Do buy games that are sale just for the sake of having them?
I would buy something if I'm interested in playing it and it's on sale, even if I know I probably won't get to it any time soon. With how often games go on sale though, especially on steam, I've done that less in the last couple years compared to the past. Then again, I used to do that will full price games too >-> (still sometimes do, bought all 3 Op Rainfall games when they came out, have yet to actually put one of them in my Wii >_>;;;) I'd never buy a game without having some interest in it though, that's just crazy.
Not new games. But I have bought a bunch of old games just to have them. Sometimes just because I felt like they could deserve some extra credit, and sometimes because I just wanted to contribute after playing something in the older days of low disposable income "read, I pirated or bought used". One of the liberties of earning money is that I can go back and make up for some old evil. :D
Either way, yes those are bought but never going to get played. But I wouldn't do that with something I haven't played before.
This is the first Steam Sale where I haven't bought anything because I still have a ton of games from previous sales that I need to play and PS+ is feeding me even more games. So I haven't been feeding my addiction these couple of days AND I FEEL TERRIBLE ABOUT IT.
If I've beaten a game on 360 or something like that and I just want another copy laying around since I got rid of my old one... I'll usually buy one of those on my computer for the sake of it. It's kinda like when I buy the Elder Scrolls games. Always console first then PC when it's on sale/has lots of cool mods.
I mainly do that on Gog.com. buying old games I used to own just so I have a digital copy in case I ever feel like going back and playing simon the sorcerer 3D. Of course, I never do.
I've never bought a game on steam I wasn't interested in playing, unless you count something like ricochet coming in the orange box or whatever.
That was something I used to do. But once you start moving around a lot you just dont have the space to be collecting bullshit you dont need. Finances are an issue too. I do have a handful of gamecube games I never played because they were practically free, but I've never been the kind of person who needed to get a 60 dollar game day 1 then just let it collect dust.
I use to buy digital games when they were on sale on a service I liked, but I stopped. There was a time when you didn't know if something would go on sale again and that time has long passed. Steam and PlayStation Network have been great with frequent sales on and price drops. I generally only buy something I plan on playing within the next three months or so.
Usually there is atleast one game that I have an interest in atleast trying, but then I go ahead and add the rest of the games to my Steam account as well. And generally never even get around to playing the game that I bought the bundle for in the first place. I bought a bundle with Saints Row: The Third in it over a month ago and only just got around to installing it yesterday, though still haven't played it.
But hey, Charity.
Scrolled about halfway down to get to items that I have no play time on, when sorted by playtime.
And 0.1 hours is about as much as anyone should put into DungeonLand, so I'm counting that as played.
Though we also have Swords & Soldiers on the iPad, where it's actually possible to play head-to-head locally.
I love the subtle distinction people are making between "I buy them with the intention of playing them, but often time don't get to them" vs. "buying them just to own them". I get the whole idea of "well they're on sale now, and they might not be when I feel like playing that specific game", but that's the crux of the fallacy; most games go back on sale within a few months, so why buy them now if you're not going to play them now? However you rationalize it we're sorta buying games just to own them if they don't get played. By the way, I'm saying all this because I'm so guilty of doing this as well. No judging. :)
I don't buy just any game on sale, but stuff I think I'd may be interested to try out some time in the future, sure. You never know when the game suddenly is pulled from Steam or whatever, or if your personal economy will change to the worse. Better to buy it when you can afford it, and it's available than to wait until that changes.
The Steam Summer sale was the first one I really got into, and I did end up with some games I'll probably never play. Had the best of intentions though.
For the Christmas sale, I was more controlled, I only bought two games. (One of which I've played already.)
This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.
Comment and Save
Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.