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Sun, 30 Sep 2012 21:34:44
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Are you or have you ever been a single platform gamer?

I've always owned at least 2 home consoles and from the gba onwards, a portable too. 3 systems at once.

In the past couple of years I am playing games less and less and I just don't care that much about missing stuff like I used to. I do not feel the need to catch every game, I do not feel that it's an endevour that is either possible or enviable to aim for. I buy games and realise that I am wasting a lot of money at times.

I go through this period every now and then thinking about what it might be like to be a single platform gamer and whether I could get by. Are you or have you ever been a single platform gamer? Do you think you could go back to it? For those of you slowing and getting older, changing priorities, or just plain getting bored - what are your thoughts on going back to being a single platform gamer?

Do you think you could do it? I'm not sure I could, even if I could and would be satisfied with the games on one system (I know I could) there would always be a grass is greener, wistful feeling behind it.

It would mean cutting out two whole platforms, giving up handhelds.

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Sun, 30 Sep 2012 21:41:40
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I think 16-bit era scarred me not having an SNES. I feel like I want to be able to play anything I want now. Obviously as life priorities change I will adjust, till then I want all consoles.

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Sun, 30 Sep 2012 22:02:36
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I was a single platformer last gen, Xbox only. This is the first time I actually own all major non-portable systems in a generation, besides PC. This has also the first generation where I have amassed a stupid amount of games despite my diminishing available gaming time. Whereas I ended up owning something like 10 or 12 games for the OG Xbox, now I sit on something like 300+ games (retail and DD) picked up in the span of 5 years or so. I can't possibly beat all of them and some I won't even play. I am considering a single platform future for me, very seriously.

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Sun, 30 Sep 2012 22:11:29
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PC and Wii U for me going forward, at least for a few years...we'll see what happens.

There's TOO many games nowadays. You can't play them all, even if you have no life whatsoever.

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Sun, 30 Sep 2012 22:36:12
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Dvader said:

I want all consoles.

I want a lot of stuff, but I always think about what I actually need. Have you asked yourself, do I need to buy this? Really?

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I was a single platformer last gen, Xbox only. This is the first time I actually own all major non-portable systems in a generation, besides PC. This has also the first generation where I have amassed a stupid amount of games despite my diminishing available gaming time. Whereas I ended up owning something like 10 or 12 games for the OG Xbox, now I sit on something like 300+ games (retail and DD) picked up in the span of 5 years or so. I can't possibly beat all of them and some I won't even play. I am considering a single platform future for me, very seriously.

That's crazy on the volume of games, 12 for the Xbox is low, usually I'm at 25 but I have sold about 10-17 and just keep the 25-ish of the best. Amassing 300+ is nuts. I just have a backlog, it's not huge, like 8 games, but each of those is like 10-50 hrs and I cannot be bothered to eat into it.

edgecrusher said:

There's TOO many games nowadays. You can't play them all, even if you have no life whatsoever.

Tell that to Vader, he scans old man balls with one hand and uses the other to play games in the same room at the same time.

While Judi Dench pees on him.

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I've never been a single platform only owner at least for a whole gen. There's way too many games that I'd like to play but obviously don't have the time and money to get. I don't mind missing out on them though as I just at least want to have the option to play most any game which is why I try to own as many platforms as I can. Sure I could have easily just stuck with the 360 this gen as it is my most played platform this gen and the one I have the most games for but I'm happy with the time I spend/spent with the PS3 and Wii. It's nice to have them available for when there's a game I really want to play. I'll most likely do the same thing next gen with a 720, PS4, and Wii U.

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Sun, 30 Sep 2012 23:42:22
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Dvader said:

I want all consoles.

I want a lot of stuff, but I always think about what I actually need. Have you asked yourself, do I need to buy this? Really?

Well none us need to buy any of this. But yeah I want it all and I can have it so I will. I'm still a cheap bastard, I am getting two wiis so that I essencially get a Wii U for free. I will be doing the same thing for the other two.

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The only reason I see to own all the consoles, is either to play with friends who don't have a particular console, to play a particular must-have a given console, or you want to play every latest and greatest thing.

I think it's perfectly fine, reasonable and I could do and have done well with a single platform because there will always be enough to play, and my backlog would back me up on that.  I do at this point multiplat, as I wanted to connect a bit more with the site, but some bonus PS3 goodies like HD netflix and the like.  This gen had a good mix between the Wii and one of the other systems, but I have little desire to own a 360.
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Mon, 01 Oct 2012 01:58:06
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The last time I only owned one platform for a Generation was with the NES.

4th Generation I had a Genesis and SNES

5th Generation I had a PS1 and N64

6th Generation I had a Dreamcast, PS2, and GCN

7th Generation I have a Wii and PS3 (I had a 360)

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Mon, 01 Oct 2012 02:06:27

I was a single console gamer for 8 years during the 8-Bit era; I only had an Atari 2600 from 1982-1990, and I was fine with it. I'm tempted to do so now with my PS3, as I hardly play my Wii or 360 anymore. As far as next gen, when I decide to buy a new console (years from now), it'll just be the PS4, as long as it has Blu-ray.

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Mon, 01 Oct 2012 02:20:28
I thought I could be a one console gamer this generation and for the most part I was happy with choice. But I was offered a good deal on a PS3 and the Wii had its 2011 dry spell of doom on the horizon so it was for the best. I am going to try the 1 console route again with the Wii U. Time (and good 3rd party support) will tell.
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Mon, 01 Oct 2012 08:28:37

I have been a single console gamer for a few years now. I had a 360 and then a Wii at launch, and a DS and a PSP and an inflatable sex do....*cough* now I just have the 360. It is a fucking waste to own more than one and I don't want the mess either. I like having my TV with one console sitting underneath it and some games on the bookshelf. I guess I still have a DS somewheres and a PC but I don't really count those. As far as consoles go i've pretty much been a one console guy for years now and I enjoy it. I don't really care about missing out on some gamees anymore. I have neither the time or money to support all three anyways, id rather just have a nice library of games for one system.

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Mon, 01 Oct 2012 08:37:20

I'd rather eat vag until it squirts all over my face.

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Mon, 01 Oct 2012 08:41:50

So would I?

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Mon, 01 Oct 2012 12:48:01
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I'd rather eat vag until it squirts all over my face.



I'm not sure the two are mutually exclusive.

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Mon, 01 Oct 2012 13:30:12
Dvader said:

Well none us need to buy any of this.

What I mean is that you need to buy Resident Evil, you need to buy Zelda. A lot the other stuff you may want but do you really need it?

Dvader said:

I want it all and I can have it so I will.

Such a Valley Girl line laugh

Great replies guys, quite insightful.

Part of me feels, almost embarrassed to retract back into single console ownership like gamers would look down on me. Is this right? I see quite of few of you have or are considering it, maybe it's a stigma of my imagination?

Anyway, I'm pretty sure I will pick up more than one console, it depends on the price though. Sadly if thew PS4/Nextbox are not out till end of 2013 they wont have a price cut till at least early 2015 I guess (a year 4 months later)? Seems like an age away. Gives me plenty of time to think about it.

The 3DS is also a useless brick at the moment. Sure I could have got Kid Icarus but the controls put me off and it's taking forever for games to come out on it and 3rd party support for dedicated handhelds seems to be waning. I feel like I could have done without 3DS at this point simply because the games are taking forever to release. So more and more I feel like just buying a few games and actually playing the hell out of them rather than fragments of many games.

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Mon, 01 Oct 2012 21:27:39

My view has been to buy every consoIe in order not to miss out on any exclusives.

I will be very reluctant to buy either the next PS or XB at launch given my hardware failure history with the 360.  My plan is to finish out this gen and start the next gen on PC, getting the Playstation and Xbox as the big exclusives hit (Sony: Naughty Dog Game, Yakuza, Xbox: Epic Game, Bethesda Game).

I'll get a U if something as great as No More Heroes turns up for it.

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Tue, 02 Oct 2012 07:11:51
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I think No More No More Heroes is still one of my favorite Wii games. The jobs dragged about and the driving was bleh but man that game was mostly just pure fun, with some sweet boss battles. Never got to play its sequel but I was a fan of the original (8/10 for me)

It also has a plot twist ending that will make you go o_0

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Tue, 02 Oct 2012 11:21:17
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I think No More No More Heroes is still one of my favorite Wii games. The jobs dragged about and the driving was bleh but man that game was mostly just pure fun, with some sweet boss battles. Never got to play its sequel but I was a fan of the original (8/10 for me)

It also has a plot twist ending that will make you go o_0

You should get the sequel, they cut out the overworld crap and the jobs are all fun, short 8 bit homages. The rest of the game is better too, though some of the bosses are not as memorable. Good sequel.

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Tue, 02 Oct 2012 12:07:13

Yeah I should borrow my bros Wii and give it a whirlybird some day. I might try and play that soon actually I got an itch for some mastur..... er I mean sword fighting!

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