I like buying games either because I want to play them soon or I want to support the developer that made an interesting-looking game.
A lot of people complain about all of the games they don't get around to playing, but I think people should also realize how they have been supporting the game industry in all of that. And it's thanks to further investment that the games they -do- play and enjoy come out. So, while it's nice to play most of your games, don't feel too bad if you just get a lot of games. Even on sale, you're supporting games and the industry. :)
I'll buy games that I know will take months or years to play, but do have intentions of playing them. The only games that are on my steam that I have no intention of playing are left overs from humble bundles, and even then I might actually play them too, maybe, one day, the day when I finish all other games and they are all that remains.
I said shut the fuck up because changing the subject is all I can do to not think about how I've blown, probably, close to three hundred dollars on games in the past month, most of which I'll probably never see the fucking credits roll on. Oh man. Buying games reminds me I have a heartbeat.
I very rarely buy a game that I have no interest in ever playing unless it's part of a bundle. However I do re-buy games that I own on disc so I can get a digital copy/PC version when they go on sale for a hefty discount such as Morrowind, Max Payne, KOTOR, Thief and a few others. I've also bought games that I really enjoyed but didn't previously own, usually because I rented or borrowed the game such as LA Noire and Prince of Persia 2008 (also have my eye on Enslaved if it gets discounted during this sale). I like to think I'll go back and play them at some point even if it's just to remember why I enjoyed them in the first place and usually I play at least an hour of them, but there's certainly a few I've never touched and probably never will.
I keep a word document full of every game that I am interested in playing, I update it constantly both adding and removing as I see fit. I basically only buy games on that list. If there is a sale though sometimes I'll look into the games and decide that I'd like to own one of them, especially on GOG.
Nope, I buy games that interest me when they're on sale. The sales, however, persuade me to buy games that I normally wouldn't buy since I'm only mildly interested in them. Chivalry Medieval Warfare is a good example of this. I thought it looked like fun but I couldn't see myself paying more than $10 for it and I ended up buying it yesterday when it was around $6.
As a much younger man I had a somewhat relaxed relationship with, you know, paying for stuff. So know, as an adult with money, I like to buy shit that I enjoyed for free as a kid. But I'll admit, I also buy a buttload of crap that I'll never even get close to finishing.
Everything I buy I intend to play...at some point, hopefully.
So far, I haven't been too successful as the number of unplayed versus played games in my Steam library is highly disproportionate.
I think I am going to quit yammering on here and go play something right now.
No. A dollar is a dollar. If I'm not actively interested in playing that game, then I won't buy it. None of this nonsense about saving it for later. If you want it later, then buy it later when it'll probably be even cheaper. I also don't give one shit about supporting developers, because as an individual, your one contribution to their bank account doesn't do anything. The market either goes a certain way towards a product or it doesn't. You don't matter in it.
Generally I only buy games I actually am interested in playing before hand. I do buy some of the really really cheap indie or retro game sales though, where the game is already cheap then they give a massive discount, just for the sake of it. It almost seems rude not to.