Memoirs of an OCD Gamer
Buying a used game online has always been sort of a mixed bag for me. I'm that guy who hates fingerprints on a CD and should a scratch appear, well I may just go catatonic. So you imagine how difficult it is for me to make that dive into the second hand market. I collect primarily for the Sega Dreamcast but I break rank every now and then for the PS2 as well. Apart from an incredible find at a Goodwill or garage sale, I mostly have to resort to dealing with Ebay vendors. Truthfully you don’t know what your going to get when you purchase from some of these sellers and therein lies my grief. So let the ranting begin!
First off lets establish that the condition of a game unless titled as brand new, is always a lie. Scratch that because even a brand new game can be a lie. A while back I purchased what was described as a factory sealed copy of MDK2 (great game). I opened the game and took a look at the instruction booklet and low and behold the previous owner had written some cheats in the damn thing! This bum resealed his copy all in the hopes of pulling a fast one over me! I guess this is why they invented the “Like New” condition. So basically honesty is paramount for me, don’t try to deceive me. If a game is dirty tell me, if it has scratches tell me, if the manual has dried up peanut butter in it (this has happened) I want to know!
Next if you aren’t going to show me a picture of your game I'm not going to buy it. You'll exert more effort on the toilet, than the time it takes to upload a few pics of the game from your phone. If I'm going to hand you over my money at least let me get a look at the goods. Ebay should make posting a picture mandatory and stop with the stock picture nonsense. When I don’t see an image, immediately a thousand questions rush to my head. With the only logically answer being don’t buy this.
Last but not least stop taking pictures of the CD with the data side on the floor! I don’t know how this became a widespread thing but it needs to stop. The market for your ten year old game exists only because there are weirdos in the world who would rather be playing Power Stone than the next iteration of Street Fighter 4. We are a finicky bunch and can easily be scared off. So don’t further degrade your copy by putting it on the floor. A special hell exists for the ones who put their CD's on concrete, whats wrong with you?
So there you have it, an insight into my madness. By no means do I wish to write off the entire Ebay community. There exists many sellers out there who are reputable and are more than willing to honor your requests. But for those bad apples out there, you will forever have the wag of my finger.