The Time Has Come
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?