So many sports.
|Acronym, Acronym, Acronym...|
Okay; disclaimer, I have never had any interest in most sports. I was in the occasional little league baseball and soccer teams as a kid, but I wasn't very good at them. I kind of liked basketball, but again, I was bad at it. I do not watch sports on TV, with the occasional exception of martial arts. I find most things that end with "ball" to be a reduction of individuals to overexposed labels bouncing back and forth in buildings likewise full of overexposed labels. Finally, video games based on sports feel as pointless (or maybe point-missing) to me as decaffeinated coffee and non-alcoholic beer.
All that being said, I don't wish to portray my tastes as dogma. I wholeheartedly support motivating people to get into shape (which is the aforementioned reason why I don't understand sports video games, but whatever), I respect the rights of people to buy and play what they wish to buy and play even if it's not what I wish to buy and play. Still, holy shit.
|When you run out of shelve space.|
|We were so much better off back in my d--Never mind.|
|The Genesis of a blight.|
|Can you spot a non-NFL game there? I can't.|
The problem behind this is not simply that these games are made and sold. I don't oppose that. The problem is that these games keep getting made and sold, year by year, $50 by $50, same acronym by same acronym, with minor edits less than those one would find in a (typically free) PC game mod or retro cartridge hack, and somehow, people put up with this. This is largely the doing of EA games, and any new excuse I get for bringing that trust old punching bag out, is welcome. Somehow, there is a desire to continue paying for the experience of allegedly accurate teams every year, and apparently there aren't many nostalgic years. I am aware fans talk about good years for individual teams, like, "Boy; The Chicago Bulls sure kicked ass when Michael Jordon was in them" (I'm assuming they did, anyway, based on how big a celebrity he was), but I don't hear about good years for the sports in themselves, wherein there were so many awesome basketball players and teams that such-and-such a year is worth experiencing again and again.
The result is what my photos document; the people who rush to buy the latest hyped-up hack job also unload last year's models as used games, and they proceed to pile up in the bins, on the shelves, in the cabinets and on the floors; passed both by people who don't like sports games and by people who don't like outdated sports games. Used game shopping becomes a chore as these people fight through the mud to get to the gold nuggets that may or may not exist amongst it. So I say to the world...
|I'm posting pictures of all of the piles; deal with it.|
ENOUGH!For all of our sakes, stop eating EA's shit! Stop letting yourself be swindled out of fifty dollars a year for minor edits to games you already own! Stop buying that you won't enjoy outdated rosters in otherwise identical games! Stop funding the continued survival of a corporation that absorbs and ruins esteemed game franchises like SimCity and Command & Conquer! Stop it all! You deserve the following for your taste in games: You buy the game, and for that service they release yearly patches you can download; substantially less than $50 a pop. You can force their hands stop giving them a raw deal, and it'll take willpower, but if you achieve the world devoid of that price-gouging and the new economic muscle it gives you, you won't want to go back.
And we all can finally be rid of used game shops that look like this.
|I had to check the photo names to make sure I hadn't posted this one yet.|