Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Most Questionable Games in My Collection (And Why I Have Them)

As a video game collector, I own tons of quality titles from the Atari 2600 to the PlayStation 4.  Among these gems, however, are a handful of games that would probably make you raise an eyebrow and ask why I have it.  There's probably a reason for me to own it, so let's take a look at some of the most questionable games in my collection and why I have them.

1) Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2011 (Xbox 360)
Why I Own This:
To begin, let me clear something up.  I'm not saying these are all necessarily bad games.  These are games that are in my collection that I find questionable being there.  This one, for instance, has a place in a specific kind of gamer's collection.  In mine, it looks totally out of place sitting next to Bullet Witch.

I bought this game for $4.49 at the beginning of December 2011.  Normally, even for less than five dollars I wouldn't allow a Cabela game into my collection, but this one came with this super cool rifle!  $4.49 got me this really neat gun that I could run around my apartment and make pew pew pew sounds with.

So the rifle.  The rifle is why I own this.

2) Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360)
Why I Own This:
This is another one of me not saying these are bad games, they're just games that are questionable in my collection.  Call of Duty is probably the best example of it, as this definitely isn't the kind of game I enjoy.

I bought this right when Call of Duty had its big boom.  Suddenly Call of Duty wasn't about World War 2, it was modern warfare.  Everyone went crazy for it, and everyone kept telling me how amazing it was.  So I picked it up for $19.99 intending on seeing what the fuss was about.

In the end, I never played it.  I bought it, shelved it, and never thought about playing it again.  Today, I'm so tired of Call of Duty and other "bro-shooters" that I see this as one of the biggest blights in my collection.  It's also the only Call of Duty game in my collection, which is probably amazing to people that are obsessed with these games.

3) Fuzion Frenzy 2 (Xbox 360)
Why I Own This:
It was $9.98 new and there's a girl on the back of the box wearing stockings.

It's not any more complicated than that.

4) The Golden Compass (Xbox 360)
Why I Own This:
I bought it for $5.00 new and I thought it would have easy achievements.  I played it long enough to earn one achievement (which is then past the point of being able to wipe it from my played games history) and then never went back to it.  It just wasn't worth continuing to endure it.

This is one of those games where the price was right for a brand new game and I thought it might be moderately enjoyable for whatever reason.  Turns out, it's actually quite crap.  Surprising, I know.  Who could have guessed that a game based off of The Golden Compass might not be all that great?

It also could have been that we only had one of them at work and I bought it just to get it out of the store.  That's a likely scenario, but I don't remember for sure.

5) Hannah Montana: The Movie (Xbox 360)
Why I Own This:
This game, like The Golden Compass, was bought for $5.00 and with the profoundly misguided idea that it would have easy achievements.  I don't think the achievements were difficult to get, but they were very time consuming to obtain.  I tried the game, couldn't stomach it, then shelved it.

I also bought this because we only had one of them at work and I didn't want to have to move a bunch of games on the wall to make room for this one game.  I figured if anything I could gut it and use the case for something else.  Plus, I thought it would be a great conversation starter.

Turns out it was quite the conversation starter when Reddit got hold of a picture of all my games piled up that I was sorting and this game happened to be on the top of the stack.

In the end, I'm apparently a level 99 bachelor.

6) Hello Kitty: Roller Rescue (GameCube)
Why I Own This:
I bought this game because it looked like a cute and colorful platformer.  I don't remember what I paid for it, but I'm sure it wasn't much.  I was also interested at the time in getting as many of the games that had the "only for" banner in the top left of the art.

Like many games in my collection, I never got around to playing this, though I did actually intend on doing so when I bought it.

I actually just watched a video of it and it looks pretty much like I imagined.  Maybe I should have played it!

7) Dinotopia: The Timestone Pirates (Game Boy Advance)
Why I Own This:
In the early 2000s, there was a Dinotopia mini-series that was shown on ABC.  My mother worked at an ABC-affiliated television station, and when the Dinotopia series was airing, someone (not sure who exactly) sent the TV station a box of Dinotopia Game Boy Advance games.  She brought one home for me.

It's... not that good.  But, hey... free game!  It looks remarkably similar to Lady Sia, which was one of my biggest let downs on the system.

8) Santa Claus Saves the Earth (Game Boy Advance)
Why I Own This:
It's weird.  Look at it.  I bought this at a Toys "R" Us in America, but that's clearly a European box.  Even the cart itself is stamped with a -EUR ID.  Why did Toys "R" Us get this game in?  It was too mysterious and bizarre for me not to buy.

I think this one makes sense in my collection solely based off of how strange it is, but I still think people would find it to be questionable.

9) *NSYNC: Get to the Show (Game Boy Color)
Why I Own This:
We clearanced out all of our Game Boy Color games at work for literally around two bucks each.  I picked up one of everything I didn't have including this, Power Rangers Time Force, Rainbow Six, Xena:  Warrior Princess, and Tonka Construction among a few others.  This one, however, is probably the most questionable one of the lot.

Additionally, I thought it would have good music.  Not because I'm a fan of *NSYNC's music or anything, but because it's Game Boy and Game Boy games can have some pretty great music.

Fine.  I like I Want You Back.  Shut up.

10) Playmobil Laura (Game Boy Color)
Why I Own This:
Well, it was cheap, for sure.  That's the only reason I can come up with.  The alarming thing about this game, though, is that it's actually pretty good.  Well, better than you would expect a Playmobil game for children to be.

The music is also pretty good.  I wouldn't have known that before I bought it, though.  This is actually a game I have recommended to people to add to their collections before.  Not as a joke, either.

11) Easter Bunny's Big Day (PlayStation)
Why I Own This:
This, like Santa Claus Saves the Earth, is another one of those games that's so bizarre it had to have a place in my collection.  It's also mega crap.

There was a time right at the end of the PlayStation's life that a bunch of weird games were being released.  Some of them were actually pretty good, but the majority of them were absolute garbage.  Easter Bunny's Big Day is not one of the good ones, obviously.

12) Madden (Any) (PlayStation 2)
Why I Own This:
I hate... haaaaaate sports games.  Especially football games.  But especially Madden games.  So why do I own Madden 2002 - 2007?  Great question!

A co-worker of mine was trading in a bunch of PlayStation 2 games once and he was only going to get a couple cents for each Madden game he was trading in.  So, rather than do that and get maybe .50 total in trade, he just gave me the pile.  His pile also had ATV Off-Road Fury 2 which is another questionable one, but I feel the Maddens are more of an anomaly on my shelf.

With his... generosity... I went from owning zero Madden games to owning six of them.

Speaking of sports games...

13) Sports Games (Various)
Why I Own This:
Typically, if I own any sports games, I own them for systems where I want to own every game for the system.  This is very true for the NES especially.

I have dabbled at times in trying to get every game for other systems, too.  When we marked down all our Dreamcast games at work, I bought one of everything I didn't have.  One time I found a bunch of 32X games at a store for dirt cheap, so I snatched up everything including the sports games.

I attempted to get every SNES game at one point, too.  However, for this system, I made the decision to not buy sports games shortly after I started trying to get them all.  With prices for SNES games the way they are now, that goal is one I will more than likely never reach.

14) Cooking Mama (Nintendo DS)
Why I Own This:
I bought this at a time when there were no other Cooking Mama games.  Or Camping Mama.  Or Crafting Mama.  It was a one-of thing at the time, and it seemed interesting and unique.  It also came out before the DS really found its footing, so I would buy anything for it that even looked remotely interesting.

Today, I see this as a very odd game to have in my DS collection.  I'm sure other people would, too.  I don't think it's as weird as the next game, though.

15) Code Lyoko:  Fall of X.A.N.A. (Nintendo DS)
Why I Own This:
I couldn't tell you other than it being $5.00 new.  According to my acquisitions list for 2009, I bought it on the same day as four PSP games that had all dropped to $9.98 each.  I guess I was just in the mood to buy cheap games that day.

16) Nintendogs:  Lab & Friends (Nintendo DS)
Why I Own This:
As someone who doesn't like dogs at all, I have no idea.  All I know is that I bought it when the DS was still young and didn't have a lot worth playing on it.

This is a game that I know has an audience, it's just not me.  It doesn't fit in with the other games in my collection (though truthfully it makes more sense than some of the other games on this list) but I don't think it's a "bad" game.

Today, there is absolutely no way I would buy a Nintendogs game.

17) Baby Games (Various)
Why I Own This:
Games like this I typically own because I want to have every game on the system.  If you want every NES game, you're going to have to get the Sesame Street games as well as the Zelda games.  You can't discriminate!

SNES for me is the same way, which I mentioned back in the sports games entry.  I have games like these because I was or am trying to build a complete collection of carts.

18) Six (Currently) Copies of Dragon Warrior (NES)
Why I Own This:
Dragon Warrior is a magical game to me.  It was the first role playing game I ever played, and even though it was super primitive, I still loved it.

Every time I'm out hunting for games and I come across a copy of Dragon Warrior, I rescue it.  I bring it home, clean it up good, and absorb it into the collection with the others.

I'm not buying these as an investment.  They're not worth hardly anything at all.  But every time I see one, I feel like I have to buy it.  The same mentality holds true every time I find a copy of The Legend of Zelda.

And that about wraps it up!  I think this list does a pretty good job of explaining why these games are a part of my collection.  If I dug deeper I could easily come up with more games to feature, but I think I have gone over enough of them today.  I didn't even hit you with the deluge of kids titles I have across various platforms.

So to wash the bad taste out of your mouth or to leave you with a good impression, here is a collage of some games I have that are not questionable.  After all, I don't want it to look like my collection is composed mostly of crap!  Good night, everyone!

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