It’s January so it’s time for resolutions! Specifically gaming ones!
Like many gamers, I have way more games than I have time to play them. It’s just so tempting to buy new games when they’re in a huge sale even if I have no intention of playing them at the time of purchase. That stops in 2013! Basically, I’ve gamified the act of reducing my backlog.
For each new game purchased, 3 games from my existing library must be completed. No exceptions, no matter how tempting or cheap a particular sale may be.
Completing 3 games does not means I must buy a new game, just that I have the option.
Rental services like Playstation+ and GameFly are free and don’t count as purchased games (especially in the case of PS+ where you don’t pick which games you get for free).
In most cases, completing a game is self-explanatory (reach the end). For unusual cases, what completing the game entails can be determined on a case by case basis.
Completing the same game multiple times does not count as multiple completions. However, replaying a game I haven’t played in years can count as a completion.
A game that I decide isn’t worth finishing can be considered completed but only when the game is sold (thus preventing the temptation to go back and play it some more).
There’s no extra weight given to games based on their length. A 4 hour indie game counts just as much as an epic 60 hour RPG. However, this rule should not be abused (finding a bunch of 10-minute web games to complete doesn’t count).
Anyway, I think this should be a fun way to enjoy the games I already own more and feel less overwhelmed by all the new games that come out every month. By adding an additional restriction to buying new games besides just cost (which was a great restriction back when I had less money and games tended to be more expensive), I think this will make me think more carefully about my purchases and focus on just getting the games I really want and not everything that feels like a good deal.
Of course, if you decide to play along, you can change the 3 games completed for every 1 purchase to a different ratio. I think this ratio will work well for me since I mostly play long involved RPGs but if you play mostly shorter games, you might want to increase the number of game completitions required.