Doesn't being old rule?

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  1. Anthony_J

    Anthony_J Stunt Coordinator

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    Doesn't being old rule?

    Remember when you were younger and you had to beg your parents for a new game, game console, or toy? I'm not even talking about a $300 system. I used to have to beg and whine or do chores so my parents would buy me a $5 GI Joe figure!

    The only real chance you ever had at getting good stuff was on your birthday or the holidays.

    While I guess it was a good thing (built character, work ethic, etc.), I can't help but think it rules to be old with a good paying job.

    Just this weekend I impulse bought a Motorola v60c phone for $500, and I'm sure that I'll buy Xbox or GCN within the next couple of weeks, and I'll probably get 10-15 DVD's or so in the next month.

    That's over $2,000 total, but I don't really care. I'm making up for all the things my parents wouldn't buy me when I was younger.

    I can't help thinking that when you're old and have an "adult" job, everyday is your birthday.
     
  2. Mike_G

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    Anthony,
    While true, you must remember that retirement's just around the corner. Oh, and kid's tuition. Oh, that addition we want to put on. The new car. Braces. Soccer. Etc.
    [​IMG]
    I agree with you 100%, but don't spend too much (I recently stopped. Whoa, nellie!).
    This public service message has been brought to you by someone who learned his lesson.
    Mike
     
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    When I was a kid, I thought being an adult meant that you could eat as many cookies as you wanted, whenever you wanted!
    Now that I'm grown-up, I keep lots of cookies on hand.[​IMG]
     
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    Now that I'm grown up, "cookies" has an entirely different meaning... [​IMG]
     
  5. DonRoeber

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    Wouldn't exactly say that I'm old (23), but I bought a house this past summer. Thats kinda cool. I always thought you had to be all grown up to get one. Apparently a dumb kid like me is able to get one, just by working in IT. Go figure [​IMG]
    As far as toys go, yeah, I buy my share, but I'm also working to build up some extra cash reserves right now, so that I can propose to my girlfriend, get married, and go on a nice honeymoon. Whee!
     
  6. Kelley_B

    Kelley_B Cinematographer

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    Well me and my girlfriend are trying to do all of this stuff this year:
    Buy a house(doing that currently)
    Get married(Sept. 21, 2002)
    Go on a honeymoon
    go to E3(ok I am doing that [​IMG] )
    and another me thing here, have as many videogames as I can.
    Getting old rules, but it sure does cost a lot. Ok now back to clock watching until I get off to go play more Halo and maybe some RS2.
     
  7. Jeremy Illingworth

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    It is pretty cool. I live with the woman in a house I own. In the last year I have spend all my disposable income on toys. Until we have kids we are going to have lots of money and its fantastic.

    jeremy
     
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    Yes, being an adult for me is having the $ to buy whatever I want... Right now i got like $130 in my bank, and cant buy jack-crap with it.... [​IMG]
    Once i get out of school, get a real job, then it'll be cool... :p)
     
  9. Steven K

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    I'm in the same boat as Kelley...
    Ive been out of school for a year, workin in the software engineering field, so I make pretty decent money. When I was single, I was actually looking forward to being single for awhile; where my biggest concern was what DVDs to buy each week (assuming I didn't buy all of the new releases).
    Well, then I got engaged. That ended all of my wild fantasies about thousand dollar trips to Best Buy and Goodwins. Now, its all about saving up for a house, for the honeymoon, and for the future. I usually buy about 2 or 3 DVDs a week, not much in the long run. Granted, its all well worth it to me; I wouldn't trade my position for all of the DVDs in the world.
    Just this past weekend, I was pondering buying a Game Cube. Then I was pondering buying an XBox. Then I was pondering buying both of them. I thought to myself, "it's only $800 and really, that's not a fortune..." (that is, including the games I wanted). But in the end, I opted not to get either one, thinking about the future.
    I say that if you dont ever plan on having a family, enjoy the money you have. Go out and make big purchases, making sure that you are putting enough away for your own individual needs (retirement, in case you lose your job, etc...) However, if you're in a situation like I am, or plan on being in one in the near future, perhaps it's best to think with a conservative mind [​IMG]
     
  10. Nathan A

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    This is kinda on subject- Does anyone else buy more games than they have time to play?

    I've bought probably 40-50 games in the past couple of years that I either haven't touched or haven't played more than a couple of hours. I just don't have the time. I love games, and I buy all that I know I'll want to play, even if I know I won't have time to play them. I try to get through as many as I can, but it's hard working and going to school, etc.

    I just keep thinking to myself "go ahead and get it. Even if I have to wait ten years before I'll be able to start catching up on them all, I'll eventually play all of them." It's starting to look like I won't be able to play them all until after I retire. I'll be an old man, sitting in front of my TV with PS1 controller in hand, finally being able to start Tactics Ogre....I can't wait.

    One of these days I might learn to save my money and only buy what I have time for...but probably not. I suppose I don't mind. I've got lots to look forward to playing over the years. Plus, I can look in my closet and say "Cool! I DID buy that game!"
     
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  12. Trace Downing

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    On the being able to afford stuff, I'm with you all there. I can pretty much afford any toy that comes out (except for an Aston Martin DB7).
    But at age 36, I now think being a teenager rules. You twentysomethings will eventually change your minds...
    A perfect back, with no pain.
    Perfect bones that don't creak
    Perfect ears, with no hair in them
    Fat that actually comes off when you diet
    A full head of hair
    No hair where it shouldn't be growing.
    Unlimited stiffys[​IMG]
    Not many responsibilities
    No evil boss
    teenage sex comedys are actually funny
    Body count horror flicks are actually scary
    Any old piece of junk was perfect, as long as it was a car.
    Porno isn't old hat yet
    You young'ins can keep the zits though.[​IMG]
     
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    At 34 I still have a full head of hair AND unlimited stiffys!!!!!![​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  14. Iain Lambert

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    Woah Kelley, you're scaring me. I've also just dived into the house buying, I'm getting married next April and then (strangely enough) having a honeymoon. Hence the lack of a Gamecube sitting in a UK customs house with my name on it [​IMG]
    Still, once these expenditures are out of the way I'll have to get one...
     
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    Paul, Your such a liar![​IMG]
     
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    Being old is great. Being unemployed ain't. [​IMG]
     
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    I'm 28 years old and I'm doing pretty well. I have a beautiful wife and perfect 7 week old son, great job and a nice home, life is very good. I can pretty much get whatever I want and often do get some very good toys (mostly games...). However I feel to guilty to buy everything in sight. I think it's that whole responsibility thing kicking in. [​IMG]
    -Andre F
     
  18. Jesse Skeen

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    I've bought a lot of stuff to 'compensate' for the stuff I couldn't get when I was younger. My parents wouldn't buy me an Atari, so I finally got one cheap at a thrift store, I've also got a Colecovision and Intellivision. I bought a PS2 just for the hell of it, but I still like the old games better.

    "This is the game system I've always wanted and now I have it- I RULE!"
     
  19. JasonK

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    I'm actually starting to get caught up on my games I have to play pile. Once Metal Gear Solid 2 is done, I only have ICO left to go thru. However, I still have to finish Castlevania Chronicles, Chrono Chross, and a few other PSX classics. And once Xmas rolls around, and Final Fantasy 10, and if I keep taking home the GCN I'll be behind again.

    Oh, and I think most of us here at the forum are the same way with DVD's. I remember reading threads about "How large is your unwatched DVD pile?" With all the great games of late, THAT pile keeps on growing.
     
  20. Anthony_J

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    I agree with you on the unwatched/unplayed piles that I've amassed. Here's my list:

    Unplayed (all Dreamcast because I don't know if I want GCN or X-box or PS2 yet):

    Jet Grind Radio (got it for 10 bucks, only played the first level after 1 month)

    Sega Marine Fishing (same thing, only played it for 15 minutes after having it for a month).

    Sega Bass Fishing 2

    Daytona USA (had it for a year, only amassed about 2 hours of gameplay time)

    Soul Reaver (had it for a year now, never had the time to beat it)

    Rainbow Six (had it for a year, only finished the first level)

    I love all of the games listed, but just don't have the time to play them a ton. I tend to pick up games you can play in spurts or without hooking up a different controller such as Crazy Taxi, Soul Caliber, Tony Hawk 2, or NFL2K1.

    I'm worse with unwatched DVDs:

    Hannibal

    Seven

    Fight Club

    Almost Famous (I don't want to watch it until I get the SE)

    LA Confidential

    Casino

    Saving Private Ryan

    This is Spinal Tap

    Life of Brian

    Simpson's Season 1 box set

    Godfather Trilogy box set

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Get a Life - Vol. 1

    Airplane!

    Shrek

    I figure if I hole myself up for a good month, I can watch the DVD's and beat all of the games listed. On the plus side, I won't be spending money during that month which justifies the original cost of the items.

    See? It all works out in the end. The list above represents at least $2,300 well spent dollars.

    But first I'll have to upgrade my TV and audio, and get that new console...
     

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