I own Metal Gear Solid (PSone).
I own Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions (PSone).
I own Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (PS2).
I own Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (PS2).
I own the original Metal Gear (NES & Subsistence versions).
I own Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (Subsistence version).
I own Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (Xbox 360)
I own Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Limited Edition (PS3).
I don't say this as a way to boast about my gaming-dong, I just love the Metal Gear franchise, to the point that I own a few of the entries listed above more than once (and even more games in the franchise that aren't listed). So why is it that on July 9th, when Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection is released, I intend to walk into a store and buy all the games above one more time? It makes no practical sense for me to spend my hard-earned money--money that could be spent on a game I've never played--on a collection of games that I already have.
It makes no sense, but there is a logical explanation. I'm a sucker. I'm a sucker for all things Metal Gear, and I've been duped once again. That 100-page art book is a nice bonus, but even if it weren't included, I would still be throwing down $50 to get this in my hands.
Metal Gear isn't the only franchise that manages to elicit this kind of gullibility out of me. I fully intend to buy Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D despite already having played the Wii version. I'm currently playing Resident Evil Revelations on the 3DS and I love it, and even though I've already stated that there's no way I'm going to buy the HD console version, I know for a fact that someone like Amazon is going to have it on sale for $20 in the near future, and I won't be able to resist.
Why do I do this?
You know what else I'm guilty of? Buying ludicrously overpriced special editions of games. If they throw in a statue or toy of some kind, I'm all over it. The saddest part is that most of these so-called "special editions" aren't actually that special, at least not to the point that they're flying off the shelves. You can walk into a GameStop six months after a game is released and still find the giant boxes on display at a reduced price, with employees practically begging you to get that eyesore out of their store.
I've been burned by special editions on more than one occasion. The most recent one being the Killzone 3: Helghast Edition. I knew going in that I was only interested in the game for the campaign (I'm not much of a multiplayer guy), but I really wanted that Helghast helmet, so I dropped $130 on it on day one. I only kept the game for a few weeks before trading it in. The worst part of this whole story? A retailer (not sure which one) had the exact same Helghast Edition on sale for $30. Yes, $100 less than what I had paid for it. That Helghast helmet still sits in my living room, and every time I look at it, it's a disappointing reminder that I could have $100 more in my bank account today. It was one of my greater errors in judgment.
Not to say that they're all pointless, I managed to snag the Borderlands 2 Ultimate Loot Chest Edition. It set me back a pretty penny, but when considering how big of Borderlands nuts my wife and I are, it was well worth the money, and that loot chest is pretty much the centerpiece of our living room. Same thing with the Gears of War 3 Epic Edition. Even if you you don't like the game, you have to admit that this statue is pretty awesome:
You might even say that it's...epic? Eh? I'm sorry.
It's not a new phenomenon, there are tons of collectors out there that are way more obsessed with this sort of thing than I am. People that will buy multiple copies of the exact same game just because it has alternate cover art. Game of the year editions are another thing that always seem to suck me in.
We are a frivolous bunch in the gaming community. It reminds me a lot of an episode of The Simpsons called "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy." Lisa tries to bring down the Malibu Stacy doll empire by introducing a new doll that is a better model for young girls to emulate. At the unveiling of "Lisa Lionheart," instead of buying the new doll, the masses instead flock to the Malibu Stacy figures because they now feature a "New Hat!" I think we gamers are the same way, add even the smallest content to a game and we look at it like it's a brand new product.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying anyone is foolish for this kind of thing. I'll be the first to raise my hand and announce my gullibility to the world. Videogames are our passion, and we can buy as many copies of whatever game we want. It's no different than a music buff buying an album on vinyl, CD, cassette, and digitally. A friend of mine owns The Wizard of Oz on every format that it's ever been on. We're doing the exact same thing. I've asked myself why I do this sort of thing, and the answer is that collector's/special editions are like the new hat for my Malibu Stacy.