Buying Zero Games in 2018 (Or One or Two, I'm Not the Boss of You)

2018 is a Monster Hunter World year. Other than that I have nothing that I want, really. I think. And, and, my office gave me a $100 Best Buy gift card for Christmas so I’m using that to buy Monster Hunter. So technically I’m not spending any money on it, even better.

Days without a video game purchase: 1

I already bought the Tomb Kings expansion for Total War. ITS NOT A NEW GAME!

I have so many games on Mac and PS4 that I not only own but that I definitely want to play so my plan is to delay purchasing all games until I clear some of the back log (which is likely to take all 2018.) I'm going to make exceptions for if friends are playing a game and want me to join in. Those games are most likely to be Red Dead 2 or Last of Us 2.

kergguz wrote:

I already bought the Tomb Kings expansion for Total War. ITS NOT A NEW GAME!

Expansions don't count, man.

Top_Shelf wrote:

Days without a video game purchase: 1

Dear Diary,

Two days have passed since I last purchased a game. Everything seems normal so far, almost....too normal.

Quick question: Do games that come as part of a subscription count? I feel like PS+ would be okay, whereas Humble Monthly wouldn't be.

For PS+, you have to choose to add that game to your library, so there are plenty of games I ignore and never add to the pile. Metal Gear Solid V recently, as well as Deus Ex: Mankind Divided now, are games I chose to add from PS+, so I count them.

I don't know how Humble subscriptions work, but if there's any manual step where you need to activate a key or something, then I would count them. Otherwise if they just automatically show up in a library, I would arbitrarily decide to not worry about them.

It's a fairly arbitrary distinction on my part, but anything to keep the pile more manageable.

I've not purchased a game in nearly a week. Not sure I've ever gone this long. I can do this!

I don't count the Xbox Live of PS+ freebies. Only ones that require an outlay of $$$

You could argue that Live and PS+ both cost money, but I treat it as an expense required for multiplayer gaming.

2 days now.

Welp, I've purchased my first game in a week. LOGistICAL: South Africa.

I need to own all the LOGistICAL content because I love it and want to support the dev, so I'm making ooone exception for this new rule of buying as few games as possible.

I unsubscribed from Humble Bundle emails just so I won't be tempted.

I'm in a predicament already. I purchased a game last year, but refunded it. Can I now spend that money?

EverythingsTentative wrote:

I'm in a predicament already. I purchased a game last year, but refunded it. Can I now spend that money?

Yes, you can.

But only on beer.

For me.

EverythingsTentative wrote:

I'm in a predicament already. I purchased a game last year, but refunded it. Can I now spend that money?

You can if you want. OR you can save it!

jrralls wrote:

I thought I had bought Cuphead to play during the Steam Sale but I just tried to pull it up and I guess I'm miss-remembering because it's not there. And without even a second's pause my mind went, "Well, just buy it - it doesn't count because you _meant_ to buy it in 2017!" Lol, Nice try mind! Passed on buying it and holding strong, 10 hours in, lol!

Jonman wrote:
EverythingsTentative wrote:

I'm in a predicament already. I purchased a game last year, but refunded it. Can I now spend that money?

Yes, you can.

But only on beer.

For me.

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So it's like "Buying Zero Net Games"?

If you sell games and buy new games it's okay?

EverythingsTentative wrote:

I'm in a predicament already. I purchased a game last year, but refunded it. Can I now spend that money?

What's your purpose in not wanting to buy a new game? Is it financial or other? Because my primary goal is not financial. It's to avoid retail therapy and focus on what I already have. It's that's not your goal, and saving money is, then you'll still save money by _not_ buying.

I'll add more detail. It's not cash in my pocket. It's money in my PSN wallet. My purpose is just to avoid adding games to the pile. I have enough games to last a life time. I don't NEED more. I just want new shiny.

EverythingsTentative wrote:

I'll add more detail. It's not cash in my pocket. It's money in my PSN wallet. My purpose is just to avoid adding games to the pile. I have enough games to last a life time. I don't NEED more. I just want new shiny.

Then based upon that reason I think you should just let the money wait until next year. But as the title says, I’m not the boss of you

jrralls wrote:
EverythingsTentative wrote:

I'll add more detail. It's not cash in my pocket. It's money in my PSN wallet. My purpose is just to avoid adding games to the pile. I have enough games to last a life time. I don't NEED more. I just want new shiny.

Then based upon that reason I think you should just let the money wait until next year. But as the title says, I’m not the boss of you

Damn you and your logic!

Reset to one day.

Mr GT Chris wrote:

Reset to one day.

I'm in. Haven't bought anything this year so far, so... five days in?

I've basically given myself the rule of not buying any game, but might allow myself any game that falls below $10 on sale, but only if I've brought my backlog down by a considerable percentage (10% at least).

According to Backloggery, I have 189 unbeaten games, so in order for me to allow myself the purchase of ONE single new game, I must have beaten at least 18 games from the pile. That's quite a tall order and it should keep me relatively honest.

Here's to being determined to keep myself in line!

To be clear, I'm not personally out, I misunderstood the "reset to day 1" comment as Mr. GT Chris being out so I posted that snippet. I'm still in, holding strong.

DSGamer wrote:

To be clear, I'm not personally out, I misunderstood the "reset to day 1" comment as Mr. GT Chris being out so I posted that snippet. I'm still in, holding strong.

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Cashed in some rewards points for a Best Buy gift card. I view it as totally legal if I spend on games. It's not my money being spent.

Hemidal wrote:

Cashed in some rewards points for a Best Buy gift card. I view it as totally legal if I spend on games. It's not my money being spent. :)

Sorry, responsible purchases can be made at Best Buy. I got my garbage disposal from there. Good try, though.

Hemidal wrote:

Cashed in some rewards points for a Best Buy gift card. I view it as totally legal if I spend on games. It's not my money being spent. :)

If it's your goal to save money than feel free to pursue whatever actions will help you save money. If you have some other goal on being in this thread (like focusing on what you have instead of the new shiny that is always coming out) than focus on the actions that will help you accomplish that goal.