By Shuborno 6 Comments
Lately I've put a lot of value on my time. It's changed my gaming habits because while I can afford to buy any game, I don't want to buy or play many long games - the main cost to me is always time, not money.
This means the value of a game that requires long stretches to play is diminished unless it's easy to break up that play time into smaller increments (eg. RB3). Either that, or the game has to be so good that it warrants that increased attention (eg. ME2). As a result, I spend a lot of time on my 360 and PC but the only AAA full-priced games I've purchased for myself in 2010 are Mass Effect 2, Rock Band 3, and StarCraft II.
This doesn't mean I don't buy games. I am a huge fan of the downloadable space right now, as I'm getting a lot of value for my money and for my time. I very rarely spend more than $10 on a game or DLC, but when I purchase something like that, I know I can have a complete, satisfying experience and not have to schedule my life around gaming. I have so many fond memories of downloadable games and DLC in 2010:
- powering through Shank on Hard
- soloing General Knoxx and co-oping Zombie Island in Borderlands
- grinding through 40 rounds of Survival in Plants vs Zombies XBLA
- competing for high scores with my wife in Pinball FX 2
- learning to play poker in Poker Night at the Inventory
- playing through Mass Effect DLC and learning more about that world
I feel most moments playing any of the aforementioned games are rewarding and cost me little time and money. I spent as much time (or more) playing those games as I did playing the AAA games I bought. The games in my backlog I am very excited to find time for are things like Super Meat Boy, Limbo, and Costume Quest. The thought of diving in to AC: Brotherhood, Red Dead or Halo: Reach just feels like work instead of play.