Editor’s note: I’m unfamiliar with Goozex (and goose sex), but a quick scan of the company’s support forum reveals that Tony isn’t the only customer with problems. This doesn’t mean that Goozex is bad, but it appears that are some kinks in the system that still need to be worked out. Are you a Goozex member? Share your experiences, both good and bad, in the comments. – Aaron


A few months ago, I engaged in a conversation that to the lone eavsdropper’s ear, would have sounded quite insane.

“Tony, have you tried goose sex yet?”

“What?!”

“Goose sex, have you tried it? I just got Burnout Paradise from goose sex.”

You can see where this is going. Anyway, what I heard as “goose sex” was actually being said as Goozex, a video gaming trading community. Members of the site can trade their games for points that translate into the site’s currency. They then use their points to get other games from other users. Members are charged $1 for each game they receive, and the previous owner pays for the shipping of the game.

After this brief conversation, I decided I would try Goozex for myself. Their concept offered me an alternative to my lonely used and completed games sitting under the television collecting dust. It was also a way to be a part of a community where fellow gamers had my back.

It all sounds so great on paper, doesn’t it?

 

And it is, if you are willing to part with your copy of Dead Space for the first Gears of War or an old Call of Duty game. Technically, that might not be true, but realistically, it is.

Let me explain.

GoozexIf you’ve used Netflix — and most of us have — these two websites have one similarity: the waiting. And with Goozex, you’ll be waiting for a long time if you request a popular title like World at War, for example. You see, when I listed my game, I didn’t fully understand that the waiting list for a newer title would put me to the back of the line behind anywhere from 150 to 200 people. And that’s not just on a couple of games, but most of the decent ones.

I listed Dead Space and immediately it was devoured by the site request list. Psyched, right? Sure, why wouldn’t I be? I had 1,000 Goozex points to shop with. I picked out a couple titles to mix it up. I chose a variety to see which one became available first, then waited with a smile. One day. One week. Two weeks. One month. Nothing happened. The most I had moved up on any game in the request list was six places — from 185 to 179 — on F.E.A.R. 2.

I decided to look a little further and try to be a bit less picky with my selections. I had to. Goozex already ate and shat out my game internally and left me with nothing but points. That was that. So I selected Far Cry 2 for 550 points and still had a few left over. I had played the game before, but I never finished it because someone left it on the roof of my car as I sped away from their house on a snowy day in December.

Presently, I have The Orange Box in my request list. Or should I say, “I’ve have had The Orange Box requested for the last two months.” I started out at 200-something and now am down to about 190. If I calculate this correctly, I should have my copy by 2015.

In the end, I think I might have preferred the goose sex after all.