Do you keep track of exactly how much you've spent on games? Do you just ballpark it? Or do you just look at how much you have in the bank account at the moment and let that dictate whether you buy a game or not? I'm just curious.
I probably should. I started trying to with a $60 per month starting charge, but then I looked at the yearly cost and it seemed really high. Then I felt bad about how much money I'm currently spending on games and then just decided to stop worrying about it altogether. If only my bank offered finance management software that just pulled in data from my online account.
Edit: I'm reconsidering, I should be better for it, thank you.
I bought 40 games in September, it's usually at least 5 games a month. I'm buying backlog games at this time though, now my backlog is.... *sigh* -_- I'm a bargain hunter, CAG is my best friend for this situation. As far as how much, I don't have a budget tbh, I just buy what I want if the price is right.
No, but I don't buy much in the first place. I frequently go for 6 months or more without buying anything. I do budget when Steam sales are on just because I would spend too much otherwise. But for regular games, no I don't because I only buy like 3 full price games per year or so.
I'm one of those assholes who only buys a game new and full price if it's one I'm very interested in. Otherwise, I wait for a Steam sale or for the game to be cheaper on Amazon, which means I get the most amount of games for the least amount of money. I went on a game buying binge last year, mostly through Steam sales, and I have a substantial backlog of games which prevents me from buying many games these days; maybe just a few games a month now. I've never been so conscious of spending that I've had to monitor and budget my game purchases, and I'm grateful for that, but obviously I check my money situation fairly regularly to make sure things are all in line.
@BisonHero: Nope, I usually just pre order a game real early. Then sometimes I will go in throw in 5, 10 or 20 bucks down on my game. Usually when i do this the game is paid off before it comes out. That is why I am a big fan of pre ordering. I know in the long run I am spending the same amount of money but it doesn't feel as bad as dropping 60 bucks all at once.
nah i just buy games that are amazing imo, games that i wanna play or are good i ussually wait till they're cheap. i ussually get 2-4 games a year (60 dollars) then some other random stuff (dlc, arcade games, reduced price games) when i want without considering money
A really good game will captivate me for a month or longer, I'm not spending lots of money on games. Between 5 and 10 fullprice games a year. Depending on how well entertained and passionate I am about these games, a sufficient quantity of budget games will be purchased to fill the gaps.
Very seldomly buying singleplayer-only games at full price, so those experiences are what I usually purchase and play as gap fillers.
Because I still live with my parents I have very few fiscal responsibilities beyond giving them some rent and paying for my phone, so I don't really need to budget. I try not to buy more than one game per paycheck unless it's downloadable or used though, and I've been avoiding buying hardware unless it's a birthday or christmas present to myself.
After paying for all the boring stuff in my life, like insurance, food, transportation and living, I'm usually left with about 100 euros per month to spend on recreation. In the summer, most of that money goes towards drinks and eating out but in the winter I spend most of the roughly 100 euros on games, music and films.
When I know in advance that I want to buy certain games, I try to pre-order them and even pay in advance. There's nothing worse than going to pick up a game you've been waiting two years for, just to find out that your bank account is missing 7 euros and you have to wait two weeks for your next paycheck.
I buy the 'best' games that I think I'll enjoy the most, if I can't afford the rest I usually will pirate them if there is no other games I wanna play and I am really interested in said game. Games like Mass Effect are a good example of a game that I couldn't afford at the time and pirated it, purchased it later when I did have the money. I buy a lot of games though and it's funny how even if you're unemployed or just in a really low income situation you can still manage to spent a crazy amount on the things you enjoy.
I try to budget it, sometimes I go a little over or a little under. It depends on the time of the year, like now I have picked up more games but I budgeted for that as summer was quite a lean spell in game releases for me. I try not to over think it but I usually end up doing so. But yeah, I budget and usually stick to it but sometimes if I have a week off work or whatever I may go get a new release if there is something out I want to play.