But this forces me to question whether I really want it, or I've just had it on my wish list.
I really like the arcade version of Tetris--I preferred its leveled approach and its variegated challenges to the 'keep going with what you have' approach of most home-computer Tetris versions. (That leveled approach was probably put in as a way of sucking more quarters by allowing one to continue a game, but that's okay.) And I've talked for years about how cool it would be to have an arcade game of my own.
On the down side:
- I don't play reflex games much any more. I've hardly played Tetris itself since college. I probably could find ROMs for the arcade game online, but I haven't bothered to look.
- A Tetris console is likely to be 10-15 years old. I don't know what shape the joystick will be in, or what other maintenance it might need.
- If it does need maintenance, it'll be difficult to get parts.
- The right place to put it is in our basement, but we have water problems in the basement currently.
My real worry comes down to this: what if it's the case that I've wanted this not for itself, but as part of some idealized bachelor pad that doesn't fit my current lifestyle even if I could achieve that ideal?
(Part of this is no doubt triggered by Kevin's new house, which really is a fabulous bachelor pad.)
And so I waffle. Waffle waffle waffle. My current thought is to ask Kevin to bid on it, up to a price that would be a wonderful deal if it won the auction. In that case, hey, great deal.