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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

You Can Never Go Home Again [Games For Sale]

I popped out to Wal-mart last night. I was looking to pick up the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy for my PS2. I'd picked up the trilogy for PC a while back but was dismayed to learn that my laptop's specs were insufficient to play the games. Wal-mart did have the original trilogy for PS2 as well as the Liberty City Stories and Vice City Stories double-pack. I bought all five games and brought them home. I was all set to get lost in Rockstar's amazing Grand Theft Auto universe.

I decided to play the titles in chronological order. I was going to start with Vice City Stories and work my way up to Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. I removed all the shrink wrap from all five games and got set to play. I popped in Vice City Stories and played through the first few missions. And then it hit me: I'm not a big fan of the Grand Theft Auto games any more.

I'm not sure what's happened to me over the past few years. But I noticed that I felt uncomfortable dealing with the game's characters and scenarios. I wasn't happy driving around killing enemies and civilians alike with my car or weapons. I felt uncomfortable listening to the characters discuss drugs, prostitutes, pornography, and crime. This never bothered me in the past but it had a huge effect on my enjoyment of the game last night.

I think that being a father has changed the way that I look at the world. The thought of me playing a game where I commit heinous criminal acts and cavort with the dregs of society no longer appeals to me. It's hard to justify being a responsible father and role model for my kids while acting the sociopath after my kids have gone to bed. Do any fathers (or mothers) out there feel the same way that I do?

I've decided to sell my brand new copies of the Grand Theft Auto: Trilogy Pack and the Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City and Vice City Stories Double Pack. I'm also selling my PC version of the GTA Trilogy too. I can't see myself playing these games ever again. I never thought that I'd changed so much that I would no longer find pleasure in these titles that I once loved above all other games.

If you're interested in buying either of these packs (or perhaps a huge five-pack of Guitar Hero games for the PS2), please feel free to bid on my current eBay auctions. I'm taking a loss on all of these titles but I just need them gone.

I'm feeling somewhat sick just knowing that these games are still in my house. I hate that I wasted so much money on these games only to turn around and sell them at a loss within 24 hours of buying them. This is honestly the strangest feeling I've had towards video games in a long while. The last time I felt this way was last January when I came down with the stomach flu while playing Battlefield: Bad Company. The thought of playing that game still makes me nauseous thanks to my brain correlating my illness with an otherwise excellent D.I.C.E. game.

Have a great day everyone! And if you could help me out by buying any of the auctions I listed above, you'd be really helping me out.