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on 30 Jul 2011 01:25

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Weirdest Reasons I Bought A Game

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1. Shadow Hearts - PlayStation 2
The Great Gama

Folks who know me know that I am a gigantic wrestling nerd/historian. So, when I heard that the legendary Great Gama (who won the South Asian version of the World Heavyweight title in 1910) was a character in Shadow Hearts, that was more than enough of a reason for me to invest in this game.

A nod also goes to Rasputin being in the game as a main character, as I've always been fascinated by him and the mystery surrounding his super-human-like ability to resist death.
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2. Kirby's Adventure - Famicom and NES
It was in French.

I'm assuming that one of the versions of Kirby's Adventure I have made its way into my hands via Quebec, as it's a North American version of the game, but it's all in French. Upon learning this, and seeing the $4 price tag, I felt the need to own it, regardless of the fact that I can't speak French in the slightest.
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3. Sonic Adventure 2 - Sega Dreamcast
A gold, Sonic coin.

Yes, I purchased this game because pre-orders received an anniversary package that included a soundtrack, tiny history-of booklet, and a golden Sonic the Hedgehog coin. I wanted the coin. Since I worked at Funcoland (which became a GameStop, like a week later) at the time, I put in a pre-order at the last minute upon finding out about this weird little gift.
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4. Starship Hector - Famicom and NES
The idea of a talking spaceship, that happens to have a Mexican accent, makes me chuckle.

The spaceship doesn't talk, nor is it of Latin decent, but that doesn't prevent me from letting my imagination cover up those minor details. My imagination went wild thinking about what the game could have been, rather than what it is, and actually resulted in me talking myself into buying the game anyway. Needless to say, this game wasn't quite what I was hoping it'd be...But it was decent all the same.

And on a side note, yes, that poorly Photoshopped image above does include a fart joke. I'm quite a mature lad.
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5. Zone Of The Enders - PlayStation 2
A demo.

I didn't care about this game in the slightest, I just wanted the Metal Gear Solid 2 demo that came packed in. I joked around with friends that I had paid $50 for a demo that came packaged with a free game. I wasn't a huge fan of this game as a whole, either...I think I actually put more hours into seeing every little detail of the MGS 2 demo and just messing around in it than I did playing the game it was packaged with. Sad, eh?
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6. Babysitting Mama - Nintendo Wii
The idea of a near-30-year-old guy playing this makes me laugh.

I'm almost at the big 3-0, and not quite as old at the gentleman above, and the idea of me playing this just makes me laugh. A grown, adult-ish fellow playing with a doll is very humorous to me...So, since I figured nobody else I know would do it, I went out and bought the game myself. Haven't played it yet, but rest assured, when I do, I'm gonna have a good laugh out of it.

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7. Rogue Galaxy - PlayStation 2
A flag.

Sony sent me a pirate flag in the mail to promote this game. Who would be dumb enough to buy a game because of a flag? This feller right here. I still have the flag, too...and I'm glad I bought the game.
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8. Sneak King - Xbox 360
The satisfaction of adding $3 to my total and being able to then carry a brand new video game to my seat, along with a mildly edible, grease-fest of a burger.

Oh, and also because the game stars that creepy Burger King dude that likes to rudely stare at people for awkward periods of time.

I actually have all three of the Burger King games, and two copies of Sneak King here. One copy I bought, for the dumb reason above, and the other copy (along with the other two BK games) was given to me by two of my best friends back in Seattle, as they were both working at Microsoft at the time and each got a copy of all three games. Since they're a happily married couple, rather than keep both copies, they sent the doubles my way. But anyway, despite the fact that I still haven't had the chance to play any of the games from the King, this still remains the most satisfying $3 I ever spent at a fast food joint.


Whether it be a spur-of-the-moment decision, or an odd marketing ploy, or pretty much everything inbetween, these are the games that I purchased without a justifiable reason by most folks' standards.

Oh, and if an image wasn't available and I couldn't find one to my liking, I went ahead and did some poor Photoshop work to get my point across (see Starship Hector).

More to be added when/if I can think of 'em.

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Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 26 19:27
Great list, man! All weird reasons, but then the most memorable ones are. =]
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 26 19:49
I agree about the greatness of the list, sir!

Some of the reasons are definitely weird, but I see that the rating for the majority of the games is good. I'm guessing that you didn't regret these purchases.
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Nov 14 21:08
You aren't the only one who only got ZoE for that demo. The hours spent peeping at the girl posters in that locker room...
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Nov 15 0:29
Thanks for the list. I got a good chuckle out of it.
Posted: 2 years, 3 months ago at May 20 16:08
Yes!! I love it!
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Sep 18 13:45
Cool list!
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Sep 18 17:49
Good list, and highlights the strangeness of gamers :)

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