I can't take credit for the idea behind this blog; unfortunately I can't remember where I read the idea originally.  It was presented a bit differently, so I don't feel like I'm totally ripping it off. Anyway, I wasn't even really thinking about blogging about it, but after reading a few comments to some of my other blogs it got me thinking about the subject. One comment was about Battlefield 3 - someone asked what platform I would be getting it for and someone else responded they thought I would get it for the PC. In a totally different blog, GIO Member AllAboutJane mentioned playing Call of Duty and having to borrow/steal the disc from her brother in order to be able to play.

I am going to reveal a rare look at the level of my geekiness. There are several games that I own multiple copies of. And by several I mean three. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 1 and 2 - yep...3 copies. 1 PC and 2 Xbox 360. Now, for the record...I didn't buy 1 of the Xbox 360 copies. But the other two I did. You see, my son has an Xbox 360. He pays for his own games...his own Xbox Live account. He does leech my Internet connection, but he's worth it. I have another Xbox 360 that is mainly used by my daughter but every now and then when I can pry her away from it, I'll get my turn. Some games that she likes to play are games that her brother likes to play...and sometimes they even like to play together (rare as that might be)...not something that can be done with a single copy. And then you have me. The dinosaur gamer who still plays video games on the *gasp* PC.

We all love our First Person Shooters. So, I already know that when Battlefield 3 comes out, I will get one for PC. I'm guessing my daughter will sweet talk me into getting it for the Xbox 360. And I'm somewhat confident that her brother will come home one day with his own copy. It happens. It's happened.

For games that get a ton of play time, this isn't as big of a deal because you feel like you get your money's worth. But some games it just seems like a waste. Battlefield Bad Company 2 was a great game, but nobody plays it anymore (nobody in our house anyway) and having 3 copies of it doesn't seem very efficient.

Now, I'm not expecting to pay for one copy of the game and get 3, especially on different platforms. I'm not suggesting that. But I do think that if you buy one copy of a game, it would be awfully nice to have a companion disk or some other arrangement that allows multiple users to share the game, especially games that are primarily focused on the multiplayer experience.

Have you ever gone to play a game and wished one of your buddies had it so you could play it with them?

I know I'm not the only household that has multiple gaming systems under one roof. I'm sure it's more the norm than the exception. Whether it's a college dorm and multiple roommates or a family that has several kids each with their own system, I'd venture to say it's a rather common occurrence.

Another thing to consider though I haven't been able to try it...the Xbox 360 has the ability to save the game to the hard drive, so in theory I could save the game to the hard drive and then use the disc on the other. Yeah, that might work...IF my hard drives weren't full. I'm not entirely sure this would work, especially if the son and daughter were trying to connect and play together.  It reminds me of a time back in the day when I used my Halo disc (PC) to install the game on two different systems (both mine). It worked until you tried to join the same server. Whoever the second person to connect was would get an error that basically read someone is already using this game on this server. Not sure if something similar would happen on XBL (if I had the HDD space).

Steam has this neat feature that allows you to gift multiple copies of games to other users. For example, when I bought the Orange Box I already had Half Life 2. Steam recognized this and gave me credit for the unused copy which I then turned around and gave to one of my friends. I think that's a pretty neat feature and worth exploring for the consoles.

I think there is a multiple ways publishers could market this. Sell a game with a companion disc for a bit more or include the companion disc with reduced functionality. Or make it where it only works when both systems with these discs are connected.

I dunno. Does anyone else have this same problem or see this as a problem?

This leads me to a similar question yet different set of circumstances. Many of you have an Xbox 360 and a Playstation 3. Some of you even have the Wii, but I don't think it really comes into play. So, how do you decide which console to buy the game for? Do you ever buy the game for both consoles? Do you ever regret buying a game for one console instead of the other?

Wouldn't it be nice if you could buy a version of the game that was compatible on either system?

Anyway...just something I was thinking about.

Have a great night. GG!