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The Time Has Come

Posted by tylerh1701, 16 July 2012 · 35 views

There comes a time in many CAG's lives where they need to look back and reflect on their purchases, and more importantly, their backlog. Well that time has come for me finally. I've been on CAG for almost a year now, and I've had a great time meeting some of the most awesome people on the internet. I've also seen my backlog grow by 110 games in the last year, bringing the total up to 247 (hangs head in shame).

It's time for me to temper my purchasing, and I'm trying to set up a few ground rules to stick to. My goal is to cut my purchasing WAY DOWN, but still be a regular CAG user because I enjoy the community. Is that even possible? Or am I fooling myself, the same way you break up with someone but promise to "stay friends"?

Anyways, here are a few of the rules I'm trying to live by, feel free to chime in with more:


STAY OFF THE XBL/PSN TRADE THREADS!!! - This is the #1 rule I need to stick to. It's so easy for me to scoop up a new XBLA or PSN title for 30%-50% off from some awesome sellers over there. Within the last 2 months I've picked up Bang Bang Racing, Dungeon Fighter Live, Rotastic, Spelunky, Sine Mora, Avengers Chronicles Pinball Tables, Alan Wake's American Nightmare, Trials Evolution, Bloodforge, Guardian Heroes, Joy Ride Turbo, Fable Heroes, Ms. Pac-Man, Rainbow Moon, Dr. Who, Shoot Many Robots and Minecraft.

I've actually beaten 6 of those games already, but I still find that those two threads will inflate my backlog to no end unless I just stop visiting them.


No retail purchases over $10 - Unless the game is going straight into my disc drive, my goal is to never spend more than $10 on a retail game until my backlog is severely reduced. The only games I foresee spending more than $10 in the near future are Darksiders 2 (will wait for $20-$30), Resident Evil 6 ($20-$30), and South Park: Stick of Truth ($20ish). I also have the Ratchet & Clank Collection pre-ordered from Amazon with credit so I'll probably get that as well.


No digital purchases unless content is 50% off or more - I'm a sucker for XBLA/PSN games. I love only spending 3-6 hours with a game, completing it, and moving on to something new and different. Over half my backlog is digital content on those 2 platforms. I normally wait for sales on games (or pick them up in the trade thread like I mentioned earlier) but I've got to force myself to stick to this rule 100% of the time. I also need to work on buying less *mediocre* content on those two platforms just because it's on sale.


Avoid % off/B2G1 Sales - A couple examples of these would be the GoHastings sales (30%-40% off used) and Best Buy's B2G1 on used game deals. Whenever these sales pop up, I always spend way too much time trying to make a deal work. My goal is to just avoid the GoHastings thread entirely and just brush it off when Best Buy is doing a B2G1 deal.


I'm hoping to get my backlog under 200 by the end of the year (may be a pipedream, we'll see) and if I can honestly stick to these rules, I think I can do it. I'm also buying a house within the next month and living on my own for the first time, so that should end up forcing me to spend way more money on life expenses and way less money on games.

Anyone else have any other rules that they live by? Anybody have a worse backlog than mine?




There comes a time in many CAG's lives where they need to look back and reflect on their purchases, and more importantly, their backlog. Well that time has come for me finally. I've been on CAG for almost a year now, and I've had a great time meeting some of the most awesome people on the internet. I've also seen my backlog grow by 110 games in the last year, bringing the total up to 247 (hangs head in shame).

It's time for me to temper my purchasing, and I'm trying to set up a few ground rules to stick to. My goal is to cut my purchasing WAY DOWN, but still be a regular CAG user because I enjoy the community. Is that even possible? Or am I fooling myself, the same way you break up with someone but promise to "stay friends"?

Anyways, here are a few of the rules I'm trying to live by, feel free to chime in with more:


STAY OFF THE XBL/PSN TRADE THREADS!!! - This is the #1 rule I need to stick to. It's so easy for me to scoop up a new XBLA or PSN title for 30%-50% off from some awesome sellers over there. Within the last 2 months I've picked up Bang Bang Racing, Dungeon Fighter Live, Rotastic, Spelunky, Sine Mora, Avengers Chronicles Pinball Tables, Alan Wake's American Nightmare, Trials Evolution, Bloodforge, Guardian Heroes, Joy Ride Turbo, Fable Heroes, Ms. Pac-Man, Rainbow Moon, Dr. Who, Shoot Many Robots and Minecraft.

I've actually beaten 6 of those games already, but I still find that those two threads will inflate my backlog to no end unless I just stop visiting them.


No retail purchases over $10 - Unless the game is going straight into my disc drive, my goal is to never spend more than $10 on a retail game until my backlog is severely reduced. The only games I foresee spending more than $10 in the near future are Darksiders 2 (will wait for $20-$30), Resident Evil 6 ($20-$30), and South Park: Stick of Truth ($20ish). I also have the Ratchet & Clank Collection pre-ordered from Amazon with credit so I'll probably get that as well.


No digital purchases unless content is 50% off or more - I'm a sucker for XBLA/PSN games. I love only spending 3-6 hours with a game, completing it, and moving on to something new and different. Over half my backlog is digital content on those 2 platforms. I normally wait for sales on games (or pick them up in the trade thread like I mentioned earlier) but I've got to force myself to stick to this rule 100% of the time. I also need to work on buying less *mediocre* content on those two platforms just because it's on sale.


Avoid % off/B2G1 Sales - A couple examples of these would be the GoHastings sales (30%-40% off used) and Best Buy's B2G1 on used game deals. Whenever these sales pop up, I always spend way too much time trying to make a deal work. My goal is to just avoid the GoHastings thread entirely and just brush it off when Best Buy is doing a B2G1 deal.


I'm hoping to get my backlog under 200 by the end of the year (may be a pipedream, we'll see) and if I can honestly stick to these rules, I think I can do it. I'm also buying a house within the next month and living on my own for the first time, so that should end up forcing me to spend way more money on life expenses and way less money on games.

Anyone else have any other rules that they live by? Anybody have a worse backlog than mine?
I can tell you are not a pc gamer otherwise the current steam sale would double that number with ease.
THANK GOD I am not a PC gamer, or I would have resigned to the fact that I will never put a dent in my backlog. I actually have about 60 games on Steam from the various Indie Bundles, but I'm not counting those in my backlog. They were more just blind pickups in case I ever get a capable gaming computer (the one I use now can't handle Super Meat Boy).
I never understand how people manage to get their backlog so big. I see all the deal threads, I browse the games, and I buy nothing. This year I've bought 16 games so far and I played 12 of them I think.

The only thing that has caused me hassle is Best Buy constantly having $10 games, that's been 30% of those purchases...
Its tough being a CAG sometimes. Good luck with the goals it can be tough keep us updated!
It'll only get tougher for you, especially around the fall when the big name titles come out. I've been doing well since last October. I'm getting married in December so I've had to save up by cutting down my spending on games and eating out. I've only bought 5 games this year, two of those are pc downloads and one is Brave for that gift card & movie ticket deal.

I was proud of myself for not going crazy on the BB B2G1 last weekend, trust me it was tough. Best of luck to you, though. :)
Thanks for the encouragement guys, 1 game down already (Dungeon Fighter Live)!
My question is, do you just buy games cause they are onsale or cause you will actually end up playing them? I just don't see the point really, I only buy a few games every year and 90 percent of the time the games rock. I bought twisted metal, the walking dead(both episodes) and max payne 3. I kind of regret buying twisted metal, but oh well.

I dont mind paying full price for a game that I know will be good. Still have Halo 4, Medal of Honor and maybe AC 3, the first one made me hate the rest and have not played it since I dont remember. From what I can tell from the blog is that you just beat the game and move on. Do you sink anytime into games that have good MP?


Idk man, I just think its crazy to have a backlog that big and you might not even touch a game for a year or two.
Yeah, I just buy games on sale if I have a fleeting interest in them, and the goal is to stop buying them unless they're super cheap ($10 or less) and I feel like it's something I want.

I NEVER buy new games, the last game I "paid" full price for was Red Dead Redemption (and that came with a $20 GC I believe). But I'll spent up to $20 on a game, then just throw it on my shelf and it basically devalues, and that's what I'm trying to stop.

And not to sound like a douche, but I finished up my MBA last year and got a very sweet promotion at work. I'm single and paying about $300 for rent. I have NOTHING to spend money on, so it's easy for me to drop $5-$20 on a game I think I'll like without thinking twice about it. I know I'm blessed to be in that position, but it's definitely contributed to building a backlog that's way too big.

And finally, no I don't mess with MP hardly at all. It does nothing for me. I'd much rather spend 20 hours checking out 3-4 different games that give me several different experiences than sink that 20 hours into some multiplayer game. Plus, I like pretty much every genre of games (except long drawn out RPGs and generic/military FPS) so I enjoy moving from one genre to the next.
I ran into the same problem after joining CAG. I spent a full year just going crazy buying whatever, I think my backlog got up to around 160 games. (Started at maybe 20)

Realizing I was just wasting money since I only have time to beat maybe 20 games a year, I decided to slow down on purchases the next year. In January of that year I found digital sales and had already added maybe 8 new games so I cut myself off. Since then I have had yearly sales getting rid of games I don't touch the entire year.

I also implemented a cap on the size of my backlog (currently 59 games) and only buy new games if I beat a game and it's dlc. And then I only buy games that are $10 or less. It's a tough regime to stick with but I throw myself a bone and buy digital games here and there to break it up, and try to buy multiplayer games to play with my friends when I do buy games.

I also need to work on buying less *mediocre* content on those two platforms just because it's on sale.

This is probably your best rule. Don't buy crap that you won't like to play. Cheap crap is still crap. Instead of buying four $5 crappy games, buy one $20 quality game that has undergone price drops and now includes all DLC.

I've had to cut back on buying games this year due to financial reasons. So I have been earning Amazon gift cards, and if I don't have the money in gift cards, I don't buy the game.
All of your rules I've implemented into my own life quite awhile ago. My number is $15 instead of $10 though. The fall of psn 5 person game sharing has helped alot. $60 on Skyrim was the last full price I've spent in probably 3 years