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Mo' Money

2010-06-25

How is it that you can actually have less money when being careful only to purchase something when it's on the cheap?  Having finally gotten a new PC after years of being in the grip of Apple, I am just now getting the opportunity to experience many of the games I've missed over the years.  I've always been curious about Valve's Steam despite my concern over digital distribution as the idea of simply being able to click a button and acquire it immediately (outside of the download, but still) is, well, a bit of a no-brainer.  The collector in me has a strange need to own a hard copy of whatever it is I've spent money on as I like to look over at my shelf and bask at all of that precious, wasted time so having something just on the gaming platform itself worries me.  Perhaps this is unfounded and is similar to how my grandparents are terrified of the internet and all its wonders, who can say?  But having now had some time with the great Steam itself, I can say that having the ability to own something with a mere press of a button is both a wonderful and dangerous thing.

Which brings me to my original point.  I have spent less than twenty-five dollars and now own eleven games.  That's ridiculous.  The problem with this model, however, is that a new something goes on sale every-other-day if not multiple times a day which and while I don't "need" to press the purchase button, it almost because absurd not to.  As a for instance:  I've heard wonderful things about The Witcher.  It's normally twenty bucks.  Not bad, but certainly not money I'm just going to hand over.  Until July 4th, The Witcher is now on sale for seven bucks.  I mean come on.  I have to spend this money in order to save it, don't I?  And that business stacks rather quickly and can get out of hand far too fast.  Deus Ex 1 and 2 for four dollars, Mass Effect for five, Painkiller for four, Call of Cthulhu, The Witcher, etc., etc., etc.  Bioshock 2 is fifteen bucks as of this writing and it's taking everything in me not to click on it.  I don't even have the time to install the game much less play it but for fifteen bucks, why not? The Siren call is a wicked thing and I can't avoid the song no matter how hard I might try.

What's worse, they tell you how much money you've saved by spending money.  I could buy the Square-Enix/Eidos pack for $75 and save $511.  I'm not about to go anywhere near that price tag but it's an argument that solves itself.  And that's a very dangerous thing.

I realize I'm late to the party but I needed to share.  Trying to juggle eleven games at once is a problem I don't even want but have brought upon myself.  And that's after purchasing crap off of the PSN.  I just keep telling myself that I'm a smart shopper and this is all for the betterment of my wallet while it weeps quietly in the basket above the microwave.