I don’t know why this is. Do I just own all the games Steam commonly puts up on these major sales? Maybe, I do have a lot of games, and Valve tends to recycle the games that come up on sale a lot it seems. Besides that however, I do see many games come up I do not own, and at very good prices. However, unlike years past I am not opening my wallet to remember the CVC number on my debit card on a near constant basis. I actually just checked my Steam history. The only two purchases I have made for this entire thing thus far has been Spelunky, and the soundtrack for Transistor, which I just bought. So really I have spent about seven dollars on the Steam Sale (I actually only paid 3.80 for the Transistor soundtrack due to me selling my spare Steam cards on the Marketplace), which is a paltry amount compared to seasonal sales past. So why am I not opening the wallet up, ready to fork piles of money over to Gabe’s waiting maw? I think the answer is that I have finally reached something of a critical mass when it comes to what I am allowing myself to purchase and own.
I have many games on my Steam library that I have not touched. If anything, it seems the real game I have been playing over the years is collecting Steam games. Let me tell you right now, that game has gotten expensive for very little reward. The story sucked, the graphics were so-so at best, and the battle system was garbage, as I always lost to my wallet. So as I look upon the wall of titles I have had sitting there, some for a very long time, I have been slowly building up the determination to finally wade in and start hacking away at the list of games which I have spent zero hours in. This week finally saw me go in and get through a game that I honestly thought I would never play. A week ago I started Burnout Paradise, and finished it a few days later. Let me tell you, the game is fantastic, and it definitely not the usual fare for me. However, it has made me want to take more games on this list, and beat them. Play them and beat them. I have become sick of being one of the people who have gotten so sucked into this nickel and dime scheme of buying games only to never play them. So now I am determined to spend less and play more.
That is not to say I am not buying any new games, ever again. I am just going to be a lot more conservative in how I spend on video games. I may already have enough titles waiting for me that I wouldn’t have to spend a dime ever again on games, and I would be set until the day I die. I have a couple of hundred games on Steam, and dozens more on my various consoles and handheld devices. I am flush with unplayed games, in just about every genre, made by every developer out there. So while games will come out that I will buy despite my backlog (like Tales of Xillia 2), I am not going to buy a game anymore just because it is super cheap. It needs to be a game I will play first and foremost now. So really all that is left to say is congratulations to Steam, you have gotten a lot of money from me. However, I regret to inform you I am done playing your most expensive and insidious game. I am not playing the collecting game anymore.