What's your most regrettable gaming purchase?

MurderbearMurderbear Cold Spring, Ky
I don't know what got me thinking about this but I thought it would be fun to talk about.

Growing up I had an Atari 2600 and then around 87 we got an NES and then I guess a few years later we got a Sega Genesis. And I think that was the last console my parents ever bought. Nope, scratch that, they did get the PS1 I think Christmas 1996. Just a little back story because my tale of woe takes place between Genesis and PS1.

I'm 35 now but I believe I was 12 almost 13 when I had my eyes set on the prize. My parents told me they weren't buying anymore gaming systems and if I wanted it, I'd have to save my money. So I did. Birthday, Christmas, mowing lawns, chores all the the typical kid ways of making money. I think I made it to $200 and my folks decided I'd worked hard so they chipped in the last bit. We got the console and a couple games. I was so excited. It was finally mine! The Atari Jaguar was mine! Womp womp.

If anyone remembers that horrible piece of machinery, they could understand how shitty it was for a 12 year old kid to work so hard for such a disappointing piece of junk. There were a couple of games I genuinely liked. Aliens vs Predator, Checkered Flag, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. But that was about it. The console sucked. The controller was a nightmare. I was so angry.

It wasn't until September Ninth, 1999 when I tried to redeem myself with my next console purchase. The Sega Dreamcast. Ffffffffuuuuuuuuuu
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  • I used to read the gaming magazines and only bought the stuff that got good reviews, and the reviews were honest, so I never bought a bad console or game. But I think the worst game I ever played was The Lion King on the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive. It was like a group of the most evil trolls in the world had come together and designed the most enraging, unpleasant game possible.
    Murderbear
  • MurderbearMurderbear Cold Spring, Ky
    I'd say you're pretty lucky if The Lion King is the worst game you've ever played! Ha!
  • Frakkin TFrakkin T Boston MA
    edited February 25
    I regretted buying the Wii after having it for 3 or 4 months and the realization sunk in that I could never play any real grown-up games on it. (Stuff like GTA, COD, Arkham, etc.) Cash flow was a lot tighter back then and I couldn't just buy another console. Lucky for me I found someone on Craigslist who would trade me an Xbox 360 and a few games for my Wii and games. I haven't once regretted getting off the Nintendo train. I know they have a lot of fans, but Nintendo is too kid/family friendly for me. 

    @Murderbear That must have been a terrible system--I never even heard of it and I seem to have been in high school when it came out. I don't remember anyone talking about it.
    DummyMurderbearVasilnate1

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  • I've had a PS4 for a while and have never regretted it for a second, but when Halo 5 and Rise of the Tomb Raider came out I had some extra cash and decided to try out the Xbox one. I also felt guilty for leaving my xbox friends behind and wanted to play with them again. Unfortunately I hated almost everything about the Xbox One. The layout was confusing, figuring out how to play with my friends was a nightmare, and there were some other problems that may have been unique to my specific console. It didn’t help that Halo 5 was pretty dissapointing. I eventually sold it to my sister for like $200, and she ended up trading it straight up for a 360.
    Murderbear
  • WonderedObjectWonderedObject SAN Francisco, CA
    edited February 25
    I regret making the same purchase year after year. Madden.

    Always say I won't buy it because they refuse to really do much of a change especially with my career mode but august rolls around and I'm first in line.

    In all honesty, the one purchase I regret recently would be the new Star Wars battlefront.
    Murderbear

  • cdrivecdrive Houston, TX
    Lord of the Rings: Third Age for PS2. So glitchy it was unplayable. I was so pissed. We had gotten many hours and many a nights into it and then it got stuck on a glitch. The previous 2 games were so damn fun. We loved them. Great couch co op games. But Third Age suuuuuhhhhhhhcked.
    Murderbear
  • Vasilnate1Vasilnate1 Salem, MA
    edited February 26
    the Wii and the Wii-U.  I feel like I got both systems out of a nostalgic longing for Mario and Zelda games(which will probably lead me to get the Switch too), but once I scratch those itches I realize just like @FrakkinT that the Wii is gimmicky and can't be used to play real games.  Also I cant remember the Zelda(maybe Skyward Sword)that came out during the Wii run, but it was junk, and I was really excited to play golf games with the Wii-mote, but that was less than stellar.  The Wii-U on the other hand is a much nicer system, it just has no games, there are a small handfull of games that shine on Wii-U, but the Zelda they kept promising got pushed back so now its coming out with the Switch. I got the Wii-U in hopes of a Zelda coming out for it, and once I got 3 stars on everything in Mario 3D there wasnt much else to play on it.
    DummyMurderbear
    "because everything would be what it isn't"
  • I actually liked the Lion King game, but never played past the elephant graveyard. Sega didn't save progress and parents would turn it off after half an hour.

    I loved my SNES though, I got it two years old, refurbished. It still works and I have it at my office for kids to play if they have to wait. I still have the old Star Wars arcade game for it.

    Actually, now that I think of it, I regret buying Star Trek DS9 for SNES. That game goes no where.
    Murderbear
  • i got a dreamcast--i regret nothing!  and a wii and a wii u, none of which i really regretted.

    the first time i remember thinking, "wow, i've been had" was when i bought "ascendency" after playing a time-limited demo of it.  they time-limited the demo so you wouldn't see that the ai was a drooling idiot and made the game an exercise in pointlessness...  and it was an expensive game at the time.  it got good reviews even, the mechanics and graphics were good and i think they patched in some kind of ai later, but i still remember that feeling (i had it again in a more minor way with no man's sky--although i am incapable of the kind of hype i used to be so somewhat vaccinated against disappointment; thanks, george lucas and phantom menace).  at this point i have a lot more resources, so even a bad purchase i can shrug off more than i could when i was in high school or college.
    Murderbear
  • I regret nothing.  NOTHING!  I've played some bad games and some great ones.  I had the Atari 2600, NES, SNES, PS1, GCUBE, PS2, Xbox, PS3, 360, PS4, PC.  I had a roommate that had the Wii, and my current roommate has the Wii U.  (He regrets the Wii U.)  If I had regrets, it would be trading in all my PS3 games to get a 3DS that I played about 10 hours on and never touched again. 

    Things I don't regret:
    1. Buying the PSVR.  It is awesome.
    2. After two weeks with the PSVR, throwing all my money at a GTX 1080 and a Vive.
    3. Finding out the GTX 1080 doesn't fit with my case or power supply.
    4. Buying a new case and power supply.

    VR, and especially roomscale, is really freaking cool.  When the AAA games start to drop, and especially when the social apps start maturing and hitting the market its gonna be lit.
    </hijack>
    Vasilnate1HatorianMurderbear
  • FreddyFreddy Denton, Texas
    Elder Scrolls Online. Good God, what a shitty game. Bought plenty of bad games over the years, but it's the only one I paid full retail for and absolutely hated.
    Vasilnate1Murderbear
    I just want to be famous enough that a porn parody gets made about me.
  • I love my Vive and wouldn't consider it a regrettable decision but I am a bit let down by the lack of aAA games. Why do we not have a Jedi master game yet? It is perfect for lightsaber duels and my Favourite game was Trials on Tattoine which is a 5 minute game.
    Murderbear
    No Half Measures....
  • I am very glad I didn't buy No Man's Sky.  I almost did.  Almost.
    Murderbear
    Yeah? Well, y'know... that's just like uh... your opinion, man.
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA

    I am very glad I didn't buy No Man's Sky.  I almost did.  Almost.

    I almost did as well. I was so close to pulling the trigger on it, but decided to hold off. I actually feel really bad for the developers. It seems to me that they were a bit victims of the hype machine and thats not entirely their fault. 
    Vasilnate1
  • Vasilnate1Vasilnate1 Salem, MA
    edited February 27

    I am very glad I didn't buy No Man's Sky.  I almost did.  Almost.

    I almost did as well. I was so close to pulling the trigger on it, but decided to hold off. I actually feel really bad for the developers. It seems to me that they were a bit victims of the hype machine and thats not entirely their fault. 
    well they lit the fire on the hype so they could get that sweet pre-order money, but probably not totally their fault.  I think its actually become a "what not to do" for other developers, who are trying to create something similar.  Games like Astroneer seem like they are doing it right
    Murderbear
    "because everything would be what it isn't"
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA

    I am very glad I didn't buy No Man's Sky.  I almost did.  Almost.

    I almost did as well. I was so close to pulling the trigger on it, but decided to hold off. I actually feel really bad for the developers. It seems to me that they were a bit victims of the hype machine and thats not entirely their fault. 
    well they lit the fire on the hype so they could get that sweet pre-order money, but probably not totally their fault.  I think its actually become a "what not to do" for other developers, who are trying to create something similar.  Games like Astroneer seem like they are doing it right
    Thats accurate, they started the whole thing. But it seemed like it got away from them like a wildfire. 
    MurderbearVasilnate1
  • MurderbearMurderbear Cold Spring, Ky
    edited February 27
    I had a great month with No Man's Sky. Sometimes I love those type of games that are perfect to zone out on. Turn the game on and maybe listen to some music or your favorite podcast and just go. It was kind of mindless but I cold appreciate that.

    They finally put out that huge "Foundation Update" which was a big deal. It added a lot of things that were sorta promised from the very beginning. But I had already fallen off by that point. I played around with the new stuff for about an hour and haven't been back since, which is unfortunate.

    @voodoorat Honestly, I do not regret my Dreamcast purchase. I still have it. I have a tradition where every winter I play through Shenmue. That console had such potential and then just got stomped by the PS2.

    Probably the worst game I ever played was on Dreamcast though. When I bought the console, I bought NFL 2K (fantastic) and I took a chance on Blue Stinger. It seemed like at the time Game Informer had built it up as a Resident Evil type clone game and it got me excited but it was absolute trash. If you've never played it, consider yourself lucky!

    Also, Lion King was good but Aladdin on Genesis is the best Disney game. Just sayin.
  • FreddyFreddy Denton, Texas
    edited February 27

    I am very glad I didn't buy No Man's Sky.  I almost did.  Almost.

    Overpriced tech demo, but I can't say it was sooo bad that I regret my day one purchase. Also, I went into it with the mindset that even if it sucks, throwing money at a developer that's at least trying to push the state of the art forward is a good thing.

    Now if you want to talk about regret when it comes to No Man's Sky, I'd suspect Sean Murray has about half a dozen or so. Ha ha
    MurderbearVasilnate1
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  • i liked no man's sky okay--if it had cost $20-30 and avoided most of the hype i don't think there really would have been an issue with it at all, but as it was i sort of eventually had the same reaction to it that i had to daggerfall:  enormity without purpose and meaning just isn't compelling.  but like i said, buying it didn't hurt me the way it would have to drop $60 on something twenty or twenty-five years ago (not just because the money was objectively worth more then either, but i might get one $60 game every three or four months if i was lucky).
  • I don't know what got me thinking about this but I thought it would be fun to talk about.

    Growing up I had an Atari 2600 and then around 87 we got an NES and then I guess a few years later we got a Sega Genesis. And I think that was the last console my parents ever bought. Nope, scratch that, they did get the PS1 I think Christmas 1996. Just a little back story because my tale of woe takes place between Genesis and PS1.

    I'm 35 now but I believe I was 12 almost 13 when I had my eyes set on the prize. My parents told me they weren't buying anymore gaming systems and if I wanted it, I'd have to save my money. So I did. Birthday, Christmas, mowing lawns, chores all the the typical kid ways of making money. I think I made it to $200 and my folks decided I'd worked hard so they chipped in the last bit. We got the console and a couple games. I was so excited. It was finally mine! The Atari Jaguar was mine! Womp womp.

    If anyone remembers that horrible piece of machinery, they could understand how shitty it was for a 12 year old kid to work so hard for such a disappointing piece of junk. There were a couple of games I genuinely liked. Aliens vs Predator, Checkered Flag, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. But that was about it. The console sucked. The controller was a nightmare. I was so angry.

    It wasn't until September Ninth, 1999 when I tried to redeem myself with my next console purchase. The Sega Dreamcast. Ffffffffuuuuuuuuuu

    Dreamcast was great and if you knew people or how it designed its discs, you could bootleg the hell out of it.  It sucked it did not last long because of the PS2 and the bootlegging.
    cdrive
    "I muffle motherfuckers up like Meineke"  Ghostface Killah (Clipse of Doom)
    "I don't give a fuck about your war or your President"  Snake Plissken (Escape from New York)


  • edited February 28
    I have a bunch of PS4 games on queue waiting for me to finish The Last of Us to get to. Hopefully I don't have to update my choice here. As far as I remember, my mom purchased NFL Football for the Super Nintendo.  I was a big Barry Sanders/NFL Football fan so after playing Tecmo Bowl at friend's houses I finally got a football game I could play myself.  I know I'm not generally great at football games but this game was a piece of shit.  The passing mechanics was shit and camera angle was horrible.  It did not help when going to my friend's house and he having probably my favorite sports game ever Pro Football '94 starring Joe Montana for the Genesis.  I don't think I ever hated a game as much as that one and it did not help that my friend had a superior version on a console I did not have at the time.

    As far as a game I purchased with my own money, I'd have to say Dishonored.  Granted I did not pay too much for it ($6.99) but I think 2 months later it was part of the Games with Gold for free.  And something about it bothered me so much that I lost interest in playing it as soon as I meet with the little girl and those assholes killed her mom (I think) and others around the area.  I tried playing it 3 times and I can't bring myself to play it.  I maybe missed something but that's what comes to mind.
    "I muffle motherfuckers up like Meineke"  Ghostface Killah (Clipse of Doom)
    "I don't give a fuck about your war or your President"  Snake Plissken (Escape from New York)


  • cdrivecdrive Houston, TX
    Anyone remember the plug in mod chip for PS1 that let people play burnt CD copies of games? Games possibly rented at blockbuster?
    mileswarrin
  • kingbee67kingbee67 Los Angeles Ca.
    Xbox 360, I used the stimulus money the gov. sent me like in 2008. I found that most of the games were lame at the time when I bought it. Also I felt 60 dollars a game was just to much for the content they were putting out. I finally sold it too Game Stop.
  • edited February 28
    cdrive said:

    Anyone remember the plug in mod chip for PS1 that let people play burnt CD copies of games? Games possibly rented at blockbuster?

    yup.  That's how I played Metal Gear Solid, though if I remember correctly, I could not play the second disc because of how the mod operated.  The second disc would not spin after insertion.
    cdrive
    "I muffle motherfuckers up like Meineke"  Ghostface Killah (Clipse of Doom)
    "I don't give a fuck about your war or your President"  Snake Plissken (Escape from New York)


  • cdrivecdrive Houston, TX
    edited February 28
    That game was so damn good. "Snaaaaake!"
  • MurderbearMurderbear Cold Spring, Ky
    @mileswarrin I had a neighbor years ago who also had a Dreamcast and he hooked me up with a bunch of discs with old games. The NES one had over 1,400 games on it. Now, that was just about every single legit NES game and tons of modded ones. There were at least 100 different versions of The Super Mario Brothers. My favorite was Super Gothic Brothers where you played as The Crow and instead of mushroom powerups they were cans of Dr. Pepper. Weird shit.
    Doctor_Nick
  • Literally every pay-to-win/micro-transaction ever. 
    voodoorathisdudeness915MurderbearcdriveVasilnate1
  • MattyWeavesMattyWeaves Mid-State New York
    Stronghold 2.

    I think I had been playing the first Stronghold game for a few years at that point. I had gotten it for $10 at Target on a random try because it sort of looked like Warcraft 2 and Age of Empires. I can only think of a handful of games that I've played more, and they were RPG's.

    It wasn't easy to find game reviews when the second came out, and I wanted it more than anything. So, I drove 45 minutes to the mall and got it from EB Games. I tried it and hated it. It was nothing like the original, and you couldn't just return a game because you didn't like it.

    So much disappointment. I think it's one of the reasons I rarely get games on day 1.
    Murderbear
    Cool. Cool, cool, cool.
  • edited March 5
    Overwatch.

    Haven't played online FPS in years (since MW2 and Halo 3), because I'm not that into them. I'm especially not into online games where different characters have drastically different play-styles (team fortress 2, league of legends).

    Despite this, I bought into the hype and picked Overwatch up on craigslist. Did not enjoy it much at all. I can see why people like it, but I found there was too much time between matches, no team coordination, and horrible matchmaking by rank (this is the biggest complaint. I'd be a level 6 matched with people in the hundreds regularly). It's also has a very steep learning curve because every hero requires very different things.

    Again, I see why people enjoy it, it's just not for me. I much prefer online experiences like Rocket League, where everyone has the same abilities.
    Vasilnate1Murderbear
  • ExtremeSteve Houston, Texas
    I would say virtual boy but I sold it for like a stack.
    Murderbear
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