When the final boss has fallen and every secret has been uncovered, where do your games go? Do they forever rest in peace, nestled among their own kind on your shelf, or do they get stuffed into a box and tossed into storage? Or maybe they take a trip to the local GameStop or Best Buy, netting you some handy spare cash or in-store credit?
Whatever their ultimate fate, I’ve got a suggestion for you, and I (almost) guarantee you’re not going to like it. Because you’re right – it’s fair to keep the games you enjoyed around in case you want to revisit them. It’s sensible to display them as trophies. It’s reasonable to trade in your games or sell them on Craigslist for some extra cash. But I’m going to tell you why you shouldn’t do any of those things. I’m going to tell you why you should give them away.
Four years ago, I was on my way home from picking up Christmas presents. Call me a bad boyfriend, but while I had remembered my then-girlfriend’s mother and father in my holiday shopping, I’d forgotten about her siblings and step-siblings – something I didn’t realize until it was too late to go shopping anywhere other than a gas station, because everything else was closed.
These kids love video games, but were still relying on an original Xbox that often malfunctioned or died. We, however, had a spare Xbox 360. I was (and still am) ashamed I hadn’t thought of giving up my excess system sooner. I grabbed it, as well as my copies of Borderlands, Dead Island, and Left 4 Dead, and wrapped them up all in a box.
The look on those girls’ faces when they opened their gift; you …
It may not have the bombastic reveals of E3 or the public accessibility of conventions like PAX, but the Games Developer Conference is always a thought-provoking time of year for gamers. If you’re unfamiliar with GDC, it’s where developers, artists, and experts of all kinds – from massive studios to the latest indie startups – get together to give talks that elucidate the fascinating craft of making games. It’s also a perfect opportunity to show off upcoming games in development – and clearly, GDC 2016 is ushering in the Year of VR.
All the heavy hitters of VR will be at GDC next week, including PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, Oculus, and tons of third-party supporters. On top of that, we’ll get the chance to see games that don’t involve strapping gear to your face, as well as learn behind-the-scenes secrets about how some of your favorite games came to be. We’ll be bringing you plenty of coverage from GDC 2016 next week, but for now, here’s what we’re most looking forward to.
It’s funny to think that only a year ago, at GDC 2015, we were demoing Project Morpheus, which we now know as PlayStation VR. In the months since, Sony’s done an excellent job of drumming up hype for its incoming headset, with the upcoming PlayStation VR games looking full of promise. But we still don’t know crucial specifics like the price, exact release date, and the lineup of games at launch. That could all change next week, as Sony’s hosting a dedicated event to showcase PlayStation VR in all its senses-immersing glory.
The PS VR price point is what we’re waiting on with bated breath, as it’s the make-or-break metric for the success of new hardware and the number of early …