A few weeks ago I wrote a piece for Bitmob ( http://bitmob.com/articles/an-uncommon-gaming-addiction ) about how I was worried that I may be addicted to buying games. I was hugely surprised with the response I got from my readers. Instead of people blasting me for whining about my situation, I got a ton of people that responded back saying they also had a similar problem. One N4G reader's brother even had a stack of 300 games he had not yet played!
It really has me flummoxed.
I just don't know what it says about gamers that, in this horrible economy, many of us are choosing to buy more games than we can possibly play.
Does anyone else have this issue? What do you think this could mean?
I know part of what has driven me to buy so many games new is a feeling of guilt if I don't support a studio I like by buying their game in the first week or two. But why should I feel guilty?
I have to wonder if part of it comes from developers and publishers blaming consumers when games fail, but in the over-saturated market it just doesn't seem feasible to buy every big new game that comes out.
Still. I am the one in control of my games-based spending, not publishers, developers, or the press. I am going to try to move away from a pure consumer mentality, and spend more time returning to games I already own and love. I am also going to spend more time playing the games I do buy, rather than just blasting through them to get to the next new title.
Help me out guys. I really don't know what to make of all of this!