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.