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Losing Games Via Loans

Since I’m leaving for my honeymoon tomorrow, I was briefly over at Jeff’s dropping off another key and talking about our kitties. I had a bunch of my stuff returned top me while I was there… stuff which I had almost no recollection of even loaning to Jeff in the first place. They included:

Mario Party 8
WarioWare: Smooth Moves
Wii Play
GBA (original) w/ Link’s Awakening (original)

I remember loaning him the GameBoy Advance and Link’s Awakening after the first episode of our podcast, but I had completely forgotten about those Wii games. Now that I have them back I remember bringing them over there for his house-warming party, but since then I had completely forgotten I even owned them. It’s really funny, because just the other day I moved a whole bunch of games around on the various racks and shelves  here, and I remember thinking to myself, “Huh… I thought I owned a couple more Wii games. *shrug*

It reminds me so much of being a kid, loaning games to friends… and never getting them back. For me, it had a lot to do with the fact that I moved around so much (I went to four high schools in as many years). The two examples that I remember very well are Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES), which Jennifer (the girl who lived across the street from me) borrowed. The other was Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (GB), which my friend Ryan (who actually got me into DBZ) borrowed. I’m sure there are plenty of others that I’ve lost this way over the years, but those are the two that I’m most mad about! God dammit, I’ve been dying to play SML2 again, and not emulated! C’mon, DS-version on Virtual Console!

So I leave you all for the next week or so with this question: What games have you lost in a similar manner?

11 Comments

  1. The only game I ever lost through a loan, was lost in a different way. It was never forgotten or mis-placed. Rather, it was destroyed while not in my possession. I am speaking of my Final Fantasy VII Disc #3. My friend’s PS2 somehow (God only knows how) destroyed my disc. According to my friend, his Playstation made some weird grindy noises, and when he opened the disc tray, my disc was mangled. Apparently his PS2 doubles as a can-opener. So yeah, in short, yes, I’ve lost a game in the “loan-process” and I guess I’m still pretty miffed about it. I must remember not to open up that can-of-worms again.

  2. Ironically…For me it’s Supermario Land 3: Warioland. Lent it to a friend who not only lost it somewhere in Poland, but didn’t feel the need to replace it.

  3. First comment on this blog, woowoo!
    *ahem* Right, so… lost games? I can relate. I’ve had that happen before, and once just this year with one of my cousins. He’s a really young DBZ fan, and since I hadn’t been playing it much at the time, I lent him my copy of Dragonball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 2 since he wanted to play it. I was glad to let him borrow it for as long as he wanted, but about a couple months later, when I asked for it back, he was very defensive about keeping it. He’s about … less than 10 years old, so it’s expected. Thankfully, he accepted maturely. But when he gave me the case – no game! His mother thankfully got it back for me. What a scamp.

    Anyways, there’s a piece of history for ya. Have a happy honeymoon! 😀

  4. Ironically enough, one of the only two games I’ve lost like that was “Super Mario Land” (One of them, I was pretty young at the time, so I’m not sure which…) I later found out that my cousin had sold it, but he finally gave me back “Toy Story” for the GB.

    Which is a horrifyingly hard game, so, I got rid of that. I got even though. I’ve kept countless GameBoy games of his for extended periods of time, and I still have his “Legend of Zelda Collection” for the Gamecube.

    I’m more of a “keeps games for extended periods of time” kinda guy, though. I’ve had a friends copies of “Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3” (PS2) and “Budokai Tenkaichi” (PS2) for the longest time (as well as his copy of movie 11). I’ve got another friends copy of “Shadow of the Colossus,” (PS2) “Pokemon Snap,” (N64) “Kirby 64,” (N64) and *SHOCK* “Super Mario RPG” (SNES).

    I’ve more or less told him I’m keeping those last three forever. He seems okay with it. Haha.

  5. I rarely loan games to friends because I’m paranoid about never getting them back or them getting lost. I only loan them to friends that I really trust, or if they’re loaning me a game while they play the one I loaned them.

  6. Mega Man X and Pokemon Blue come to mind for me.

    Least my friend was kind enough to replace it. But the guy who lost Mega Man X… well, that still ticks me off to no end.

  7. I “lost” a copy of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I put lost in quotations because I didn’t lose it, it was, as far as I’m concerned, stolen. I loaned it to a friend back in…it was either 8th grade or freshman year of high school and after a while I wanted it back. So I ask about it and I’m told that he loaned it to someone else, wich I was okay with really as long as I’d get it back. So I ask who borrowed it from him and he refused to tell me because I “would get mad at” him. He had some friends of whom I was not fond of, mostly because they were assholes to me all throughout my school days. So I wound up never getting it back. Thankfully I recently picked up another copy at my local used game shop.

    I got him back though. I let him borrow Roller Coaster Tycoon at some point later in time and he gave it back to me. However he forgot that he did and beleived that he lost it on me, so when he offered me 20 dollars in exchange for his “mistake” I wasn’t about to correct him 🙂 He so had it coming.

  8. I never liked to lend games out for the fact of losing them. I did once. Wierd story.

    Two friends of mine were hanging out together and rented a copy of Twisted Metal 2. There copy didnt work. So I lent them mine, and for some reason when they gave mine back. They gave me my disc with the rental’s case. It was all scratched up. I was pissed. Never again.

  9. I have lost dozens of games by lending them to people… I’m too damn trustworthy I guess lol.

    I’ll list the ones I miss most.

    Street Fighter Collections 1 & 2 on PS1
    Final Fantasy VII (First two copies anyways lol)
    Dragonball Z Idainaru Dragonball Densetsu (Legends) I lent that one to a “friend” along with my Action Replay Gold to play it… never saw them again… sigh… I think the person moved? Maybe?
    Pandemonium 2 on PS1
    A bunch of Dreamcast games

    And now I’m too upset to list anymore lol. I don’t know how I had these games ten years ago, and now I’m wondering wtf happened to them all… Oh well… it’s not like I didn’t get anything myself. I got Fainl Fantasy Anthology, IX, and Origins all from someone who moved away while I was borrowing them. I found him on myspace and asked him if he wanted them back, and he said no it’s cool. So I guess I’m not that bad of a person lol.

  10. I let someone borrow my original copy of Red Version and never got it back. Fire Red came out many years later and I have that one now so I guess it’s cool.

  11. I’ve lost quite a couple, but I can’t recall most of them, because I tried to repress the memories to not stab the people involved. Mario Party 4 (GCN), the case for FFX (don’t ask), Dragon Rage (crappy PS2 game), Metroid Prime + 251-block black GCN memory card (from Nintendo), TLoZ: Wind Waker.

    I also lost my first (special edition blue) GBA, with ALL of my Pokémon games (they were all in a case) and Golden Sun. And when I say all Pokémon games, I mean all. Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, Sapphire, Emerald and LeafGreen. I didn’t have Ruby or FireRed, my sister had those. You can imagine that that event deterred me from playing any Pokémon games for a while. It also took me a while to get Golden Sun and Golden Sun: The Lost Age again. I was like scarred for life or something.

    -Jaime D.

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