Yesterday Murf touched on a subject that a lot of bloggers have grappled with over the past couple of years: The guilt and struggle of what to do with the truckloads of games that we buy.
Games are cheap, so very, very cheap these days. They’re cable channels five years ago. They’re video rentals twenty years ago. They’re libraries… uh, two thousand years ago? We have access to thousands for free and even more for ridiculously low prices. And because we love good deals and compulsively collecting things, we hit sales from sites like Steam and GOG like a glutton after a two-week fast.
Then our game library fills up with more titles than we can ever handle, particularly with diminishing game time as one ages. So what to do with that? You could stop buying so much, even when it’s a really good deal, unless you’re willing to play it on the spot. You could — as I’ve been doing — committing yourself to playing through the library you purchased. You could sample them. You could engage in the fantasy that you will one day play them, but not today and realistically not ever.
Another option — one that I’m considering — is devoting a session or night per week to getting out of one’s normal gaming routine and simply trying other titles. I think it’s easier to play games that you’re familiar with than figuring out new systems, downloading the files, etc.
I’ve been intentionally slowing down my purchasing habits of both new and older, cheaper games. I’m probably missing out on a few classics, but it’s started to rub me wrong to buy titles that I’ve done nothing with for years. GOG is running its summer sale and despite a few really good deals, I haven’t touched it save for grabbing one free game from the pile. I don’t want to buy Witcher 3 until I actually play and beat 1 and 2, and who knows when that will be?
Plus, there is the economics of it. Money in the pocket is more useful than a couple of bucks saved somewhere in the future. So if I get a game for half-off now (say, $5 instead of $10) but don’t play it until 2017, I’m not really enjoying that discount and getting that extra $5 worth until three years from now.
Maybe we need to be more okay with not paying until we’re ready to play, even if that means paying a few bucks more down the road.
Just chewing on all of this. I don’t know.