My games collection is going to have to be put on ice for a while. That's annoying, but it's downright soul destroying deciding which games to spare.
As detailed yesterday, I'm in the middle of dealing with the aftermath of having an unexpected visitor, in the form of a large gum tree, land on my house.
I've been told by my insurance agency that I'm going to have to relocate for a couple of months, which means that for the first time this century, I'm suddenly back in Sydney's rental market, albeit for a very short span of time.
Yeah, Gary. I really, really hate you. So much.
Part of the pain of this is that it means that I've got to pack up my games collection for transport to wherever I end up living for the next three to six months. I've essentially never let my older games go while building up quite a few current generation titles as well, but there's a rather obvious problem here.
I've got to put a lot of them in storage. Yes, they can travel with me, and they'll be secure, but it really doesn't make sense to unpack all of them for a stay that could be as short as three months.
Which means I've got to make some hard choices about what I actually want to play for the next few months. Digital copies of games are already present on a few consoles, which is a big plus, but I have a curious, and somewhat nostalgic delight in actually putting a game into a system in order to play it. Call it a quirk, if you will.
All of this is Gary's fault. Did I mention loathing him yet?
There were some hard choices to make — albeit that I'm only making them in my head right now. I had to wave goodbye to Final Fantasy VII, because I'm not entirely sure I'll have long stretches of play time. Likewise, Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap didn't quite make the cut, because there's just no way I'm going without a good version of Bubble Bobble for three months. I'd rather be dead. Going without Bubble Bobble for three months WOULD be dead, now that I think of it.
So, going system by system, here's what I think I'd like to have access to if I could pick only one for each system:
- Pac-Man (Atari 2600) (here's why, even though it's terrible)
- Elite (NES)
- Bubble Bobble (Sega Master System)
- Secret Of Mana (SNES)
- Dragon's Fury (Megadrive)
- Bushido Blade (PS One)
- Athlete Kings (Saturn)
- WWF No Mercy (N64)
- GTA: Vice City (PS2)
- Crimson Skies (Xbox)
- F-Zero GX (GameCube)
- Red Dead Redemption (PS3)
- Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
- EDF: 2017 (Xbox 360)
For work related reasons, I'd need to have the Wii U, Xbox One and PS4 good to go, so they're not mentioned.
But still, that's too many consoles to have up and running. I may get lucky and be able to get a short term rental on somewhere with enough space to accommodate them all, but I'm not counting on it.
I figure, as long as I can get something larger than a shoebox to live in, and maybe if I just make one of the kids live outside for a while, I can squeeze in three consoles with their games.
But the choice is agonising. Which is why I'm thinking out loud in public.
If you had that list to pick from, and only, say three you could go with, which ones would you pick — and why?
tl;dr version: Gum trees are bastards.