This is a bit rambly, but I’ve been thinking about it recently. So, having spent a couple of months with my Nintendo Switch, I discovered just how much I want portable versions of games I already love. Darkest Dungeon on the go already makes me happy, and it’s perfectly build for touch screen gaming (although the standard controls have taken a bit of getting used to). Being able to take the Jackbox games on holiday sounds good, but god help me if Blizzard ever put Diablo 3 on the Switch. It got me thinking about how often I double dip on buying games though.
With the Switch, it makes a certain amount of sense to buy a game I already have. Being able to play Rocket League on the go is a pretty cool feature that isn’t really included in other versions of the game, but I haven’t bought it yet. This is because I already own it three times (admittedly one of them was free) and purchasing it a fouth time seems somewhat excessive. Yes, I draw the line at quadruple dipping.
This makes me question how many times I’ve bought a game when I already own it. I’ve bought Mario 3 at least twice, Tetris more times than I care to admit, and you could find Bioshock in more than a couple of my collections. Is this excessive? A waste? It’s not like I buy them and don’t play them, but is it wasteful to get Bioshock on PC when I could just reconnect my Xbox 360 to play it? Perhaps I’m paying for the convenience.
Is double dipping something that a lot of gamers do? Are you “guilty” (although that’s probably not a good choice of words) of this and would you consider it wasteful? Other than Switch purchases for the sake of portability I’ll likely think more carefully before purchasing a game I already own elswhere. If nothing else, I need to start saving money for some of that sweet Nintendo cardboard…