Kyle is a contributing editor for Destructoid with a love for all that is bizarre and Japanese in the world. Raised in these here Cblogs, Kyle likes shiny things, long walks on the beach, and raccoons.
I used to be an avid fan of Goozex. During my college years money was tight and I liked the idea of skirting around corporate middlemen and exchanging games with a community of players. I was actually introduced with Goozex through the Dtoid forums' trading community -- which never seemed to fully take off but netted me a couple gems and let me interact with some kind and generous folks.
Goozex cost a little more, but it seemed like it was worth it. Over the course of a couple years I unloaded pretty much every game I no longer wanted and acquired a bunch of great titles I likely wouldn't have spent actual money on. That was all well and good for a while there, but the honeymoon is over.
I feel like it's 1929 (or 2008) and I have stock in a market that I'm not terribly confident in. I'm not sure whether to pull out and get what I can before it keels over or ride it out and hope that I can weather this storm and see a return on my investment.
I still have enough points to net myself a few games but the community doesn't seem to be there anymore. My requested games list has some incredibly long waits and I've recently run out of tokens. Recently these tokens have increased in price and I'm not entirely sure I want to invest more in a market that looks like it's going down the tubes to reclaim equity.
There are plenty of prophets on the site's forums spelling doom for the website because people like me are losing confidence in the site. They're not willing to trade away games because they're afraid they'll never see a return in kind. I'm at a crossroads. Do I cut my losses and just give up the chance at two, three, four potential games? Or should I invest more cash into something that I'm far from confident that I'll see a good return for?
Makes me long for the innocent days of my trading days in the forums.