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My Gaming Future

Well, it's official. 2013 has been a great year for video games... maybe a little too great, at least where my wallet is concerned.

Simply put, if 2014 has half as many quality releases as 2013, I'll be flat broke. Another problem arises with the fact that I don't always have the time to play video games as often as I'd like. Right now I'm juggling so many games in my spare time that I wonder if I'll beat any of them. And well, if I'm spending all my money on things I don't have enough time for, I'd say that's a bit of a problem.

I love video games, I really do. They're one of my great passions, I'm studying game design in college, and boy if I could make a game of my own it would be a dream come true. But I think I'm at the point when I need to start being more conservative with my purchases. Maybe only purchase the games I feel I simply must have, and not try to get every major release I can get my hands on.

I admit, there's always going to be some exceptions, but I need to restrain myself. I'll have to wait for price drops for some games, wait for Christmases and Birthdays for others, etc.

Granted, there are still a few more games coming out this year that I'll purchase (most of them Nintendo). Mario 3D World is a must, and I'll be getting Sonic: Lost World as well. Pokemon and Zelda are still left for my 2013 3DS library, but after that, I think the only other game I can even think I'll be purchasing this year is Arkham Origins. Sadly, while Watchdogs looks interesting, I think I can wait until its price goes down.

Yeah, the new consoles are hitting stores in just over a month, but honestly, I find myself not caring very much at this current point in time. Aside from Knack, nothing really seems to grab my interest for the next generation of Sony and Microsoft. And Knack isn't quite so enticing that I'd pay for a new console for it. The lack of backwards compatibility from either console has also been a sour note for me. That's not to say I never plan on getting on getting a PS4 or Xbone, but I'm certainly in no rush.

So for now, I'm sticking with Nintendo when it comes to next gen (hey, no matter how broke I get I'll still scrounge what I can for a 3D Mario, DKC and Smash Bros.), and keeping my PS3 and 360 close. There are plenty of games I need to catch up on (Mass Effect) anyway. Granted, for the sake of my reviews and general interest on writing about games, I'll still keep up to date with gaming info and buy what games I can. But I'll have to consider my purchases a lot more.

So yes, my gaming future looks similar to my gaming present. Just with a bit more cash left in me wallet.

4 comments
GSJones1994
GSJones1994

I barely have time to play games too, and that's because I currently have school at the moment.  I usually get the time when school's over.  Right now I'm doing my best to keep my game collection and expand it.

dylan417
dylan417

I made a promise to myself for when I pick up a PS4 and beyond: Buy one game and play it through. THEN buy a second. Maybe a few exceptions here or there.

I too tend to stack up on games. I feel a need to buy a game either when it comes out or when I see it in a store for a good price. Even if I have around 10 games in by backlog already.

Edit: By the way, I was able to click your link in your previous blog. Thought I'd let you know.

MJoanne
MJoanne

When money gets tight, you have to make tough decisions.  I usually wait until a price drop to get a game I want.

SloganYams
SloganYams

@dylan417 That's something I really need to get to practicing as well. I suppose maybe I could settle on one console game and one handheld game at a time... My back catalog is ridiculous right now, and I'd like to get a steadier flow on gaming.


Awesome! Glad to know the links are working. Especially since half my blogs here are just links to my other junk anyway.