The Collector

[Blaugust Day 14]

In a roundabout way, Sony almost pushed me back into a life of piracy with their latest PSN Square-Enix sale. Not sure how long it’s going to last, but some of the games include:

  • Tactics Ogre – $9.99
  • Final Fantasy IX – $4.99
  • Final Fantasy VIII – $4.99
  • Final Fantasy Tactics – $4.99
  • Legend of Mana – $2.99
  • Vagrant Story – $2.99

When I saw this list, my first thought was “gimmie gimmie gimmie.”

My second thought was “What? No, that’s silly. And $10 for Tactics Ogre? Yeah right.” What was pulling on my strings a bit at this point was that all of these games were cross-play with the PSP and Vita. I don’t actually own a Vita, and fully expect the handheld to go under in the next few years or less, but I do own a rather inordinate amount of Vita games by virtue of my PS+ subscription. So despite the fact that I own physical copies of at least three of those games, my inclination was purchase digital copies “for the future.” You know, one in which I move again and don’t need to lug the discs around.

Then I started to think about why I own a PSP and not a Vita in the first place. Then I remembered that post I wrote last year. And then I went to Amazon to reaffirm the insanity:

Abandon all logic, ye who games here.

Abandon all logic, ye who games here.

Yeah, fuck you, Sony.

So there I sat, fuming, fingers ready to raise the black flag out of spite. Seriously guys, Sony’s proprietary bullshit is over five times more expensive than a microSD card! No matter how cheap a deal I could get on a Vita, that memory card would just erase all of the gains by itself. What would the price of one of those be even in a Toys-R-Us fire sale? $40? $30?!


Then I remembered that the last time I touched my PSP was six months ago. And the likelihood of me actually playing those games again are even smaller. If I lived in a city first-world country that actually had a working commuter rail system, things might be different. Alas, I am in the United States, and can’t even settle for a busing system that could get me 10 miles to work in less than 2 hours.

Oh well.

Posted on August 14, 2015, in Miscellany and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. To be fair, Tactics Ogre is a freaking amazing game, so $10 is ‘worth it’ if it was a PC game. Fully agree on the PSP stuff though, I’m amazing it hasn’t already been killed off.


    • I agree with its quality. It’s really a shame it came out around the same time as FFT, which ended up overshadowing it in the public eye. [Edit] Apparently FFT came out in 1998, almost three years after Tactics Ogre. Weird. I always felt like they came out at the same time.

      Still, $9.99 is “half off” it’s normal price of $20… which is just a few dollars off the price of a physical PSP version. Of a game that came out almost exactly 20 years ago.


      • The TO team was mostly poached by Square then made FFT. The fact that we haven’t had a really good FFT sequel, one that captures the feel, really disappoints me.


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