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Sam Prescott | 18 Dec 2011 10:00
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With triple-A releases coming so fast and thick that your wallet is weeping, now is a perfect time to think about some of those discarded discs, or even about buying an older system and chopping through some of the better-known titles now some dust has really settled on them. There's something to be said for finding a game from a few years back, playing it through, and testing it against the reviews that have had that same period of time to marinate.

It's important you find your own back catalog games, and don't let anyone push you into playing something you don't want to.

This can be especially rewarding if you are going back to a game you once went a few rounds with. Think about how you can make that return journey special. Don't make the credits your goal; don't limit yourself to spending hours trying to shoot birds so you can see those numbers clock over to 100. Just engage. See the forest. Look for things you missed and take some time to appreciate details you almost maligned in your rigid forward momentum. Update Twitter with your discoveries, maybe. People on Twitter care about that stuff.

It would be too easy to create a list packed with games that are worth another go-round, particularly if those are games in which you dabbled but never finished. But a list tells only half a story. Committing to back catalog games can sometimes require you to put aside prejudices, or worse, delay playing something that has just appeared on the market. Hey, that's a hurdle, for sure. So it's important you find your own back catalog games, and don't let anyone push you into playing something you don't want to. Like all of life's most important things that aren't superficial in any way, if you start lying to yourself, this is over before it's begun.

Exploring the ghosts of videogames past can be a daunting prospect. It requires you to really face your FOMO demons: the F stands for Fear, and fear's real power is in the unknown. In the thick of it, FOMO is defined by the feeling that something awesome is happening somewhere and you're not a part of it. When you look back over the last few years in gaming and realize that actually, yes, there were hundreds of parties to which you didn't get an invite, you could be forgiven for thinking that you might be even less inclined to keep digging.

But there's a welcoming lack of pace back here among the roses. There's the Spring whiff of no money down, and the sprightly aroma of no release dates, and even better, the gorgeous bloom of zero broken promises.

Sam Prescott is a freelance writer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He has written about videogames for IGN AU and other antipodean web publications. Even though he is a wicked ginger, he has a super hot wife. He is as surprised about that as anyone.

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