should I play?”
I can only imagine what my collection would look like if I got into PC gaming/Steam.
From reader Si
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