Hi all, new user to the site but a fairly long time listener to the podcast. Firstly I have to say that I absolutely LOVE the podcast it really has affirmed my passion for the video gaming industry and helped me realise that for me it's more than just a hobby.
Anyway onto the topic at hand I currently have 3 (maybe 4 if I am really lucky) nights a week to play video games as my girlfriend often works nights around her University schedule (huzzah) however I tend to find myself gravitate towards multi-player games because I can buy one and then sit on it for a year (or 6 months) and then buy another title to last me the same amount of time. November last year was depressing for me, with the number of AAA titles that came out that (as a student living out of home) I couldn't really afford I found I couldn't jump into any new games. I am primarily a PC gamer but dabble around on my PS3 for more controller friendly games such as the Assassins Creed series.
Do you often buy games on release (I realise everyone has some games they simply must have at release) or do you generally play all last years games when they are cheap. In the steam sales I was about to pick up Batman Arkham City cheap and also picked up Bastion which are on my to-play list this coming week. I also have a backlog of old games I am trying to get through or ones I have gotten stuck on that I can't get passed (curse you Orcs Must Die).
How do you keep your hobby cheap when it comes to purchasing a new title every week or few weeks? (I might add I am from Australia so regional pricing really hits us hard, especially on AAA titles, comparing prices on the steam store makes me frustrated sometimes!)
(I typoed my forum title, this makes me sad. player**)