Does this happen to you?

#1 Posted by Nux (2292 posts) -

Ok, so I buy on Steam with every intention of playing them. But what ends up happening is that I end up never installing them. I don't know why I don't install them, maybe because I don't want to wait for them to install or maybe its because I just forget to install them once I buy them and never get around to installing them.

Either way does this ever happen to any of you?
#2 Posted by Unchained (1080 posts) -

All the freaking time. I've actually decided to hold off on buying some much anticipated games (Shogun 2, Crysis 2) until I've at least played half of the games I purchases at Christmas.

Going to try and firing up Just Cause 2, Divinity II: Dragon Knight Saga, and Stalker this weekend. I also want to start Fallout: New Vegas (also a Christmas gift). Goddamn, I'm really behind.

#3 Posted by Ubik (122 posts) -
@Unchained said:
" All the freaking time. I've actually decided to hold off on buying some much anticipated games (Shogun 2, Crysis 2) until I've at least played half of the games I purchases at Christmas. Going to try and firing up Just Cause 2, Divinity II: Dragon Knight Saga, and Stalker this weekend. I also want to start Fallout: New Vegas (also a Christmas gift). Goddamn, I'm really behind. "
Ubik: [Reads insightful post that hits close to home. Sighs.  Looks at lengthy list of Steam games, maybe half of which he's ever installed, let alone played. Stares at wallet across the room. Glances back at lengthy Steam list.  Cries into his coffee. ]
#4 Posted by Nux (2292 posts) -
@Unchained:  That Is the same thing I'm doing. I haven't bought a game from steam in so long. I'm trying beat all the games I'm playing now before I get anything else from steam.
#5 Posted by scarace360 (4828 posts) -

it does and thats what valve wants

#6 Posted by Ubik (122 posts) -
@Unchained: Divinty II: Dragon Knight Saga was one of the few Steam sale purchases that I actually installed and played.  I love that game; it's fast, fun, and unpretentious for an action RPG.  Also, turning into a dragon is pretty sweet.  Damn, I think I'm gonna go play that thing now...
#7 Posted by TheKeyboardDemon (824 posts) -

I usually install games as soon as I buy them, but then end up not playing them for months. The worse thing for me is I start them up to complete the tutorial and then not playing them for months, when I do I have to do the tutorial again and once I've completed that I take a break and end up leaving it for months again. Maybe I have ADD or somthing!

#8 Posted by Nux (2292 posts) -
@TheKeyboardDemon: That's pretty much how I play Dawn of war 2. Boot it up for a few days then put it down for a few months.  Steam is evil that way.
#9 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5796 posts) -

Yes, yes it does.

And I hate myself for it. It's a good thing I don't have much else to spend money on, hopefully during the summer I'll have enough interest to play and finish some of these games.

#10 Posted by Worthy (107 posts) -

Actually, no. I almost never buy games of Steam unless its a super knock off price, cause here in Norway games are cheaper in stores then on Steam.

#11 Edited by Unchained (1080 posts) -
@Nux said:

" @Unchained:  That Is the same thing I'm doing. I haven't bought a game from steam in so long. I'm trying beat all the games I'm playing now before I get anything else from steam. "

It definitely brings me down when I start tallying the games I own (steam, console, PC-retail, etc) and discovering that there are many that I apparently purchased just to show off to myself that I think the bookshelf is a valid console as I put more games in it than in my machines. gah!

Well, this year I've really decided that I'm not buying a damn thing until I've at the very least installed and have given a fair shake to the games just looking pretty on my shelves / in my steam library.

@Ubik:
Thanks for the mini-review! I think you just set the path for my weekend.
#12 Posted by Nux (2292 posts) -

I blame the too good to pass up Steam sales they have. They are evil.
#13 Posted by Six (611 posts) -

yeah, i have several games on steam that i never played.  but i have limited my game purchases to sales where prices are >50% off.  Unless it was something under $10 to start.

#14 Posted by Nux (2292 posts) -
@Six: The way they price games on games at times is just too good to pass up. By not buying them you are losing money, thats how I got torchlight when it was on sale for $5.
#15 Posted by Brake (1086 posts) -

Looking at my Steam games list, I've actually installed a surprising number of my games and at least played them a little bit. My problem is that I don't finish my games. Like I remember really being into New Vegas when I played it, but now I haven't touched it in 5 months.

#16 Posted by Marz (5641 posts) -

I still have like 10 games i haven't installed and played from the Steam Christmas sales.

#17 Posted by Rhaknar (5939 posts) -

you dont buy games you want to play on steam.

you buy games you MIGHT want to play,,,one day...eventually. At least on sales. That's how I see it :P

#18 Posted by Killroycantkill (1377 posts) -

I have a bunch of games that came in a pack when I only wanted like 1 or 2 games. So the other game usually end up just staying on my library never to be played.

#19 Posted by Nux (2292 posts) -
@Rhaknar: That's pretty much how it goes.


@Killroycantkill: Can't you just buy those games from the pack without buying the full pack?
#20 Posted by Geno (6477 posts) -

Take it from someone that has bought close to 400 games on Steam and has played less than half of them (and completed only a small fraction), DON'T give in to the sales. If you spend $15 on 4 games for example, that might seem like a good deal, but it's essentially throwing $15 down the toilet if you aren't going to play them. Make a list of the games that you really want to play this year and just save your money for those. There are so many good games coming out right now that you're bound to be kept busy just with new releases. If you have any money or time left over, only then buy miscellaneous sale games on Steam. I've only gotten a handful of games off Steam so far this year when normally I would've gotten at least a few dozen already, and I'm a lot happier and spending less to boot. 

#21 Posted by dudeglove (7684 posts) -

I feel for the OP. Valve are so devilishly evil that, during that treasure hunt thing, they managed to make a game out of actually buying games.

#22 Posted by StarvingGamer (7898 posts) -

When I buy a game on Steam it's typically because of a sense of gamer obligation and an amazing deal. Or it's an old PC game that I don't want to have to keep track of the discs for like Evil Genius and Freedom Force.


That being said, I've probably only played $400 worth of the approximate $1600 worth in games I own on Steam.
#23 Posted by CaptainTightPants (2834 posts) -

No, I install games as soon as I buy them. I then usually play them for an hour and focus my attention on completing another game.... eventually.

#24 Posted by WillyLo (302 posts) -

Yup, I'm in the same boat :(. All that money...

#25 Posted by The_Hiro_Abides (1249 posts) -

I install everything. As for playing everything... well it's nice that it's there.

#26 Posted by Killroycantkill (1377 posts) -
@Nux: Yeah but if I don't buy the pack I'm losing money! I can't afford not to buy the packs.
#27 Edited by Nux (2292 posts) -
@the_hiro_abides said: 

      " As for playing everything... well it's nice that it's there. "
 
And that's why I think  most of us are in the boat we are in.  We buy all these games but most of them never get installed, and even if the games we buy do get installed the  mindset of its nice that they are there is what stops us from beating or just playing the games we buy. Man, Steam is evil.
#28 Posted by Underachiever007 (2468 posts) -

Nope. At least, not very often.

#29 Posted by IncredibleBulk92 (936 posts) -

Yea its getting bad, I have over 150 games, I've decided to only buy things I like enough to put on my wishlist.  I've started making my way through the games one by one by splitting games into categories, games I've finished and enjoyed, games I don't intend to play again, games I can dip into occasionally and enjoy the heck out of such as TF2 or Super Meat Boy and games I need to give a good amount of time to.


I really want to play New Vegas and try out a bunch of mods but it takes such a long time to mod it properly that I'm fed up of the game by the time I get to it so from now on I'm keeping games fairly simple.  One or two great mods, screw the little ones that don't add too much.
#30 Posted by Rhaknar (5939 posts) -


can you buy a game on steam and not download it? im actually thinking of buying bioshock 1 and 2 and just chuck them directly in my "finished/done with" category where my games that arent downloaded are... just to own them on a system that wont melt to the fucking ground...again (yes, im talking about the 360).

 

i remember a oooooooooold bombcast where they were talking about some steam sale and ryan said he bought GTA4 and his reasoning was " it was 5 bucks....", well thats xactly how i feel about bioshock  1 and 2 at the moment, i own them, finished them, do not intend to play them (at least not now)... but its 5 bucks (well 5 each)

#31 Edited by captain_clayman (3318 posts) -

i just kinda stockpile all my games up so i have a ton of them to play during the season of no harvest (around e3 time).  like a squirrel.

i have like...60 or so steam games now, most of them dirt cheap, i've beaten like 15 of them and have gotten into like maybe 30.

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