1. My Gameflown copy of Eternal Sonata is in the mail and should be arriving shortly; I'm very excited, although I'm still only on Disc 1 of Blue Dragon and there's only so much JRPG the mind can handle before collapsing upon itself.
2. And then Halo 3 arrives next week. Which I will probably buy, although I'm not totally sure I'm going to succumb to the retail pressure and get it on the actual release date, even if my entire friends list will be lit up with people playing it, and I'll be like that Far Side cartoon with the sad dog stuck inside practicing the violin while all his dog friends attack the mailman.
3. PGR4 andZeldaDSarrive the week after that.
4. The Orange Box arrives the week after THAT.
5. I have to get the 360 Katamari game, which comes the week after THAT, along with the new Tony Hawk.
6. I nearly bought a PSP Slim this past weekend, and I also almost bought a Wii - it was the first time I'd ever seen a Wii, out in the wild, ready for the plucking.
I'm doing my absolute best to be fiscally responsible; I've accumulated a rather sizable hunk of credit card debt over the past year (and believe it or not, it's mostlydue tomy itchy iTunestrigger finger - if you think I'm crazy when it comes to games, you haven't seen anything yet).
Step one - I'm going to rent as much as possible.
Step two - I'm going to buy as many of my must-own titles through Gamefly (now that I have the 10% discount).
Step three - I'm going to implore all game publishers to PLEASE STAGGER YOUR RELEASE DATES so that ALL THESE AMAZING GAMES can actually be BOUGHT, PLAYED and ENJOYED. Because even assuming that somehow I'm going to be able to pay for all these games, there's absolutely no way I'm going to be able to actually sit down and play them unless I kick my wife out of the living room and I quit my job and I don't sleep for a month (keep in mind, the above Nos. 1-5 only cover now until mid-October - I don't know what I'm going to do with myselfwhen Mass Effect ships). Frankly, I think moving GTA4 to the spring is a fantastic idea - that would eat up hundreds of hours just by itself - and having Burnout: Paradise arrive in January gives me time to enjoy PGR4 and FlatOut2. Seriously - this summer totally sucked, in terms of game releases. The game industry seems to operate under the bizarre premise that most gamers only buy games a few times a year - Christmas, and whenever Madden ships. This is ridiculous. Then again,I'd behard-pressed to find something about the game retailindustry that ISN'T completely ridiculous.