I like to think that I’m fairly resistant to the video game hype train these days. I’ve been in the gaming world for decades at this point, so I should have some sort of a resistance built up to it all by now. In practice though, I’m not so sure that’s true. I don’t pre-order stuff, but I still buy a lot of games at launch. I still get excited sometimes, and it seems I’m still subject to FOMO when it comes to the next-gen consoles. There’s no real reason to run out and buy a PlayStation 5 right now, yet it’s pull is still incredibly strong. Weird, right?
I remember that, for the longest time, I had a rule when it came to buying new systems: they had to have at least 5 worthwhile exclusive games available first. Before that happened, it simply wasn’t worth the massive upfront investment. I don’t remember if I stuck to that rule with the PS4, but I definitely didn’t with the Xbox One (a big mistake now that I look back on it). With PS5 though, I’ve basically thrown that idea out the window. I refuse to pre-order one, but I’d definitely jump at the opportunity to grab one if I see it at the store. You never know when your next chance will come, right?
Wrong, actually. We all know that these supply and scalper problems will go away as Sony/Microsoft make more of their game machines and more fans are able to make their purchases. By April or May, it won’t be all that difficult at all to get a PS5 or XSX at the store. We’ll all be able to do it at our leisure, and, better yet, there’ll actually be more than 2 games to enjoy on them. Yet here many of us are, myself included, participating in the scramble to grab one before anyone else can. Are we all crazy? Considering all the nonsense we put up with from publishers and the like, sometimes I think so. At least a little.
Anyway, I don’t know if I’ll actually keep trying to buy one of these things while they’re still scarce and software-poor. There’s still so much to play on the current/last-gen systems that I suppose I really don’t have any business buying a new system right now anyway. Besides, I would be kind of nice to wait around long enough to get one of those cool special edition consoles for a change. You know, the ones that always come out a year or so after the initial launch? That’d be pretty sweet.
Do you struggle with this sort of stuff too? Have you managed to resist it?
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