Weekend Debate: What would you sacrifice in the name of gaming? (update)

The Weekend Debate

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone for taking part this week. The following five posters each win a download voucher for Soul Sacrifice: benzopil, ShadowFlex, Siegririth, Zapffe and Gincairn. Congratulations! We’ll deliver your codes via a PM to your IDs on the official forum. Everyone else – better luck next time!

ORIGINAL POST: First things first, apologies for the delay in announcing last week’s winners. Better late than never, here they are: DsonicX, silmorat1, hfred123 and AeonsDead. Congratulations – we’ll be in touch via a PM to your ID on the official forums to arrange delivery of your prizes.

Now, on to this week’s topic. I spent three excruciating hours sat on a broken-down train earlier this week *cue violins* and the only thing that kept me from losing my mind was Soul Sacrifice – legendary designer Keiji Inafune’s hugely enjoyable beast-battling epic for PS Vita. Duly, that’s where today’s debate finds inspiration.

Answer me this: What would you sacrifice for your hobby, and where would you draw the line?

Would you forego hot meals for a week, in return for GTA5? Your daily Starbucks coffee quota for a month for a PS4? Save your train fare and walk to work for The Last of Us? Let me know where your boundaries lie, and what you’ve given up in the past in the name of gaming.

Your prize? A download voucher for Soul Sacrifice, naturally. I’ve got five to give away to the most entertaining responses. Good luck!

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toxic-inferno 10 May, 2013 @ 6:07 pm   1

Congratulations to last weeks winners!

Fred: Any news on the PS3 copies of Sly from the Weekend Debate about a month ago? Sorry to keep asking, it’s just been a while since I’ve heard anything.

Nightmare966 10 May, 2013 @ 6:08 pm   2

I’ve already sacrificed many (although not major) things for my hobby. 5 years ago, I sacrificed buying anything, going out with my friends, or going to the cinema just to get my first PS3. Shoot, even nowadays I sometimes have to stop myself from some things because otherwise I just can’t afford a new game 😛 Why eat a big, nice pizza when I can save 7€ to get a game and eat a sandwhich at home? 😛

GANTZn00b 10 May, 2013 @ 6:12 pm   3

i would sacrifice the unwanted but forced sinsgtar icon on our xmb for customer satisfaction of the users

Gold-kaiser 10 May, 2013 @ 6:12 pm   4

I would gladly*ahem* i mean sadly sacrifice my younger sister and gain greater playing time 🙂

Khaytaah 10 May, 2013 @ 6:13 pm   5

I quit smoking for the my first year subscription of Plus! True story!

superJCwarrior 10 May, 2013 @ 6:15 pm   6

I would listen to an album of Justin Bieber for a few hours with Beyond: Two Souls, damn why that game have to look so good, on second thoughts I doubt I’d last through the first song.

gamefan96 10 May, 2013 @ 6:19 pm   7

i would sacrifice my munny 2 buy games and condition becous i play too much games lol and i would xros the line to school famelie ectra becous ita importand lolololollol

XcaoSooner 10 May, 2013 @ 6:20 pm   8

“What would you sacrifice for your hobby, and where would you draw the line?”


First, because playing games is not a sacrifice; it’s a pleasure and a form of self-improvement(dependent on *what* you choose to play, sure, but the point is that there are games geared towards that goal).

Second, because gaming is the perfect companion for a well-lived life. There’s no need to sacrifice anything. Work hard, read, exercise, see movies, play games; it’s entirely possible to do all of these and be a better person.

Gaming is healthy. Let’s keep on gaming, then!

ChazzH69 10 May, 2013 @ 6:22 pm   9

After reading the insane unthinkable replies so far, some are just not possible, looking at you nu.6 superJCwarrior. Pure Madness.

I would Sacrifice my brothers console (sounds like ADBox TreeSucksTea) and his games for Soul Sacrifice. I know that’s only about half of what I’d need, but the thought is there!

Shibalan 10 May, 2013 @ 6:22 pm   10

I would sacrifice everything except my thumbs. Because it’s damn hard to play without thumbs.

Mark917 10 May, 2013 @ 6:23 pm   11

The sacrifice that I made was unbelievabely tough. I still have nightmares about it to this very day. The melacholious moment will forever rest in my mind.

When I lost him, I couldn’t hear any screams, but there was still a cacophony of sounds of pain running through my head,

Having to stomach down watching a friend burn in fire like that is sick and unbearable.

To this day I will not forget the evils of the Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System, and I will not forget what it made me do to my friend. My dear friend, Companion Cube.
Rest in peace, Companion Cube. Rest in peace.

Mark917 10 May, 2013 @ 6:24 pm   12

(Pt 2)

… But it was SO worth it to complete Portal.

Wraith_Bringer 10 May, 2013 @ 6:25 pm   13

Definitely my social life. I’d so happily press and hold R until all I had left was my Vita and PS3… And hopefully a copy of Soul Sacrifice.

toxic-inferno 10 May, 2013 @ 6:31 pm   14

I think something that almost ALL of us have sacrificed for our gaming hobby is sleep; all those nights where you know you’re tired, but just can’t let yourself go to bed, because you just want to play one more level! Happened to me multiple times a week during my first year at university…

There are several things I’d never give up for gaming though, including the precious little time I get to spend with my girlfriend… FORTUNATELY, she is a keen gamer too, so I don’t HAVE to sacrifice it!

toxic-inferno 10 May, 2013 @ 6:38 pm   15

@ Khaytaah (number 5)

That’s amazing! I can see the adverts now: “PlayStation Plus, better than a nicotine patch, anyday.”

Big kudos to you!

Thane64 10 May, 2013 @ 6:43 pm   16

I would sacrifice my Vita to play Soul Sacrifice.


dogwalker4000 10 May, 2013 @ 6:44 pm   17

I wouldn’t sacrifice anything for my gaming habit (other than sleep of course), it’s a hobby after all and is only really done when I have the time.

I get great enjoyment out of this hobby of ours but other things come first, food, kids, rent and of course…the missus. Keeping her happy is hard work sometimes so gaming isn’t a priority and even if it was I’m not sure what sort of person I would be.

Serious answer…forgot these things were supposed to be fun. 😉

fauxtronic 10 May, 2013 @ 6:44 pm   18

I would sacrifice twenty disc based PS3 games to be rid of that Singspam icon, but I imagine that won’t win me any prizes.

RagingAvatar 10 May, 2013 @ 6:48 pm   19

Genuinely, I sacrificed my TV licence and gave up watching TV for gaming.
Back at university I realised that TV was cutting into my gaming time and cancelled my TV license.
That was 9 years ago – it’s been just gaming for me ever since. 🙂


Id sacrifice sleep to get some extra gaming in without upseting the missus

silent_strike95 10 May, 2013 @ 6:52 pm   21

I would sacrifice 7 of the finest goats money can buy as a tribute to the mighty gaming gods.

But on a serious note, the most I’ve sacrificed would be my dignity.
Sometimes when money is short you gotta do what it takes to get some luxuries, but I never saw myself dancing in the park like an idiot in order to raise the last £10 needed for my next purchase.

It was 100% worth it.

Fredchr 10 May, 2013 @ 6:55 pm   22

I would sacrifice the most common things. Time and money. I would sacrifice my sleep to get the PS4 or any game in for that matter.

theskillzy 10 May, 2013 @ 6:57 pm   23

Money for my ps plus subscription and games my old broadband provider who thought slowing me down for annihilating my usage was funny…. and the biggest sacrifice … having my girlfriend freaking out because im to busy “blasting on fools” or kicking some guys teeth in on mortal kombat to give a crap about some chick program i couldn’t care less about

DoYouLikeMyID 10 May, 2013 @ 6:59 pm   24

Okay so what have I sacrificed for gaming? Well, 10 years ago (When I was 8), I had exactly 3050 DKK. (Danish money) Anyway, I wanted a PS2, but in order to really be able to play on it as I pleased, I knew I would have to get my own TV as well. So I found out that a PS2 would cost 2000 DKK, and a TV would cost 1000 DKK, so in total that would be 3000 DKK. So I pretty much spent all my money to be able to play on a PS2.

The fun part is, I only had 50 DKK remaining after that (about 5 £), so I couldn’t afford a single game for my new PS2! So I was just playing all the games on the demo-disk over and over and over for 3 months. Good times! XD

My favourite PS2 game is definately Kingdom Hearts 2, and speaking of which, I would kill for Kingdom Hearts 3… Like literally, I would commit murder. I’ve been waiting for that game for 8 years! Okay, so maybe I wouldn’t exactly commit murder…

Okay then, I would FIGURATIVELY kill for Kingdom Hearts 3. My point is, I really want that game, and I’m prepared to sacrifice for it.

jimbob12345678 10 May, 2013 @ 7:07 pm   25

Ive not needed to sacrifice anything to be able to actually buy a game but have sacrificed so damn much to try and keep up with all the releases. I pretty much never socialize other than at work, I refuse to allow myself a food break until I’ve gotten a certain grindy trophy I’m after and don’t even get me started on my sleep scedule. Lets just say I’ve earned my fair share of platinum trophies at 4am 😉

My gaming backlog is HUGE nowadays, even for PS3 games, (which I put say 90%+ of my free time into) and every time I start to catch up another batch of awsome titles are released or announced. It puts me in such a conflicting state, to the point where I’m actually glad when the ‘summer games drought’ rolls around.

Starting today I actually have 9 solid days off work (good timing with Persona 4 Arena by me :D) which means I wont see daylight for some time now. But I know already that in that time Ill probably only get through 2 or 3 games max, which is not enough.

Id give both legs for a time machine, I mean who needs em. I can order my games online anyway 😉

james_agent 10 May, 2013 @ 7:11 pm   26

I didn’t ever get to make any major trade-off in personal life in order to be able to play games that I wanted.I mostly have to live on a tighter budget with other forms of entertainment.Not all that many movies or books and those that I get are again on sales and so on.I usually have to wait a good amount of time after a game’s release for a price drop (otherwise I can’t afford). But occasionally it hindered my balance in education and high school.
I have made some sacrifices,but life is a journey of give and take,right?

PIREDERAS 10 May, 2013 @ 7:13 pm   27

I would sacrifice my wallet! [Actually, I already have done this for my beloved hobby!!!…]

Where would I draw the line? That would have to be the point where the damn wallet gets empty!!!

procion 10 May, 2013 @ 7:14 pm   28

Given the title, my humanity, but failing that, my 1982 Nintendo DonkeyKomg that still has its box…

Masonish 10 May, 2013 @ 7:17 pm   29

I’d sacrifice my Non-Sony gaming device <3

Lcslick 10 May, 2013 @ 7:17 pm   30

I sacrificed alot of my study time at uni to play games… which essentially means i may have potentially sacrificed a part of my degree…. not very proud of that one.

However I would sacrifice watching any kind of anime or manga for a ps4…. but only for a few months since i don’t think i could live without knowing whats going on in one piece. But i would draw the line on sacrificing the next episode of game of thrones.. that is simply asking too much.

KALofKRYPTON 10 May, 2013 @ 7:19 pm   31

I’d Sacrifice Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, the Molineaux and possibly even Asda. Twice.

VaVeTi 10 May, 2013 @ 7:20 pm   32

i would sacrifice ps mobile and the good service from sony and the non racial acts from sony

oh w8 in my country we dont have ps mobile the sony service sucks and sony are the biggest racists i have ever seen with only the us and the uk

so i wont sacrifice anything becouse sony is hunting me to the xbox so no ps4 for me (and yes all the gaming consoles i have have the sony brand on them from ps1 to ps3 and psp/go/vita)

ten-bucks 10 May, 2013 @ 7:22 pm   33

i would sacrafice my wife. gaming gives me pleasure 365 days a year, it beats once a month and our anniversary

ShadowFlex 10 May, 2013 @ 7:23 pm   34

His name is Jack.

He is one year, four months, twenty five days, five hours and thirty five minutes old. He has most of his teeth, full head of hair and has been trained to respect animals. His vocabulary is weak I’ll admit however he knows his essential words like “Daddy” “PlayStation” and of course “Finish him”.

I’ll admit I have grown fond of the lad over the past year or so, changing a damp arse can have that bonding effect. He’ll understand; we both know what needs to be done. Sure one day he may come after me seeking revenge with his clan of highly adaptable and vicious spider monkeys. However by then I would hope to be mostly finished with Soul Sacrifice and could die content in the knowledge that the game totally lived up to the demo. Unless of course DLC was about to get released, then we could be talking father-son conflict of star wars proportions.

I would have to tell his mother… Scary thought. Perhaps you guys could right her a letter? As I would be leaving the country.

This is what I’ll sacrifice to you oh PlayStation blog eu.

Stonesthrow 10 May, 2013 @ 7:24 pm   35

Well I guess I sacrifice a lot for this hobby, although for me it’s much more of a passion than a mere hobby. Financially it takes a fairly big bite if you’re a hardcore gamer that wants his hard and software on launch. As one of my few passions a lot goes towards it but it’s well spent because I can’t think of much else that can keep me this interested. It has some of that whimsy like when you’re discovering all about the world as a child, and makes me both nostalgic and excited for what the future may bring.
It also takes up much of your time although I would hardly call that a sacrifice, provided you’re playing good games. And ofcourse sleep deprivation, the loss of physical activity and in my case, actual social contact, are sarcrifices I’m willing to make. At one point I think it may have somewhat led to the downfall of a relationship too, as my ex wanted too much attention when San Andreas had just released. Non gamer girls just don’t understand..

FRANKIEdk 10 May, 2013 @ 7:29 pm   36

i was so pumped for bioshock. but didn’t have the money at the time it got released.

but after seeing the reviews and hearing EVERYBODY talking about it. I decided to sacrifice the well-being of my motorcycle!!
had to wait til next payday to change the olie on the beast!

but it doesn’t matter haven’t had much time to ride, with all the great games ps plus is giving me!!

Tsubaki_14 10 May, 2013 @ 7:30 pm   37

haha I’m always sacrificing things like going out to the movies, shopping for clothes or other things, or simply eating out just to save up enough for this game or that, recently been getting quite a few limited editions to boot and I’m leaving everything else to dry because I have a very limited income xD I wouldn’t care to change this anytime soon though 😀 I tried didn’t work! lol

FrkChaDK 10 May, 2013 @ 7:32 pm   38

yearh my boyfreind is FRANKIEdk.
would totally sacrifice that dude to have the ps3 and vita for myself!

ten-bucks 10 May, 2013 @ 7:34 pm   39

i would once again sacrafice my dignity. i’d wear the full s+m kit, gimp mask with the little mouth zip balls and chains to get my hands on BEYOND 2 SOULS. my first time i sacraficed my dignity i went to the sperm donation clinic on a monday and thursday, at £10 a time it helped buy games and it got me hooked up to broadband to play shooting games online. thats why my online name is ten-bucks

Demonicspawn 10 May, 2013 @ 7:36 pm   40

I would love to sacrifice the time which my girlfriend has allotted me to do my house work in to game to much to do so little time to game 🙁

benzopil 10 May, 2013 @ 7:36 pm   41

2013 really is a year of sacrifice for me. I had a lot of plans for Summer and Fall, but — BAM! — Playstation 4. New games, new experiences, new gamepad, and I can play all new games on my lovely Vita.

So first of all I stopped smoking — great economy and now I don’t need to pay lots of money every month. It was hard, but necessary. Secondly I’ll not buy a new tablet despite of that I want to make a great gift for myself on Birthday. PS4 will be better gift because I was waiting for it for so long.

I’m going to work on Summer because I need tons of money for PS4, new games and of course new TV. It’s really a sacrifice because I was going to spend this Summer far away from Russia, but looks like these plans will be transferred to next year. I think I’ll find two jobs and mix day and night shifts.

So these are my sacrifices for a name of gaming. Mainly because of next generation and games I already want to play on PS4 (and Vita): Knack, Killzone, inFamous, Watch Dogs and other titles which we’ll see on E3 and Gamescom.

crusher915 10 May, 2013 @ 7:37 pm   42

I would sacrifice clean underpants for a month for the PS4*, it will be hard living with the skid marks though…

*disclosure I’m ready when you give me the signal…

Mahatma_Andhi 10 May, 2013 @ 7:37 pm   43

I’d give my right arm to win…

ten-bucks 10 May, 2013 @ 7:39 pm   44

oh and its playstation and gaming, THERE IS NO FRICKING LINE

ten-bucks 10 May, 2013 @ 7:41 pm   45


Solid_Snake1987 10 May, 2013 @ 7:53 pm   46

I’ll sacrifice other people and I won’t be drawing the line – the crime scene investigators will be! 😈

Probably not wise to give away my plan though…

Lunastra78 10 May, 2013 @ 8:02 pm   47

I’d sacrifice my own health by entering the ring with Jon Jones(Light heavyweight* UFC champion), if that was the only way for me to get to play Dark Souls 2.

Hopefully, after I wake up from the coma sometime in 2018, there will be enough life left in me to play the damn game before I slip back into a coma again.

I’d put the sacrificial limit at anything that involves balancing on ropes/logs etc over great heights. Especially if I had to do so whilst wearing some kind of tight, purple circus costume.

I would do anything for love but I won’t do that.

skatepunk36 10 May, 2013 @ 8:04 pm   48

after a couple of years with just few gaming, it now as big part in my life again as its perfect for me to relax after my rather stressfull job, so what would I sacrifice a lot…

as a sacrife would need to “hurt” – I would quit smoking for gaming and not watch season 4 of the walking dead and maybe even give up coffee… also thats hard

sorathesavior 10 May, 2013 @ 8:22 pm   49

I would personally give up my whole games collection for 6 months in return for a PS4 and Killzone: Shadow Fall.

theskillzy 10 May, 2013 @ 8:22 pm   50

@shadowflex … best answer yet enjoy your free game

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