Bad experiences letting people borrow your video games?

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#1 Edited by Speeny (1788 posts) -

I remember lending a fat silver modelled PS2 controller to my next door neighbour. Only to have it returned with the left joystick's rubber chewed off. (His dog apparently chewed it but who knows.)

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#2 Posted by DEVILinIRON (4870 posts) -

Meh. Thank goodness Sony gave us that second stick on the right. Not a big deal.

I guess I can't remember loaning games. My problem was loaning out books and movies and not getting those back. So now I just give. I do this rarely now, but i assure you it does happen.

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#3 Posted by Raining51 (1136 posts) -

More like 1/3 of my game collection stolen this way practically...

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#4 Posted by Speeny (1788 posts) -

@raining51: Ouch.

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#5 Edited by VFighter (5048 posts) -

@raining51: Why would you keep lending them out?

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#6 Posted by goodzorr (506 posts) -

Yeh a few people scratched discs and stuff when I was younger. Don't lend games out now really, I tend to give them away to mates once I'm done with them. For the sake of £5-10 trade in price I'd rather pass them on to my friends.

I never lend controllers out, find they're quite like a fountain pen where they become 'personalised'. Using someone else's pad always feels weird to me.

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#7 Posted by RSM-HQ (8436 posts) -

Had this issue only really with family, my friends have treated my games very well. They just sometimes lend them longer than expected haha.

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#8 Posted by Clefdefa (748 posts) -

I lend one of my game... Diablo 1 on PC. and once I got it back ( like way longer than I wanted, the dude couldn't find it in his pile of shit ) it was covered by scratch to the point it was impossible to play again so I thrown the game in the trash.

I was really piss off.

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#9 Edited by BitJetKit (26 posts) -

Yes. I let a guy borrow my game: FFVII black label. I bought this with my hard earned money. And his friend scribbled purple ink into the front plastic. I let him borrow it one more time: I never saw this copy of FFVII, again.

He and I are not going in the same direction, any longer. I am Christian, now, and he IS a homosexist.

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#10 Edited by omegaMaster (1291 posts) -

I have never lent my video games to anybody. I always have this thought that my games will either get damaged, scuffs or never returned.

I am just selfish and so be it. I treat my games like gold and with care.

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#11 Posted by omegaMaster (1291 posts) -
@bitjetkit said:

Yes. I let a guy borrow my game: FFVII black label. I bought this with my hard earned money. And his friend scribbled purple ink into the front plastic. I let him borrow it one more time: I never saw this copy of FFVII, again.

He and I are not going in the same direction, any longer. I am Christian, now, and he IS a homosexist.

Unlucky dude. Since you never got your game back, have you bought FFVII black label again?

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#12 Edited by BitJetKit (26 posts) -

@omegamaster: I bought the PS4 digital edition. AND THIS IS IT. SWORD.

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#13 Edited by VagrantSnow (347 posts) -

I did a swap with a guy who was more of a friend of a friend than a direct friend. Can't remember what I gave him but I got Sonic Jam for the Sega Saturn in return. When it came time to swapping back, he said I still owed him three more games because Sonic Jam came with 4 mega drive/genesis Sonic games.

Another time I swapped with a guy who I gave Mega Bomberman to. When I got it back, the offer card for the 4 way adapter was missing and he 'never saw one when I gave it to him'.

The last time I ever let anyone borrow any of gaming stuff was when I let my brother's friend borrow my Sega Saturn and he sold it.

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#14 Posted by Macutchi (6807 posts) -

only lend games you wouldn't mind not getting back is the rule that's served me well over the years

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#15 Posted by Valgaav_219 (2441 posts) -

Nothing major a few games coming back in poor condition. I kind of slowed down on the whole borrowing thing when I discovered how susceptible the original Playstation discs were to scratches. I'm really glad they improved the durability of current gen games because it was ridiculous how easily Playstation games could just become unplayable

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#16 Edited by Speeny (1788 posts) -

@valgaav_219: Praise the Blu-Ray disc!

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#17 Edited by Zuon (336 posts) -

In fifth grade, a "friend" borrowed my copy of Spyro the Dragon, Disney's Tarzan, Jumping Flash 2, Ape Escape, AND MegaMan Legends 2 for the PS1. I asked him multiple times for the remainder of the year to return them, but he kept making excuses. He used to live on the street behind mine, but he moved shortly after the school year ended, of course. Then, years later, he shows up as a classmate in my 8th grade art class, and I walk up and ask for my games back. Turns out he sold them all, but he said he would give me whatever PS1 games he had left. And he did, but they were all trash tier. We're talking "Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22" levels of bad. In fact, that game was in the pile. And they were all loose discs in questionable conditions. He didn't keep a case or manual for a single one.

But I was really annoyed when I searched up MegaMan Legends 2 on eBay in high school and found it going for upwards of $250 for a complete used copy. Luckily, the price has lowered since then, and I was able to find one for $50 around 2 years ago. I still miss the other games though.

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#18 Posted by YammiReckorrdSan (615 posts) -

This topic is the whole reason that I never lend games to anybody. I did once lend copy of Lion King 1.5 movie to my friend, never got it back. At least this movie wasn't good, pretty bad IMO.

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#19 Posted by Speeny (1788 posts) -

@Zuon: Man that’s really rough.

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#20 Edited by X_CAPCOM_X (8618 posts) -

When I was younger, I let this one guy borrow a bunch of my genesis games and my power adapter. He moved away 3 weeks later and stole them all. I had some rare games including my favorites like Streets of Rage 2 and 3, Dr. Robotnik's mean bean machine, Sonic spinball, every sonic game, etc. In fact, I am going to reach out to this dude and ask him what he did. It was almost 20 years ago, but I still want my stuff.

I let this other dude back in the day borrow ehrgeiz for psx, and he basically destroyed my copy of the game. He lost the manual and the case somehow, and the disc was absolutely ruined. He had the audacity to get mad at me when I questioned him about it. I should have kicked his ass.

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#21 Edited by Yams1980 (3514 posts) -

I remember lending out my Civilization 2 cd to a friend back in the 1990s. Not sure what he did to it, but it was all scratched up and looked like it was used as a coaster after I got it back. I probably would have just burned him a copy of it, but CDs were like over 15 dollars each back in 1996.

Its funny how little respect people have for other peoples property when they have it. I give them something and they shit all over it.

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#22 Posted by Speeny (1788 posts) -

@X_CAPCOM_X: I would have been fuming.

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#23 Posted by Speeny (1788 posts) -
@Yams1980 said:

Its funny how little respect people have for other peoples property when they have it. I give them something and they shit all over it.

Very true. I'm very selective with who I lend things to now.

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#24 Posted by mastermetal777 (3232 posts) -

Had my toddler cousins spend a week at my place. They're gamers like me, so it shouldn't have been a big deal to let them play my games. However, at least 3 of my games (can't remember which anymore) were completely scratched up after they were done with them. I was so pissed with them after that.