What's The Craziest Thing You've Done For A Video Game?

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You’ve probably been to your fair share of midnight launches and spent long nights replaying previous titles in preparation for sequels. But dig down deep and share your more shameful stories. Did you steal a friend’s game? Fly to Japan? Mug an old lady for the cash for one? Sleep with a hooker and then beat her up to get (some of) your cash back? No, wait, that’s GTA.


And that got dark.

Me? I’ve had save files completely crash on me, toughen up and replay just to see the ending. I’ve leveled up characters just to get to the good bits so my oldest brother would be more inclined to experience games I knew he’d like but didn’t have the time for.


But probably most notably: I replayed all of Mass Effect 2 just to ensure the survival of a crewmate I had a crush on. I needed to pursue our romance in the third installment of the series, and a few days’ worth of playing that game again was totally worth it.

I’m sure I’m not the only one to take her game-playing seriously. So what’ve you got? Shameful stories welcome.

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Kid Dynamite

This asshat Jay (ex-friend/bandmate) stole my NES Ducktales cart. He borrowed it, and then when I asked him to finally return it like 6 months later, he said “What are you talking about? That’s mine, I’ve always had it.”

He also pulled a similar stunt by swapping my original release copy of Sublime’s 40 oz. to Freedom with his mass printed copy, which was missing a song. The dead giveaway was the CD’s jewel case art spine. Mine just had a sun, moon, and stars... didn’t say Sublime. His was the common one that says the band name and record title. He switched them, and then said I was confused and that I had the crappy version, and he had the original. FULL BULLSHIT.

So I quit his shitty band, and fucked his girlfriend.

Don’t fuck with my NES games or CDs.