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

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I bought an old game today for $18. Still buying less than usual.

Days without a game purchase: 6.

3 days strong!

jrralls wrote:
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.

Come on over to the Pile of Shame threads. Been doing them over 10 years now.

We've got the old, the very old and the semi-sentient pile of games going.

Question. I have two games I can sell to purchase “Shadow of the Colossus”. I already own “Shadow of the Colossus” on PS3. I kind of want to get it for PS4, though, so I can play the game without hooking up my PS3. Would it be in the spirit of zero games to buy it on a new console?

It’s not retail therapy. It’s not a new game on the pile.

I’m gonna say no, don’t buy it. Do you have other games you have been meaning to play? One other game you could play that would probably give you as much joy but that you already own? Two? Ten? A hundred?

I do. That’s why I’m trying to not buy any games this year but to focus on what I have. I’m hoping that will allow me to focus more on playing instead of focusing on wanting. That’s my goal. What’s yours?

That’s why this one feels grey. I already own the game, I just want to play a crisper version of it on the console I always have hooked up.

I know I would never be able to go a year without buying anything. My goal is to severely limit it only to games I would play with friends extensively (ie monster hunter world when it releases on pc) and to avoid single player games altogether.

My other goal is to avoid time sink games (I'm looking at you madden/WoW/free2play games) or at least limit time so I can progress through all the great games I already own.

Oh. I'll definitely buy every stellaris expansion that comes out, but we've already established those don't count right? Right?

DSGamer wrote:

That’s why this one feels grey. I already own the game, I just want to play a crisper version of it on the console I always have hooked up.

I mean if the goal is to spend less money, then I would say no. But if you're just trying to limit the pile - it's not something that'll be nagging at you if you don't play all the way through it ya know?

Not that you should listen to me. I think I've bought a dozen different iterations of final fantasy 7 over the years

Mr GT Chris wrote:

3 days strong!

Whoo!

I'm feeling good about enjoying the games I own rather than trawling through the sales to see what new games I can buy now and play in six months time/never.

In the recent past I've been a bit overwhelmed by the number of games in my back log and it was putting me off playing all together. I was looking at games and thinking, 'I should really be playing game X,' which meant I wasn't really enjoying playing the games I owned and was tending instead to turn to the fleeting pleasures associated with searching for and buying new games at vastly discounted prices.

I've made a few changes that have helped me take a better approach to games. I'm a big finisher of games but I've started to be able to identify when I'm just pushing through a game rather than enjoying playing it and I'm better at calling it a day on those games. I've also focused in on the types of games I enjoy and admitted to myself the genres and styles of games I'm not into and, realistically, am never going to be into. That means I can go around whole swathes of games that I would otherwise feel obligated to buy and experience.

I enjoy long games but, in the context of having a dozen or more long games I really want to play through, I was finding it very intimidating. I've now worked out that, if I play a game for two hours a day, then that's 60 hours in a month. That equation means I can see when I'm likely to finish a game and can embark on them with a rough end date in sight.

DSGamer wrote:

That’s why this one feels grey. I already own the game, I just want to play a crisper version of it on the console I always have hooked up.

You don't have other games you already own that you also want to play? This is the only game you want to play?

7 days!

I'm in, with the following exceptions:

  • Monster Hunter World is already pre-ordered with 2017 cash monies
  • I will buy Bloodborne: The Old Hunters dlc if it (ever) goes on sale
  • I will buy Assassin's Creed: Origins if it's offered below $20
  • I will buy the only-in-my-dreams remake of Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen, complete with Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together sensibilities

My main motivation is to free up time (haha, I say this a mere ~60 words after mentioning Monster Hunter) to both conquer the pile and revisit some favorites. I've got plenty more on my wishlist than just The Old Hunters and AC:O but these are the two titles in which I'd kick myself if I passed up a really good deal.

It's a lofty goal but I think I'm in a really good position to realize it. Zachtronics recently released their latest so there won't be anything new from them to tempt me. I'll also have nothing but Monster Hunter on the brain until at least summer so it'll definitely be smooth sailing until then.

I suspect the most challenging time will be the next Thanksgiving / Christmas cycle. I'll be sorely tempted if the Shadow of the Colossus or Okami remasters are deeply discounted.

It was nice, over Christmas, to hear people talking about mediocre games or games that didn't live up to their initial promise and knowing I'd made the conscious choice not to buy them.

I'm so in on this. 8 days down! I'm starting to pick through my backlog, with a restart on Dragon Age Inquisition. I'm finding it easier to avoid purchases now that i'm not heading to deal sites all the time. I still need to stop going to the PS4 Reddit deals thread.

Ted wrote:

I'm in, with the following exceptions:

  • I will buy the only-in-my-dreams remake of Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen, complete with Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together sensibilities

I would sooooo break all promises, vows and allegiances for this!

8 days, still strong. 357 more to go. Chump change!

Yoreel wrote:

I'm finding it easier to avoid purchases now that i'm not heading to deal sites all the time.

I'm in the habit of checking every other day or so, mostly out of intellectual curiosity, but now there's no reason. Nice.

brokenclavicle wrote:
Ted wrote:

I'm in, with the following exceptions:

  • I will buy the only-in-my-dreams remake of Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen, complete with Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together sensibilities

I would sooooo break all promises, vows and allegiances for this! :D

:salute: Dibs on Canopus.

Yeah, I think I'm in for this.

I'm looking forward to the Battletech game I contributed to the Kickstarter for launching this year, and the pile I started 2018 with is more than enough to keep me gaming at a faster pace than I'd kept through 2017.

I've developed Triple A fatigue, so I went to the PSN store to find a new indie game to play and seconds away from buying A Hat in Time I remembered my 2018 pledge. So I checked my PSN library and downloaded about 15 indie games that I have never tried. Dust: An Elysian Tale is really good. This celibacy pledge thing is already paying off.

EverythingsTentative wrote:

I've developed Triple A fatigue, so I went to the PSN store to find a new indie game to play and seconds away from buying A Hat in Time I remembered my 2018 pledge. So I checked my PSN library and downloaded about 15 indie games that I have never tried. Dust: An Elysian Tale is really good. This celibacy pledge thing is already paying off.

It is really good. Dust, that is. Not celibacy - f*ck that, or rather, don't.

So it's almost been a week without buying a game, which is huge for me. I'm about to make a couple of purchases though, namely the new Stellaris DLC (because c'mon, it's me) and a new module for LOGistICAL (which, as previously stated, is an exception to my new rule).

So yeah, progress.

Thought I'd check in because I'm out already. Subbed to the humble monthly for a month because Civ 6 for £9.19 is just too good. I never honestly thought I'd go a year without buying new games, and it's crazy deals like this that are the reason why. I think I can avoid the full price triple A train for a year, but we'll see.

Yeah, I may have to buy a game this year. I just found out that a new Meatboy game is coming out this year. I was super excited at first, but less so when I heard the levels will be randomly generated. Will still probably have to get it though.

Edit: Aaaaaaaaaand I just found out that Dark Souls is getting remastered and releases in May. I'll be getting that. This thread be damned. A remaster of the best game ever. No brainer.

Actually, I think there’s a chance I would just wait until 2019. I love Dark Souls. I love the idea of Dark Souls on the Switch. But I don’t think I need to play it as soon as it comes out.

I’m certainly not going the zero game route, but I do intend to buy many fewer games this year than in years past.

My guidelines are:
1. Attack the Steam Pile – this means finishing the good games I start, starting the games I’ve bought and not gotten around to, and getting back into games I’ve abandoned for no other reason that being distracted by the new and shiny.
2. Allowed PC ndulgences: Humble Monthly, Steam Sales. Limit Steam purchases outside of those to “I’m going to install and play this immediately”
3. Allowed Switch indulgences: couch co-op, Nintendo 1st party flagship titles, anything for my wife and/or daughter to play.

DSGamer wrote:

Actually, I think there’s a chance I would just wait until 2019. I love Dark Souls. I love the idea of Dark Souls on the Switch. But I don’t think I need to play it as soon as it comes out.

I have put hours into Dark Souls every year since it's release. This year I get to put it into a "new" game.

So I have made the decision that the only game I am getting this month is Iconoclasts.

The other day I checked what indie games were on sale on Switch and it included Severed and Thimbleweed Park, both of which I've been interested in for a while now.

Thank God I'm low on funds due to MAGFest or I might have snagged one of them. Looking at releases so far, March might be a nasty villain.

I, too, may break the no-new-games rule for the Dark Souls remaster... but only for that. I'm tentative, for the time being. I may be able to resist it, yet.

Guys. GUYS. Today I was walking to Subway and passed by a Goodwill. "I'll just go in and see what they have," I lied to myself.

Went in, immediately found three games I actually wanted: Ace Combat 5 and LOTR: Return of the King for PS2, SSX for PS3.

I stood there with them in my hand for a while, then looked at the disks, which were in good condition.

Then, suddenly, said to myself, "I don't need these." Put them back on the shelf and walked out.

IT FELT SO GREAT.