Jamison Trumpets

Trading Card Games

July 7th, 2009 by DanielRGT

Since I’m here on vacation, I had to bring a lot of portable games with me. I brought my PS2, but unfortunately I forgot my memory card back in Miami so I can’t really play anything except for Capcom vs SNK 2. Training mode is…well it’s not fun, but it’s worthwhile since it makes me a little better at the game.

Emphasis on “a little,” as it really takes playing another human being to truly improve at fighting games. That’s not what I’m talking about here, though, this is about trading card games.

One of the games I brought with me is “Pokemon Trading Card Game” for the Gameboy Color. It’s my sister’s game technically, so she’s been playing it on the actual handheld but I’ve got an emulator up and running and am playing it currently as well. One thing I immediately notice is that the Gameboy Color game is infinitely more fun than the physical trading card game. This, however, only rings true with the Pokemon Trading Card game. Every other TCG (That stands for Trading Card Game if you’re dumb and haven’t caught on at this point) that has a video game iteration sucks, that is to say the video game version of the card game sucks.

If you think otherwise, well, you clearly need to play more games.

TCG’s aren’t boring to begin with, though I’m not a big fan of how expensive it is to get into any of them. Yu-Gi-Oh costs hundreds of dollars if you want to win, and even if you don’t you still buy booster packs at very inflated costs in hopes of getting a rare/cool card. I did this with Pokemon back when it was a craze, and I used a lot of money to get to this point today and be able to sell my 700+ Pokemon cards for a total of $26.70.

Booster packs, at the time I bought them, cost about $5.00. They contained about 10 or so cards. That’s $350 I spent on Pokemon cards, and $27 I’m getting back for that investment. It irks me sure, but I’m not surprised. I kept the Pokemon cards at the time because I heard the tales of the “bubblegum baseball cards” that now cost hundreds, some thousands of dollars to buy.

These two situations, however, aren’t synonymous. Not even a little bit. You didn’t “duel” your bubblegum baseball cards. Babe Ruth didn’t have Hit Points or attacks, he was just fucking Babe Ruth. The difference now is that Pokemon TCG is still played and all the old cards are useless, they’re either banned or not very good because of the newer cards. So, of course I’m not going to get a lot of money for my cards.

I’ve decided to keep the cards though, in hopes that one day I can maybe get $30+ dollars for it. Here’s hoping for the future, am I right?

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