Most people my age fail to take New Year’s resolutions seriously.
I like to think of it as an opportunity to reflect on the previous year.
Where most peoples resolutions involve something life changing, e.g., quitting smoking, my resolutions almost exclusively involve video games.
I like to use new years to refine my habits as a gamer.
I have an addiction, one I can clearly admit to, which I suppose is the first step towards any recovery. Not only do I love playing video games, but I also love collecting them. This is an addiction, like many, that is soon to catch up with me financially.
Last year I resolved to finish all video games that I start, that doesnít necessarily mean complete them, as I donít want to torture myself through a game that I donít enjoy. It just simply means to not leave any game in a limbo state. I find that when a new game comes out I instantly drop everything and jump on it. This cycle continues until I have a pile of games that are half completed in my library. Last year my resolution worked out quite well, I found I was completing more games and felt more accomplished in my habits.
This year Iíve expanded on last years resolution, I vow to avoid spending money on video games until I have exhausted all other options in my library. This is a monumental resolution as most of the games in my library are unfinished. I immediately know this goal is unattainable; since there are some games this year that I look forward to buying, but there are things I can do to limit my spending.
In 2011 I found myself spending money on games just because they were on sale, I bought into the whole ďsteam sale fadĒ. This past Christmas, I am proud to say that I didnít purchase a single title. Most of the games I purchase through sales simple collect dust in my library — perhaps when Iím old and retired Iíll eventually get around to playing them.
Iíve setup a simple document to help me in my goals, I list games that I have played throughout the year and whether or not I have completed them. In addition I list games that are on my ďwish listĒ and games that I have saved for a ďrainy dayĒ. Essentially, I donít purchase anything on my wish list until I have removed a substantial amount of games from my rainy day list. This might seem like a lot of extra work, but I find it helps to keep me organized.
Iím curious, are there any readers out there that find they have way too many games in their library? Do you find yourself purchasing games youíve never played? Does any of that concern you? How do you choose which game to play next amongst a list of hundreds?
16th January 2012
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