There really is something to the old addage that “the best things come to those who wait.”
About two weeks ago I was continuing my search to locate an affordable copy of the increasingly rare Shin Megami Tensei series Devil Summoner (more innocent than it sounds, think the 20’s, with monsters, and a Sherlock Holmes wrapped in black kind of feel) and I happened upon a used, but good looking copy on ebay. I thought I was going to win it to at ~ $35 but it ended up going for around $45 and my wallet being a little tight this month I decided to just let it go at that. Well, a couple of days later I looked online again and ‘lo and behold, there was a new copy on sale for $39.99. I quickly threw it in the shopping cart and completed the transaction. Not only had I obtained it cheaper, but it was a new and sealed copy to boot…that is, until the retailer informed me that they hadn’t updated their site and the game was no longer available. Yea, it was too good to be true anyway.
I had pretty much decided that I’d just have to settle for picking up the sequel that hits store shelves in a few months, and I went about the next week without giving much thought to it. Fast forward to Thursday afternoon. My commute home had been a nightmare that day and I had had just about all I could take of cars pulling in front of me and slamming on the brakes, etc. (it’s a long commute home). Stressed, I decided to pull into a local game store just down the street from my house to divert my anger for a few minutes and to see if they had any good deals. My search hadn’t yielded much of anything and right before walking out I decided to take a stroll down one more aisle. And good thing I did because sitting there inconspicuously on the bottom shelf was a slick copy of SMT: Devil Summoner!
The sticker marked it as “New” and while it was a little more expensive than what I was hoping to spend at $49 I figured that I had better bite now that the chance at presented itself or I might not get another clear cut opportunity like this again. At the cash register I happened to ask if they had a used copy and the clerk replied back that, ‘this is actually a used copy…and it’s $9.99.” Trying not to relay my excitement, I thanked him for checking it for me, paid for it as quicky as I could in the case he found something else in the computer, and went out the door a much happier man then the one that went in. You can imagine that the short drive home from there was a much better one indeed.
I’ll try and post more on the game itself once I get a chance to really dive in and play.