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    No New Games For a Year

    I have over 300 games on Steam, I'm not sure I've even played half of them. Of the ones I have played, many were only for an hour or two. I have more unplayed games from other sites, and even a few on disc.

    I'm terrible for impulse buying games. I'll pick up almost anything that's cheap and looks vaguely interesting. I'll subscribe to MMOs and stop playing after 2 weeks. Even amongst the games I really enjoy, few last more than 20 hours before my attention wanders to something else. At the start of the year I decided to limit myself to buying 1 new game a month, but only kept it up for 3 months before buying a big stack of games in a sale. I don't think I've played most of the games I bought then.

    So I'm setting myself a challenge. I'm not going to buy any games, no matter how cheap they are, how good they look or how much RPS rave about them. I'm not even going to download free games. I'm not going to try and force myself to work through my backlog in alphabetical order or finish games if I'm bored of them, but I'll give every game I play a fair chance. I'm going to keep a (brief) log here of what I'm playing and when I bought it (if I can remember). Maybe someone will find it interesting.

    Now Playing: Skyrim - Preordered, playing since release.

    I'm surprised by how much this has gripped me. 44 hours might not be long compared to the playtimes some of my friends have racked up, but it's longer than I stuck with either Oblivion or Fallout 3. I think I've still got a way to go to catch up with Morrowind, but I'm not close to getting bored yet.

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    I've been playing Blood Bowl, ArmA 2 and Solium Infernum regularly for months or years now and don't plan to stop. Multiplayer gaming seems to hold my attention in a way single player does not, although my stamina for competitive shooters seems to have disappeared since I got bored of TF2. I spent 6 years playing EVE regularly and very little of other games, I half want to find another MMO to replace it (although I've had no luck so far) but I also feel I don't want to sink that much time into a single game.

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    Good luck, you're going to need a strong will for this task.

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    Good luck, you're going to need a strong will for this task.
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    Be interested to see if you can keep that up! I don't think I could :( I probably only have about 30 games on Steam and I feel guilty about all the ones I've barely played.

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    Interesting idea. Might have to do something similar myself. At least until Guild Wars 2 is out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbick View Post
    Interesting idea. Might have to do something similar myself. At least until Guild Wars 2 is out...
    You know that was EXACTLY what I was thinking. :)

    No chance I will though. Bought Orcs Must Die and Fallout New Vegas only yesterday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lightbulb View Post
    You know that was EXACTLY what I was thinking. :)

    No chance I will though. Bought Orcs Must Die and Fallout New Vegas only yesterday!
    I got those and strangers wrath.

    I have a rule:
    Buy anything below 5 that takes my fancy and 7. 50 if I am obsessed with the title. NOTHING MORE EXPENSIVE

    People derided me as a cheapskate.

    Been at it for about a year come new year.
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    540 games on Steam (that number rises FAR too quickly) but I've been pretty good at playing most of them for a decent amount of time. 5 hours is generally the length of time I need to reach to not feel bad, as it's about as long as most sp action games last these days. I think last I checked my unplayed games count was 30 or so, and most of them are random ones that were part of developer packs where I played most of the other games included... kinda makes them feel free to me :P

    Good luck with no games for a year. I know I couldn't do it. I already feel left out having to wait until xmas for Skyrim!

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    I think you're going about this too hard on yourself. You will undoubtedly want to get games coming out in the year, unless you shut off your eyes from the internet and your ears from verbal media and friends. Instead, I recommend making a list of all the games you want in the coming year. These are ones that you specifically, definitely, want to play. From then, you don't purchase any others.

    Ultimately, it's a hobby and you need to do what you enjoy, but don't rule absolutely everything out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The JG Man View Post
    I recommend making a list of all the games you want in the coming year. These are ones that you specifically, definitely, want to play. From then, you don't purchase any others.
    I can't think of any, I tend to be blissfully unaware of upcoming games until the pre-release hype starts. Maybe Arma 3, but that will likely benefit from a few month's patching. I don't want to buy any games because I so rarely play the ones I do buy, and it's not like I won't have quality games to play. Here's a few of the titles I own but have barely/never played:

    Arkham Asylum
    The Binding of Isaac
    The Longest Journey + Dreamfall
    F1 2011
    Geneforge 1-5
    Pride of Nations
    Silent Hunter 3+4
    Victoria II

    These are not games I'd be forcing myself to play for the sake of it. They look great, I want to play them, but I constantly get distracted and I seem to spend more time buying games than playing them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The JG Man View Post
    Instead, I recommend making a list of all the games you want in the coming year. These are ones that you specifically, definitely, want to play. From then, you don't purchase any others.
    I think this could be a great idea for AAA games, as they have marketing departments that should be putting the word out well in advance, but there's a good chance you'd miss out on some fantastic Indie games.

    Personally I don't feel my backlog is too big (probably less than 20 games that are un-or-hardly played), but the problem is that some of those are potentially huge. Sword of the Stars, New Vegas, DoW I&II expansions, and I really want the Geneforge games, which sound potentially mammoth.
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    I have 157 games on Steam.

    How the hell do you guys do it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nalano View Post
    I have 157 games on Steam.

    How the hell do you guys do it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nalano View Post
    I have 157 games on Steam.

    How the hell do you guys do it?
    Well, it helps to have a psychotic friend who gifted you every single $5 for 5 games indie pack last Xmas. That's like 50, right there.

    It also helps that Steam counts every single piece of $0.50 DLC as a "game" for purposes of that count.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vinraith View Post
    It also helps that Steam counts every single piece of $0.50 DLC as a "game" for purposes of that count.
    Not necessarily. The DLC is counted in the Community profile, but when one views their games from the Library the number of games listed under dropdown for All is probably different. For me they are 272 and 208, respectively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fumarole View Post
    Not necessarily. The DLC is counted in the Community profile, but when one views their games from the Library the number of games listed under dropdown for All is probably different. For me they are 272 and 208, respectively.
    So they are. In fact it's about a 30% drop from the community count to the library count, for me. I like the library count a lot more. What I really wish I could get is a count of games bought on Steam, as opposed to games bought or registered on Steam, preferably one without the DLC number in there.
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    Last year I decided I'd only buy two games at full price this year, and I have achieved that goal and will continue to stick to it. The two games were Deus Ex: HR and Battlefield 3, in case you were wondering.

    However, my brain made the association that 'two games at full price' is essentially the same as 'anything less than full price is totally fine'. A quick look at my purchase history shows that I took full advantage of that, and as such I really don't want to know how much I've spent on Steam this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neema_t View Post
    However, my brain made the association that 'two games at full price' is essentially the same as 'anything less than full price is totally fine'. A quick look at my purchase history shows that I took full advantage of that, and as such I really don't want to know how much I've spent on Steam this year.
    $50 WoW + $20 TBC + $20 WotLK + 36mo * $15/mo + 12mo * $10/mo = $750.

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    And here I was feeling a dunce for only having a dozen games that were sitting in my backlog. I've recently set a rule for myself that I will only switch to a new game once I've logged ten hours on the one I'm currently playing. That helps a lot for getting rid of said backlog, and making sure I don't over do it on Steam sales. Also, avoiding impulse buys helps a ton. I have a modest list now of games that I would like, and others I'm interested if the price comes down enough. Been sticking to that, and my library of games has since stopped ballooning at such a ridiculous pace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordHuggington View Post
    And here I was feeling a dunce for only having a dozen games that were sitting in my backlog. I've recently set a rule for myself that I will only switch to a new game once I've logged ten hours on the one I'm currently playing. That helps a lot for getting rid of said backlog, and making sure I don't over do it on Steam sales. Also, avoiding impulse buys helps a ton. I have a modest list now of games that I would like, and others I'm interested if the price comes down enough. Been sticking to that, and my library of games has since stopped ballooning at such a ridiculous pace.
    Some of the bigger Steam sales is what's generally done me in in terms of over purchasing for sure, especially when it's been ridiculous discounts across a particular franchise. The tendency is to think '75% off...it's never going to be that cheap again". But of course, it will (the following year).
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