We’re kicking off a brand new week today and what better way to get started than with some reader discussion, amirite? Plus it’s a good excuse to pretend you’re at the gym. The mental gym. Working a mental sweat. Anyway, today’s topic focuses on your gaming collections and which game has been eluding you for what seems like forever. What’s that one game that’s been missing from your video game library that you just can’t seem to find, no matter where you look? We want to hear about it!
I fancy myself a collector of sorts, though not in the rabid sense where I have to own everything that comes out. I mean, I have a decent library for each console, but my weakness usually comes in the form of Playstation 2 and Wii games, especially RPGs and survival horror titles — no matter how bad they may be.
I also have a special rule when it comes to hunting down games that I want, and that’s that I don’t shop online. I’m pretty anal retentive about my game collection and I can’t stand having cases up on my shelf that look like they’ve been living at the local homeless shelter, but I also need to be sure that the instruction manual and game disc are both in immaculate shape.
I know, I know, I could save a crap-load of time and just shop on Amazon or eBay, but I can’t physically see it and.. well.. there is just no thrill of the hunt, I suppose.
A few years ago when my girlfriend and I really started going after Playstation 2 stuff, she wanted a copy of Dark Cloud 2 and we had pretty terrible luck finding one that was actually complete with the instruction manual. We probably found 10-15 copies of the game that came with the case, but every time we’d open it up like a treasure chest in The Legend of Zelda, we immediately had the look of disappointment on our faces. This was actually the first instance where we both gave up and just picked up the case and disc, but thankfully we were regulars at our local game shop and one of the workers there let us have a booklet that eventually came in later on.
The other game that caused me to break my internet shopping rule is Rule of Rose on the Playstation 2. If you’re not familiar with it, let me get you up to speed! It’s a survival horror title that released in 2006 and had a limited run due to worldwide controversy it received because it featured violence and sexuality with the underage female cast. It was eventually banned in the UK, but a lucky few here in the States managed to get their hands on a copy. It’s often been described as “Lord of the Flies, but with lesbians“, although it’s a lot deeper than that.
Needless to say we had absolutely no luck even finding an incomplete version of Rule of Rose, but I surprised my girlfriend for Christmas 2 years ago and picked her up a pristine copy from a guy on Amazon. It’s the least I could do since she drove 6 hours from southern California to Las Vegas just for a copy of Fatal Frame when it released.
My elusive game right now though will probably seem a little silly to some, but I’ve been searching for over 3 years and have not been able to find a complete copy of Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon on the Wii. It’s a charming little cartoony adventure game with survival horror elements and happens to be the only Wii game left on my must-buy list.. but I’ve had absolutely no luck at all.
At one point last year I asked the local Gamestop (in South Carolina) if they could check their database and tell me if any Gamestop within 50 miles had a copy, and much to my dismay, the closest Gamestop with one in stock was all the way in Colorado; an incomplete version at that.
One day when I least expect it, I know I’ll stumble upon a copy just like I did with Ar Tonelico Qoga on PS3, but it’ll probably be one of those days where I forget my wallet at home or something.
So let’s hear it! What’s that elusive game that’s missing from your collection? Do you have any similar stories where you went to ridiculous lengths to buy a game? Let us know in the comments below!
Bradley Keene is an avid gamer & freelance blogger from Baltimore, MD who typically handles news and reviews here at What’s Your Tag?. If he’s not knee-deep in an RPG or some form of Nintendo game, he’s usually watching terrible horror films or listening to Gwar. Follow him on Twitter @amgfail_WYT, or contact him by e-mail at email@example.com.