Damned if You Do and Damned if You Don’t

Damned if You Do and Damned if You Don’t

Damned if You Do and Damned if You Don’t

by Steve Napierski to Comics

Not sure if that sale is still going on or not. I went into one the countless GameStops in my area and picked up a few used games. In fact, I felt I actually got a pretty good deal. Devil May Cry (PS2), La Pucelle: Tactics (PS2), Dark Cloud (PS2), Star Ocean: Till End of Time (PS2), F-Zero: Maximum Velocity (GBA) and Drill Dozer (GBA) all for $26.21 including tax. But of those games and the five other titles I got for Christmas I have had the chance to only play one (1): Dark Cloud. And that I’ve only played for about three hours.

Time has honestly not been my friend for a good few years, but for some reason I keep buying new games with the intention of one day playing them. On my desk, right next to me, lie three unopened PS2 games I’ve had for years now (Rogue Galaxy, Suikoden Tactics and Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis). I do fully intend on playing them one day, but the reality of the situation is that said day may never come. But for some reason I keep buying them. Maybe it’s me grasping for this delusional hope or maybe it’s just a byproduct of consumerism that I am unable to break. Regardless I have now have hundreds of games that I have never played sitting in my house. But you know what? The gamer in me says, “That’s okay.”

Discussion (32)¬

  1. Scott
    Scott says:
    January 10, 2011 at 12:06 am #

    If you get your games through Steam, you probably have a truckload of games bought during their crazy sales that are sitting undownloaded or unplayed in your list.

  2. Anony
    Anony says:
    January 10, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    As an avid fan of the Suikoden series, let me tell you: go ahead and let Tactics sit there.

    Also, good choice on playing Dark Cloud. Have you played the sequel (called Dark Chronicles except in the US I believe)? It improves on quite a few problems with the first game.

  3. David Herbert
    David Herbert says:
    January 10, 2011 at 12:16 am #

    I remember when I started working, I bought so many games and comics that I left sitting on my shelf because I didn’t have time. And then I forgot about them.

  4. Sucktackular
    Sucktackular says:
    January 10, 2011 at 12:30 am #

    buy, not by

    • hibbitybibbity
      hibbitybibbity says:
      January 10, 2011 at 3:03 am #

      Definition of BUY
      transitive verb
      1: to acquire possession, ownership, or rights to the use or services of by payment especially of money : purchase
      2 a : to obtain in exchange for something often at a sacrifice
      b : redeem 6
      3: bribe, hire
      4: to be the purchasing equivalent of
      5: accept, believe —often used with into
      —————————————————————————————————————

      Definition of BY
      1: in proximity to : near
      2 a : through or through the medium of : via
      b : in the direction of : toward
      c : into the vicinity of and beyond : past
      3 a : during the course of
      b : not later than
      4 a : through the agency or instrumentality of
      b : born or begot of
      c : sired or borne by
      5: with the witness or sanction of
      6 a : in conformity with
      b : according to
      7 a : on behalf of
      b : with respect to
      8 a : in or to the amount or extent of
      b chiefly Scottish : in comparison with : beside
      9 — used as a function word to indicate successive units or increments
      10 — used as a function word in multiplication, in division, and in measurements
      11: in the opinion of : from the point of view of

      • MarkHawk
        MarkHawk says:
        January 10, 2011 at 3:38 am #

        Also, his math is wrong. If he would have otherwise only bought 2 games, and is instead getting 3 for the price of two, thats 50% extra free.

        • Numb
          Numb says:
          January 10, 2011 at 7:42 am #

          Wow… worst math ever? Let’s assume each game costs $10 to make this simple… 3 games would cost $30 then, unless he received one of those for free – giving him a $10 discount and leaving him paying only $20…. you know, a 33% discount, exactly like he said to begin with.

        • NijaSkills
          NijaSkills says:
          January 10, 2011 at 10:26 am #

          No, he got it right. The comic says 33% MORE games. But it is 50% more. 2 x 1.5 = 3.

  5. Lax
    Lax says:
    January 10, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    Rogue Galaxy!! If you ever get the chance play that one first. Good graphics, awesome weapons and abilities, and a good story to back it all up. You can also strengthen your weapons and you upgrade abilities and unlock new ones! Seriously, if you have time try it out :)

  6. James
    James says:
    January 10, 2011 at 12:53 am #

    I don’t know about you, but I think we secretly wait for a very specific kind of apocalypse, the kind where there’s still power and stuff, but we have years and years locked in a bunker. That would *really* help me out.

  7. blexmer
    blexmer says:
    January 10, 2011 at 1:14 am #

    oh man, i loved dark cloud. the final level and all that was ridiculous though, still enjoyed the game. i’m still working on rogue galaxy myself. in my opinion? you are gonna need some time on it. it feels like a game that you cant beat unless you pick out a chunck. still. amazing game, and actually good system balance on abilities and the like. XD

    lemme think, i have….ff2, 3, 5,7, to play, tales of phantasia, scriblenauts,tales of the abyss, onimusha, luigi’s mansion, shining tears, viewtiful joe, and Xenosaga 1 and 2. and i have kh recoded coming in tuesday. XD

  8. haddyDrow
    haddyDrow says:
    January 10, 2011 at 1:43 am #

    Woah, a comic!

  9. odderz
    odderz says:
    January 10, 2011 at 4:40 am #

    I’ve made a To-Do List, on this list I update things I need to do, like hoover, tidy the house, have a bath, etc… There’s also a section which has things I must buy on it, tickets etc… Then there’s the section with games I must play.

    But far the longest section, and it is ALL games I bought, started, have lying around, and haven’t finished. Or games I’ve gone back to after several years, started over, then stopped for no reason.

    PLAY THE FOLLOWING GAMES:
    Twilight Princess
    Harvest Moon AWL
    Wind Waker
    Phoenix Wright: T&T
    Pikmin 1/2
    No More Heroes
    Flower, Sun and Rain
    Professor Layton Lost Future
    Pokémon Colosseum
    Okami
    Tales Of Phantasia
    Bajo Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge
    Pokémon Pearl
    Other HumbleBundle games
    Mario All-Stars
    Bioshock 2
    Fallout New Vegas
    Metroid Prime Trilogy
    Resident Evil 5
    FFCC: My Life As A Darklord

    I update this list VERY regularly.

    • greatslack
      greatslack says:
      January 11, 2011 at 12:33 am #

      Count yourself lucky that you can fit them all on one page. I buy any game I think I might enjoy playing as soon as I see it for a decent price, due to having been burned so many times by waiting to buy some game and then not being able to find it anywhere (save for online stores which want 2x retail). Most recently this happened with Dragon Quest V on DS: two weeks ago it was $20, and now it’s $65 on Amazon.

    • Deviemn
      Deviemn says:
      January 12, 2011 at 9:40 am #

      Having played most games on your list to completion I have one thing to say: good luck, you will need it. I don’t know if you are as compulsive as I am, but most of those games simply won’t let you live your life peacefully until they’re completed. Be careful, you can’t put the genie back into those bottles once you have opened them.

  10. Onipuck
    Onipuck says:
    January 10, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    Dark cloud, hells yeah bitches!
    Loli-catgirls in a sundress and spats, a sexy genie chick, a flying bunny with a machinegun, and a hero in a poncho.
    It’s the most bad-ass random-dungeon-crawl series out there.

    Spoiler, the sequel has to do with time-travel, and you get to fight with a monkey-wrench and a pistol, as well as a steam-punk mecha.
    My god, I wish there was a third or more game to this series.

    • Lax
      Lax says:
      January 10, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

      Actually Dark Cloud sucks big time. There’s not much structure or story, bad gameplay, medium to low graphics. And the stupidest part of all is the weapons break. It’d be fine if they were disabled like in Diablo II, but they freakin’ break! Should have gotten my refund, but decided to let it collect dust on the shelf as it’s only real purpose

  11. Ido013
    Ido013 says:
    January 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    Dark Cloud was good, but the end game dungeon is stupid XD

    I know what you mean, just around the holidays and with sales, I got myself 7 PS3 games, and I only could play two Assassin’s Creed II and Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood. I still have Vanquish, LittleBigPlanet, Valkyria Chronicles, Nier, Dead to rights to play! $3 of those are god damn RPGs that’ll take forever! XD

    • Metal C0Mmander
      Metal C0Mmander says:
      January 10, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

      And that is why I hate RPG. Not only the whole game but one dugeon can take forever usually.

  12. Medd
    Medd says:
    January 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    Play Mana Khemia now, its just as good as FF7

    • Onipuck
      Onipuck says:
      January 11, 2011 at 8:58 am #

      “Play Mana Khemia now, its just as good as FF7″

      Play Mana Khemia now, its much better than FF7
      Corrected.

  13. spweasel
    spweasel says:
    January 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    I think everybody here can empathize with this comic. I myself have several games I really want to play, but either just haven’t had time or got distracted by a different game and never came back.

    Star Ocean is decent enough gameplay-wise, but the story is weak and the game requires too much dedication (overly complex item crafting, an overly complex affection system, and mutually exclusive characters). I never did beat Freya.

    Mana-Khemia is quite good, and I would suggest trying it if you can find time. It’s got a great campy humor to it, and it still manages to have a decent story (unlike games such as Disgaea or ZHP that sacrifice plot for penis jokes). The item crafting might be very detailed, but it never really felt tedious to me. Perhaps most importantly, though, is that it isn’t a particularly long game if memory serves (by RPG standards, anyways).

    • Metal C0Mmander
      Metal C0Mmander says:
      January 10, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

      I possess Start Ocean and stopped playing it not because I thought anything was particularly bad but because I went through the half-game dungeon and found out I made a wrong decision but my save which took place before was sending me far too early in the game.

  14. Chaos
    Chaos says:
    January 10, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    Steve you should definitely put Star Ocean TTOT on your to-play list, it’s a gem.

  15. Alexie_dennison
    Alexie_dennison says:
    January 11, 2011 at 1:26 am #

    O___O You got Dark Cloud. I thought that thing was rare as balls on a woman.
    I have it only because my mother scoured the universe for it and found it in a shifty asian games store.

    I recently finished it COMPLETELY~ Well, Not the 100 Lvl dungeon. I haven’t done that yet. But as you said. I don’t have as much time as I used too in highschool to play games.
    I am finding that my time is being consumed by work and Uni. :(

    I am playing the saboteur at the moment on my Ps3. X___X

    • Steve Napierski
      Steve Napierski says:
      January 11, 2011 at 1:43 am #

      Really? It was one of the games I got for free. Would have cost me $5.99 if it wasn’t, though.

  16. Carmel
    Carmel says:
    January 11, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    Don’t worry, you are not alone in having hundreds of shrinkwrapped games around. (Ask me how I know… ;) Alas for us, we fall under Time Flies When You’re Having Kids.

  17. Sarge
    Sarge says:
    January 11, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    No one has mentioned Drill Dozer yet? If you want to play something that you might actually beat in a reasonable time, that’s the one you want to play. It’s a fantastic homage to the classic 16-bit platformers. It was criminally overlooked, and may be Game Freak’s best game. Sorry, Pokemon fans.

  18. Magi
    Magi says:
    January 11, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    This is a comic I completely “feel”.Have some games like that right now,haven’t played them all yet and plan to get to it EVENTUALLY but might not ever seem to get around to it.Just when its such a CHEAP and seemingly good deal it just tempts me into emptying out my wallet.

  19. Gorgon
    Gorgon says:
    January 12, 2011 at 9:05 pm #

    This tells me the game industry has false numbers of consumers on their charts. No wonder they still make bad games.
    after all, SOMEONE keeps buying them

    • Steve Napierski
      Steve Napierski says:
      January 12, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

      In my defense, these aren’t bad games I bought.

  20. Skymin
    Skymin says:
    January 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Gamestop isnt as shitty AS you think….

    I got LBP2 CE for 51 bucks thanks to trade in values…at a store there.

    Then again it’s probaly because I traded in 23 games.But I still got $108 of trade in value.