I couldn’t believe it when my nephew said he had recently sold his Xbox 360 and the games. He said he didn’t use it and only played PC games now. It’s a mistake he’ll come to regret; my Xbox 360 is not for sale.
Taking nothing away from PC gaming (or the new generation of consoles for that matter), but we can already clearly see that as gamers mature, they increasingly look for nostalgic experiences from their early gaming days.
This is easily seen in the rise of retrogamimg over the past few years. Many gamers who are now in their 30s and 40s have been clawing to rediscover the experiences they had on consoles such as the NES, SNES, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, PS1, PS2 and original Xbox. This phenomenon is likely to repeat itself with 7th gen consoles.
Although gaming will continue to advance, and new consoles will undoubtedly be released, as teens and twentysomethings age, they will begin to look for the experiences they had with the consoles they started out with.
Just to make it clear, this isn’t about making money. Due to their popularity, selling your 7th gen console and the games in years to come is unlikely to earn you much; it’s more about the desire to play the games you spent so long on when you were younger and the memories they hold.
With remasters of many of the older games or versions available digitally either through emulation or e-shops, some might argue that there’s no need to keep hold of the original consoles. All that is well and good, but it still doesn’t quite capture the feeling of playing those games on the original hardware – even holding the old controllers again is a joy. Take this from someone who recently rebought an original Xbox.
So, if you’re looking to sell your older console, I suggest giving it a second thought because you might just end up regretting it.
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