Have you ever wanted to own your own arcade machine in your basement? (Notice how we refuse to use the term MAN CAVE here?
How many hundreds (or thousands) of dollars in quarters have you thrown into one of these electronic marvels, only to end up dying on the final level because some idiot jostled your arm at the last moment?
Wouldn’t you like to own your own arcade machine? We know what you’re thinking — we don’t want to own a single game. What would happen if we ever got bored of playing Ms Pac Man? That’ll just be a total waste of money.
Web Watch has owned a fair number of home video game systems over the years.
Among others, we’ve had your basic PONG machine, the classic Atari 2600, a Nintendo Game Boy, Turbografx 16, Xbox, various Playstations, and a Wii. An entire industry could be devoted to the number of random game cartridges we have lying around for defunct (or soon to be defunct) systems.
If you’re like Web Watch, you’ve likely spent hundreds – if not thousands – of quarters at the local mall arcade playing Pac-Man, Defender, Smash TV, Zaxxon, Spy Hunter, any number of pinball games like the Addams Family machine, iRobot, and many others.
And while you may have your own personal favorite to play because you were good at the game or you liked the storyline, there’s that one machine that everybody seems to love (or at least, think nostalic about) but everyone hated to play.
Except for That One Guy who knew all the right moves at all the right times.
So Web Watch is in the process of packing up some of our video game systems and putting them away. The PS2 and Xbox Classic are no longer needed, and don’t even get us started on the TurboGrafx or Sega Genesis that were also taking up precious shelf space.
We’ll leave the Wii and PS3 where they are as we still use those regularly, as we anxiously await the long-rumored Xbox 720 to come out to replace the Xbox 360.
So what does all this mean? We’re not the only ones with older gaming systems still hanging around and being used.
If you’re a video game addict — and let’s face it, if you have at least two “sequel” games in your game library you probably qualify — then you may have sometimes used video games as a way to escape your mundane, humdrum life.
Because who wouldn’t want to be that guy in Grand Theft Auto who can just run around and carjack whatever he feels like sometimes? Drive around and run bad drivers off the road?
Filling up somebody’s cubical or office with inflated balloons? Fun. Filling up somebody’s cubical or office with Silly String? A little bit of a mess to clean-up, and usually left to the victim to do so on their own.
Web Watch has even covered an entire office’s items in tin foil and wrapping paper. Definitely time-consuming and an absolute waste of money, but entertaining. The best one we did was sheetrocking over the boss’s office door and painting the wall so it looked like the office was never there in the first place. Oh, we’re still laughing about that one.