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Feb 14

My Xbox 360 Retirement Plan

Why I wont sell my Xbox 360! and Might even buy a new one!

 

grandpa-xbox-360Over the last few years I’ve developed this plan, it’s short sighted at best and utterly selfish, but it’s mine.

Because as someone who loves technology I above anyone know that in the 35 to 40 years it will take me to retire the likely hood is my Xbox won’t even be able to plug into the wall (especially with the advancements of wireless charging).

But I have always had a simple retirement plan born out of the lack of time in everyday working life.

I’m gonna buy a brand new Xbox 360…

Along with all the games I wanted to play and never had the time to. Stick it in the loft and in 40 years, when i’m retired reintroduce my Xbox to the world.

I like to think of it like Cryogenics.

Xbox 360The thing is I wouldn’t change the amount of time I spend playing games at the moment, on a good week it’s probably around 5 to 10 hours. Plenty of time for gaming, but there is always that annoying 9 to 10 hours of work that gets in the way of really enjoying a game, enjoying it, like when I was a teenager.

You remember, your parents let you play for days on end because it kept you out the way. You played for nights on end with friends because you could and school didn’t matter that much so apart from eating and occasionally sleeping, you “worked hard” to complete whatever game was taking over your personal universe at the time.

For me, I’m a complete RPG geek (but not MMORPG) so Final Fantasy 7 has enveloped more hours of my life than any other game but couple that with Deus Ex, Bio Shock, Skyrim, Oblivion and the random RPGs my Best mate gave me with obscure Japanese Characters (the one that springs to mind is Legend of Dragoon), then I have spent a good part of my life enchanted within worlds of magical lore.

For the record, I know it’s sad. But a select few know exactly what I am talking about.

I’m not stupid either, I’m aware that my insistance of regression to my teenage years when I’m 65 is a ridiculous fantasy, but it’s the same feeling I get when I play the lottery.

Blind hope.

Just for that few moments of fantasy that I might actually win the lottery, be able to quit working and sit in my pants all day playing Xbox.

Of course I would get bored, anyone would. But there in lies the problem.

It’s the fantasy of things we enjoy and by storing this Xbox in a loft for 40 years, I get 40 years of fantasizing about retiring with all the old consoles and games I loved, forgot I wanted, and the ones that got away.

I think it will feel like I won the lottery and if that is the closest I ever get. Then that’s just perfect. Not to mention all the other games consoles and games by that stage (if we haven’t been taken over by Robots).

The Xbox 720 / Durango / Infinity

Do I care about it? Of course I do!

I love new technology and the prospect of a brand new gaming system that is more advanced in everyway to give me a better and more involving gaming experience sounds amazing, and if i’m honest I will be probably try to be one of the first people to own one (pursestrings dependant), but in the context of this post and the whole point of fantasy…

There is nothing more appealing than a totally selfish long term plan, that won’t harm anyone and will probably never happen.