So, when I was writing my Fanboy May Cry article, I forwarded the link to the video the article was built around to a friend for a laugh who responded within seconds with “That AlphaOmegaSin guy makes really bad videos.” Realizing that I could very well have stumbled upon a material goldmine, I quickly began digging through his back catalogue to see where I could take this. Sure enough one video in particular caught my eye…
Oh man, where do I start!? Most people don’t realize this because they have a life, but a lot of videogame collectors do not like having Greatest Hits/Players Choice/Platinum Hits copies of games in their collection, largely because the “black label” copies tend to be harder to obtain and therefore more valuable/desirable from a collector’s standpoint. All that is fine, buy what you want, I collect video games too, so I get it, at least this far I do. However AlphaOmegaSin takes it all a step further declaring that IT SHOULDN’T EXIST BECAUSE IT LOOKS DIFFERENT ON MY SHELF AND MY OCD DOESN’T HAVE TO TAKE THIS FUCKIN’ BULLSHIT! I’M A SERIOUS COLLECTOR DAMMIT! YOU CAN SUCK MY DICK!
I’ll get to the big reasons why pretty much everything he’s saying is total dog shit in a bit but first I need to point out that this is not an isolated occurrence, it’s a pretty common sentiment amongst my fellow collectors that because they don’t want a greatest hits copy of a game, that the line shouldn’t exist at all. Hell, AlphaOmegaSin isn’t even the only person who posted a video about it; he’s just the most competent one. Don’t believe me?
“I’m a perfectionist” he says as he uploads a video where he spends the entire 2:25 running time not looking at the camera instead of just taking the time out of his life to rerecord it. Also the comments reveals this gem!
I love this guy’s dramatic reenactment of the meeting in which the greatest hits packaging is conceived. Apparently the console wars are just a conspiracy perpetuated by greedy men of ambiguous ethnicity. Mass Effect and Resistance were developed by the same people! In all fairness though, the rest of this guy’s videos aren’t that bad.
GREATEST HITS! THE TERROR OF ALL! BTW CHECK OUT MY SKYRIM COLLECTORS EDITION!
Why does this matter this much? Gamers are the most entitled bunch of whiny brats ever and this instance is no exception. If it is not made for them, the TRUE HARD CORE GAMERZ, then why fucking bother making it!? A common complaint being leveled at the packaging is that it “looks different” that it “sicks out like a sore thumb” or that “you can see it from a mile away.”
NO SHIT SHERLOCK!
The whole point of the packaging is to stick out and give visual cues to less dedicated gamers that the game they’re looking at is:
1.) Popular enough to have sold X number of copies
2.) Generally cheaper than the rest of the games on the shelf.
It’s an entry level line of games people; they’re not made for you. The lines exist for new and casual gamers to find good games at cheap prices without having to put a whole lot of research into it. Back when I finally went Sony, I cut my teeth on a ton of PS1 games like Xenogears and Metal Gear Solid, which were readily available thanks to the greatest hits line and will likely always be easy to get for future generations of entry level retro gamers because people like you treat them as some sort of abomination.
Furthermore, the existence of a Greatest Hits copy of the game does not somehow deny you a standard release copy of the same game. Sure, you can say it makes the standard release copies harder to find, but guess what…
WELCOME TO THE THRILLING WORLD OF A COLLECTOR’S HOBBY!
There is no reason to collect things if you only ever have to put zero effort into it. Part of the thrill of the hobby being able to have things most people won’t have. A standard release copy of whatever is still out there and just because your local Game Stop or Walmart doesn’t have them anymore doesn’t mean you can’t hit up a few pawn shops and flea markets and find them with a little patience. Sure you might have to pay a little more but if that bothers you I’ll direct you to bold, underlined text above (which I’m sure bothered you because it’s not uniform with the rest of the article) and also add that if you insist on partaking in a hobby that you can’t actually afford, you probably have bigger self-control problems going on in your life than a fucking green label on a PS1 game could ever hope to match.
Like I said earlier, it’s okay if you want the black label copies but stop acting like the industry has to bend over backwards to accommodate people like your niche when most people don’t give two shits either way about the packaging and will just buy the game either way it comes to them.
(Alternative title for this article: “Black Label Society”)