Ever since I got my very first console (a Game Boy) I’ve harbored the tendency to just hold on to games. I went through a brief and unfortunate phase where I traded some of my Nintendo, Game Boy, and Genesis games for other things that I thought were worth it (they weren’t) but as of late once I buy a game, I keep it.
On top of that, when I acquire a new console, I go on a bit of a buying spree, snatching up games that I think are worth playing when they go on sale or are used at a good price. This is quite evident since I got the Xbox and I’ve already managed to accumulate about 10 games in the month I’ve owned it. That doesn’t necessarily make me feel guilty in and of itself; I don’t feel as though I’ve overspent for anything. What does make me kind of sad is that I haven’t even opened all of them yet, and I know that I will continue to buy more if I see the opportunity.
What I told Abe when I was complaining about this that the best and probably wisest thing to do would be to just continue to buy the games I want for my current crop of consoles, and actually finish them. I have this nasty habit of getting about 80-90% through a game and then just stopping and starting something different. I’m not totally sure why that is, as though the ending is going to be much harder than the majority of the game that I’ve already fought my way through. Racing games such as Forza and GT4 are exceptions; I tend to lose interest in those before the halfway mark. But I digress.
I was saying that I would play though the games I have and complete all the games I’m interested in on all the consoles I own, and only then would I pick up one (or two, or three) of the next-generation consoles. And not a Nintendo DS, or a PSP. I seriously do not need one of those.