I don’t often buy video games, I feel. And when I do, it’s often because I’ve wanted it for a while and found it in a bargain bin or for sale online. I generally do not buy video games priced over 200 NOK; that’s my own personal maximum price, unless there are some other factors involved.
Even so, I’ve managed to work up a decent backlog of games I haven’t played through, and in many cases not even tried yet. It may in part be because I’m a bit of a meticulous gamer; I like to explore the surroundings, see what can be seen, often reload when I feel I did poorly at some combat sequence, and rarely race through games. Plus, I have other interests and hobbies rugging at me; there are still so many puppy, kitten, and skateboard accident videos on YouTube I haven’t seen yet.
Here’s a rough list of the games in my collection I haven’t played through. The ones in italics and colour are games I consider myself to be currently playing.
- Beyond Good And Evil (PC)
- Clive Barker’s Undying (PC)
- Cold Fear (PC)
- Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (GameCube)
- F.E.A.R. (PC)
- F.E.A.R. Extraction Point (expansion pack)
- Fallout 3 (PC)
- The Legend Of Zelda: Collector’s Edition – The Legend Of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Majora’s Mask (GameCube)
- The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii – a borrowed copy)
- Need For Speed: Most Wanted (GameCube)
- Nocturne (PC)
- Obscure (PC)
- Okami (Wii)
- The Orange Box – Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two (PC)
- Resident Evil (GameCube)
- Resident Evil: Code Veronica X (GameCube)
- Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (Wii)
- Sam & Max Hit The Road (PC)
- Super Mario Galaxy (Wii – but the disc has gone missing…)
- Super Mario Sunshine (GameCube)
- Super Paper Mario (Wii)
There are also a few games I’m currently considering purchasing, all through the online retailer play.com. There’s Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure for 19.5 EUR, an all ages adventure puzzle game for the Wii which makes good use of the controls; Bioshock for 13 EUR, a multi-platform (but I’m looking at the PC version) mature first-person shooter taking place in a failed Ayn Rand inspired underwater utopia; and there’s the Fallout Collection for 9.2 EUR, which collects the first two classic post-apocalyptic roleplaying games for the PC, plus a tactical shooter game based off the franchise.
They’re all supposed to be good, and the prices are all reasonable. But, low prices all add up and subtract from your total money fortune, and I’ve already got a double digit number worth of games to get through. I’m slightly worried they’d eventually go out of production though, becoming rarer, and the prices consequently rising. These things are hard to predict. I’m guessing neither of the two games first mentioned will go OOP anytime soon though.