You just spent $150 at the last Steam sale for a collection of shiny new desktop icons and forgot all about ROI, like we all do. But at some point, you are going to wonder why you paid $45 for Rage 3, when that 99 cent Eastern European game with dodgy reviews is at the top of your 'played time' list next to the artificially inflated DNF hours. You are not alone.
WAIT FOR STEAM/GOG SALES
Well first of all, $20-60 for opening day versus 99 cents during Steam/GOG sales a few weeks later is a no-brainer. I get it, I really do, sometimes you have to shoot at zombies or PigCops first thing before anybody else. But casual games can often be had for pennies on the dollar without threats or weapons or lawyers, and sometimes that pays off if you are into longshots like I am (I have been married twice and once won $70 at the horse races). If you are not sure: Have you watched all of Black Mirror? If yes, buy the goddam game now. If no, watch Black Mirror and then wait for the sale. Glad to help.
AFK time is valuable
Most of these hours recorded in the screenshot above were AFK!!! Do you care? NO! Do I? No!!! Does anybody? NO!!! If you are gaming on company time, more power to you, fight the powah!!! But sometimes you have to get up and go AFK with no notice. You can't do that during a real game like L4D2 or whatever it is ThomW plays on Saturdays. With casual games nobody gives a shit if you plunge 85 hours into Alice in Wonderland's Crazy Sudoku Jigsaw World, but if your playtime stats show over 20 hours playing ANY Deus Ex game, randos are going to quiz you about what you did on Liberty island, when you give Maddog levels of fuck. Casual games allow you to go AFK at any second during the day as events warrant, without any penalty, public or private.
Replayability - You want a return for your gaming dollar??? How about spending 99 cents on a full 5 hour game, and then replaying it a full year later without remembering it, so it is like a totally new experience??? The above picture is from my account, I could replay any of these over 9000 games at a moment's notice and react like I had just woken up in Narnia because they are all so forgettable. WHY CAN'T THEY MAKE $60 GAMES FORGETTABLE???
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