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post #31 of 85
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Originally Posted by HeadRusch View Post

I am with you guys......been playing games since the Coleco Telstar pong system showed up in my house in 1976 or 77. Today, games that hit at $60.....they just aren't worth the investment.

This kind of stuff drives me nuts. I feel like some of you older gamers forget how much games used to cost. The Atari 2600 was originally released for $199 in 1977. If you adjust for inflation as of 2011 that same system would cost you $742.90!! Yes the system ended up dropping after a few years to $100, but thats still around $275 for a system. Looking at games its worse. Pacman was about $60 when it first came out for Atari and most games were around $30-$40. Even if you were buying your game for $30 in 1985 thats still $63.08 by todays standards, so next time you complain about "man these games cost so much these days" think about it for a minute and realize you actually pay less now for a good game than you used to.
post #32 of 85
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This kind of stuff drives me nuts. I feel like some of you older gamers forget how much games used to cost. The Atari 2600 was originally released for $199 in 1977. If you adjust for inflation as of 2011 that same system would cost you $742.90!! Yes the system ended up dropping after a few years to $100, but thats still around $275 for a system. Looking at games its worse. Pacman was about $60 when it first came out for Atari and most games were around $30-$40. Even if you were buying your game for $30 in 1985 thats still $63.08 by todays standards, so next time you complain about "man these games cost so much these days" think about it for a minute and realize you actually pay less now for a good game than you used to.

I never said games cost too much, you young whippersnapper, I said they aren't worth the money. That doesn't mean they cost too much, it means the experience I get out of them isn't worth $60 bucks. I'm in my 40's now, and while $60 bucks isn't alot of money to spend on something (while I still have my job, anyhow)....its also a lot of money to spend on something that is:
1) most likely the followup to a game I already own...Part 2, GOW3, etc, and could play again, waiting for this new thing to get cheap.

2) most likely going to be $20 bucks off in 30 days some place anyways.

3) is something that is new and exciting, but has been reviewed as being 'finished' in 6-8 hours. Thats $10 bucks an hour, give or take, of entertainment.

A movie is $10 bucks for 2 hours....thats a value, and that appeals to my elderly sense of miserdom, and then I shoot off for that Seniors Special Early Bird Dinner.... :P

TO RELATE: When I got a copy of Space Invaders for my then-brand-new Atari VCS, I played it for A YEAR....I had COMBAT, I had SPACE INVADERS...at some point I got Astroids and also Activisions Barnstorming. Also remember, back then, if you spent an hour in front of the tv at some point an adult kicked your ass off so they could watch the news or the ABC Movie of the week or something, if your friend had their own TV well THEN you were styling, but even THEN some annoying parent would come and throw you outside after 2-3 hours. Its not like today where the kids sit like crack addicts curled up in the corner of the couch with the TV playing something, a videogame being played a few seats over on another set and them shaking with a handheld or waiting for their friends to TXT THM BAK or something.....we were forced to get our vitamin D outdoors.

I think I might have been given a new cartridge 2-3 times a year, tops. Otherwise you went to your friends and BORROWED games, cartridges or just played them there. One of my friends had a Ballys Astrocade, we played that 70's gunslinger game on that. Another of my friends years later got a Colecovision, hell we'd steal our sisters panties (if I had one) and give em up in trade to get a few solid hours of playtime on that thing.....

Today you get a game, it obsesses you for a couple weekends or a week. In the 70's, you got a game and played it to death. Today we hype up a Modern Combat 3, and three days after its released the Modern Combat 4 Threads start to pop up because people are already "over MC3". :P

post #33 of 85
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Originally Posted by HeadRusch View Post

I never said games cost too much, you young whippersnapper, I said they aren't worth the money. That doesn't mean they cost too much, it means the experience I get out of them isn't worth $60 bucks. I'm in my 40's now, and while $60 bucks isn't alot of money to spend on something (while I still have my job, anyhow)....its also a lot of money to spend on something that is:
1) most likely the followup to a game I already own...Part 2, GOW3, etc, and could play again, waiting for this new thing to get cheap.

2) most likely going to be $20 bucks off in 30 days some place anyways.

3) is something that is new and exciting, but has been reviewed as being 'finished' in 6-8 hours. Thats $10 bucks an hour, give or take, of entertainment.

A movie is $10 bucks for 2 hours....thats a value, and that appeals to my elderly sense of miserdom, and then I shoot off for that Seniors Special Early Bird Dinner.... :P

TO RELATE: When I got a copy of Space Invaders for my then-brand-new Atari VCS, I played it for A YEAR....I had COMBAT, I had SPACE INVADERS...at some point I got Astroids and also Activisions Barnstorming. Also remember, back then, if you spent an hour in front of the tv at some point an adult kicked your ass off so they could watch the news or the ABC Movie of the week or something, if your friend had their own TV well THEN you were styling, but even THEN some annoying parent would come and throw you outside after 2-3 hours. Its not like today where the kids sit like crack addicts curled up in the corner of the couch with the TV playing something, a videogame being played a few seats over on another set and them shaking with a handheld or waiting for their friends to TXT THM BAK or something.....we were forced to get our vitamin D outdoors.

I think I might have been given a new cartridge 2-3 times a year, tops. Otherwise you went to your friends and BORROWED games, cartridges or just played them there. One of my friends had a Ballys Astrocade, we played that 70's gunslinger game on that. Another of my friends years later got a Colecovision, hell we'd steal our sisters panties (if I had one) and give em up in trade to get a few solid hours of playtime on that thing.....

Today you get a game, it obsesses you for a couple weekends or a week. In the 70's, you got a game and played it to death. Today we hype up a Modern Combat 3, and three days after its released the Modern Combat 4 Threads start to pop up because people are already "over MC3". :P


I guess it just depends on the game. I think games can be a great value. I got Starcraft 2 for $60 and can get a couple hours of enjoyment every week from it. Even if I only play 2 hours a week thats 104 hours of enjoyment for $60 in a year. I remember getting 80 something hours out of Final Fantasy 7. I think games are one of the greatest forms of fun per dollar available. You mentioned movies. Well you might watch a movie you really like what, maybe 10 times top in your lifetime. Maybe 20 if you absolutely love it. Even with the insane case of watching a 2 hour movie 20 times your getting 40 hours of entertainment for $20 bucks? I'm not saying I disagree w/waiting around a bit for a game to drop in price, but some of the posts in this thread are a little on the silly side. Waiting for a game to drop to 5 bucks to play it is over the top. Being financially responsible is one thing, but some of these guys must get their entertainment by swimming through their giant money bin ala Scrouge McDuck!
post #34 of 85
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Originally Posted by zergman View Post

I guess it just depends on the game.

Absolutely.....

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Waiting for a game to drop to 5 bucks to play it is over the top. Being financially responsible is one thing, but some of these guys must get their entertainment by swimming through their giant money bin ala Scrouge McDuck!

Everyone has their comfort zone...I start looking at impulse buys at $20 bucks or below.

But i also have about 40 games I've bought but haven't played...from Uncharted and Uncharted 2 to Metal Gear on the PS3, to other games I've only dabbled in. God of War 3...got it for $15, haven't played it. GT5/Forza 4.....I can play them or I can pop in PGR4 and just do a few laps in a few cars and get my racing fix..etc.

Truth is $60 is a lot to ask for a game that is probably already in your collection with a different set of graphical skins and a different title. I actually lost some gaming friends because I wouldn't keep up with buying or renting brand new titles.....
post #35 of 85
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Originally Posted by HeadRusch View Post

. I actually lost some gaming friends because I wouldn't keep up with buying or renting brand new titles.....

At least you had some gaming friends. I find as I get older I've become much more of a social gamer. I don't get nearly the enjoyment out of playing alone that I used to. I've turned to computer gaming as a solution because of all the internet based play, but it would sure be nice to find older gamers in my area. They need to have some type of geek find a friend site
post #36 of 85
I got tired of random public rooms, and I was never dedicated enough to join a "Clan"...you know.."Show up for Practice!" because half the time I'd log on and hear dudes talking about their 8th grade teacher or their homework. Yeah...I'd quietly sulk away. no thank...I want to hear people complaining about their wives, or how much it costs to have a patio refinished, or problems of that ilk

BUT MOSTLY I want to play with people who remember that these are f*@($ing Video Games and not a way of life, that if you suck, you just suck.....I got pretty sick of playing games with people who were like AngRy if you didn't play the game "the right way". Since I am always right in my own little world of gaming, I took great offense to that.

I should look into a USB headset.....
post #37 of 85
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I don't necessarily think that games cost too much, but what I do think is, that there are WAY TOO MANY great games that are maybe 6 months old, 10 months old, a year old, a couple of years old that are absolutely dirt cheap, that spending the full $59.99 plus tax for the...


NEW HOTNESS!!!


Just doesn't make a ton of sense. At least for those of us that aren't riding on the hype trains. You see, us older gamers have been around the block a few times, and we've been riding on that hype train for 20+ years in all likelyhood. At a certain point, you get older, and you end up jumping off the hype train. Then it's all about just buying a good video game.

Really, I think one of the key problems is that there are TOO MANY GOOD GAMES. Yeah, strange problem I know. There are just too many damn good video games that have been made in 2011, 2010 and 2009 that I haven't played yet, that I can buy for 5 bucks, 10 bucks, 15 bucks. Why would I run out and try to buy Mass Effect 3 the second it's available for $65 (after tax)? It just doesn't make a ton of sense to me. Especially when I can rent the game at Redbox for $2 and try it out for a day and see what all the hype is about, and then go back to my unbelievably long backlog of games.

Here is a little look at my backlog list:

1. Fallout 3 - Absolutely love this game. Played it a bunch on Xbox 360, then decided to start over when I got a PC. I have the GOTY version with all the DLC, and I haven't even scratched the surface. Love this game to death, but man it takes up such a large percentage of my available gaming time.

2. Batman Arkham Asylum - Got this a few months back for about $7.50 via Steam. I've played about 30 percent of the way thru it. Would like to finish it at some point.

3. Bioshock - Yeah, I'm still playing the original Bioshock, lol. I'm about 70 percent of the way thru the game, and just need to power my way thru the rest of it. Haven't played it in a long time.

4. Bulletstorm - Just got this puppy for 5 bucks. I love all the color... Just started it.

5. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit - Just got this the other day for $5. It looks absolutely gorgeous running on my PC. Just scratched the tip of the iceberg.

6. Assassin's Creed 2 - I finally beat Creed 1 last year, when I first got my PC. I was totally committed to completely finishing Creed 1, and I hunkered down and finished it. I promised myself that when I saw Creed 2 for $5 I'd buy it. Amazon had it for 5 bucks so I snagged it. Just started playing. The Graphics are very nice on PC. I'm really liking this game, but now that it will take a ton of time to complete.

7. Dead Space - I played about half way thru Dead Space on Xbox 360. Just bought it for the PC because it was 5 bucks, and I want to play Dead Space 2, but feel like I need to fully finish the first one. So, I'm going to start over on PC. Haven't fired it up yet.

8. Darksiders - I bought this last year, and never got around to firing it up. I got it on the PC because in a sceenshot thread I saw some screens of it and it looked amazing. Not sure why I haven't fired it up yet.

9. Far Cry 2 - Got this as one of the first PC games to try on my brand new PC. Had heard great things about the PC version. Played it for awhile, but got stuck at a certain point and haven't got back to it.

10. Mass Effect 2 - I bought this recently for $5 because I thought it was a really good deal, because I've heard the game is great on PC. The thing is, although I played about 30 percent of the way thru the first game, I never finished it. I really should have bought the first one. I don't know what I was thinking.

11. Prince of Persia (2008) - I played about half way thru this game on 360, and wanted to check it out on PC. Just need to get back to it.

12. Just Cause 2 - Got this off Steam for $5. Heard a bunch of good things about it. I'm not sure if I'll ever get back to this game to be honest. It was ok, but it didn't really float my boat.

13. Portal - Got it free off Steam. I'm stuck on like room 17 or something like that. Can't figure out what the F I'm doing wrong, lol...

14. Red Faction Guerrilla - Heard a ton of good things about this game, and I was able to get it cheap off Steam. It was pretty fun, I should really get back to it.

15. Civ 4 - Got this game, played it for a little bit, but didn't really spend enough time learning how to play it.





So, that's my entire backlog on PC right now. 15 freaking games. Most of those games are considered to be very, very good games. Why would I run out and buy a brand new game, when I have all those great games just staring at me, wondering when I will play them to the end? This doesn't even count any of the console games I already own. (mostly PS3 exclusives).


There just is no need to run out and get the latest hotness, when I've got a ton of great **** just waiting to be played. Sure, these games might be from the year 2010 or 2009 or even much earlier, but it really doesn't matter, because they are just as good as the games coming out right now. Yeah, I know, some of the newest games have extra little graphical effects and what not, but nothing is light years ahead of what I'm playing.

The next time I run out and buy a brand spanking new $59.99 game is when the next Xbox or Playstation comes out. Until then, it's not happening. The only reason it's going to happen then (cause I'm sure I'll still have a giant backlog), is because the hype will actually seem kinda real then. Because when you get a new generation of gaming hardware on the console side of things, developers are forced to make brand new engines, and things can really get exciting at the start, when you're first trying to see just what the new machines are capable of....
post #38 of 85
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Originally Posted by pcweber111 View Post

For some games I am ok with waiting but for something like Skyrim, it's worth the cost of admission on opening night.

Absolutely.
post #39 of 85
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Originally Posted by Anthony1 View Post

1. Fallout 3 - SNIP.

Me 2, finished the story once after game came out, lost all saves, re-started after buying this with ALL DLC for like $5 bucks, got to about level 20, have like 800 hours to go..... =| Oh, and then a few months ago, I got Vegas for the same deal :P
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2. Batman Arkham Asylum - Got this a few months back for about $7.50 via Steam. I've played about 30 percent of the way thru it. Would like to finish it at some point.

THIS game ^^ you will want to stick with, you lose the momentum of the story if you stop and come back, plus you have to backtrack in the game, a lot, and it helps (a lot) if you are immersed in the game when you do it, with all the Gotham Audio logs and stuff.....IMHO of course.

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3. Bioshock - Yeah, I'm still playing the original Bioshock, lol. I'm about 70 percent of the way thru the game, and just need to power my way thru the rest of it. Haven't played it in a long time.

Great game, I started playing Bioshock 2 and gave up fairly early in...just wasn't into it. Another game I'll get someday for $5 bucks and enjoy like hell on some rainy weekend.

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4. Bulletstorm - Just got this puppy for 5 bucks. I love all the color... Just started it.

Not as fun as I wanted it to be....didn't like the combat or the restrictive environments, but I know what you mean. big-name release too, now 5 bucks You gotta buy it. 5 bucks is an extra value meal fer chrissakes...

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5. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit - Just got this the other day for $5. It looks absolutely gorgeous running on my PC. Just scratched the tip of the iceberg.

Agreed...and remember, when you get THE RUN in 2013 sometime, it'll be a prettier game, but it wont be nearly as good of a game.

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6. Assassin's Creed 2 - I finally beat Creed 1 last year, when I first got my PC. I was totally committed to completely finishing Creed 1, and I hunkered down and finished it. I promised myself that when I saw Creed 2 for $5 I'd buy it. Amazon had it for 5 bucks so I snagged it. Just started playing. The

Started 1 on PC, lost hard drive, didn't reinstall. Got it on Xbox 360 for $10 bucks. Never fired it up, then got part 2 on PC for 4 bucks. never fired it up. Both on the list "to play eventually". QUESTION: Do i even bother with 1 or do I go right to 2....I got into 1 where I had opened up the 2nd or 3rd city, and had gotten daggers and stuff back, not sure I want to grind my way back through that again in part 1.

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7. Dead Space - I played about half way thru Dead Space on Xbox 360. Just bought it for the PC because it was 5 bucks, and I want to play Dead Space 2, but feel like I need to fully finish the first one. So, I'm going to start over on PC. Haven't fired it up yet.

GREAT GAME! Part 2 is a bit more faster paced, a little more arcadish. part 1 is great...and the best part is once you finish it, you can re-start it with all your kick-ass upgraded weaponry making it more of a "I am ehre to kick ass and chew bubble gum" kinda game instead of a "AAAAA PLEASE LET THIS THING DIE, I JUST CRAPPED MY PANTS AGAIN" experience that it can be early on your first time through....

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8. Darksiders - I bought this last year, and never got around to firing it up. I got it on the PC because in a sceenshot thread I saw some screens of it and it looked amazing. Not sure why I haven't fired it up yet.

I dont even know what this is...thank God.

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9. Far Cry 2 - Got this as one of the first PC games to try on my brand new PC. Had heard great things about the PC version. Played it for awhile, but got stuck at a certain point and haven't got back to it.

..cuz it kind of sucks. The whole weapons malfunctioning and having to drive to 'yet another shack' to shoot at the same guys, the combat in this game was very unsatisfying...I really hated it.

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10. Mass Effect 2 - I bought this recently for $5 because I thought it was a really good deal, because I've heard the game is great on PC. The thing is, although I played about 30 percent of the way thru the first game, I never finished it. I really should have bought the first one. I don't know what I was thinking.

Started it, wanted to get into it, like falout and skyrim you need to set aside a good chunk of life to play this game I think. Did find myself getting tired of conversation trees tho in the little I played.

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12. Just Cause 2 - Got this off Steam for $5. Heard a bunch of good things about it. I'm not sure if I'll ever get back to this game to be honest. It was ok, but it didn't really float my boat.

Liked it, but quickly found myself getting killed when assaulting different bases.....then spent more time trying to explore than play the game. ALSO bought it for 5 bucks on Steam recently, will give it a try. I also have the 2 DLC's for GTA 4 to get through...

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14. Red Faction Guerrilla - Heard a ton of good things about this game, and I was able to get it cheap off Steam. It was pretty fun, I should really get back to it.

Agreed, also stopped 'a little ways in'...problem is these games get repetitive.....and then you wind up getting in a protracted battle with the forces, then you start blowing crap up just to blow stuff up, then you get bored and shut the game off.....the bane of all sandbox games, including just Cause 2 and GTA4...if you wander TOO far off the beaten path you get bored being a hooligan :P

I have a bunch more to go through but my list is surprisingly similar to yours.....LIMBO is simple, haunting....I have a two or three dozen games on the PS3 and Xbox I never got through......I'll usually stop and play the latest COD game but thats about it. Oh...i am going through Skyrim. And I dont even like those kinda games but like others have stated, there is so much game here, and I DONT have any other games LIKE skyrim in my backlog, i wanted to give it a shot.
post #40 of 85
My excuse of buying ton games, is growing up I didnt have many. I would maybe get 2 or so a year if I was lucky. Now I can afford it I want to experience everything I can.. I even built a mame arcade cabinet during my 2 weeks off from work.. project I always wanted to do it. I do look for the best deals online and hardly ever buy games over $40. However I think there should be some senior gamers discount.
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My excuse of buying ton games, is growing up I didnt have many. I would maybe get 2 or so a year if I was lucky. Now I can afford it I want to experience everything I can.. I even built a mame arcade cabinet during my 2 weeks off from work.. project I always wanted to do it. I do look for the best deals online and hardly ever buy games over $40. However I think there should be some senior gamers discount.

It sounds to me like you really like to check out a bunch of games, and want to keep up with the latest releases. It does suck that PC games don't have a rental industry like console games. It's so easy and cheap to rent the latest and greatest console games, but with PC this isn't possible.

I have this pass via Blockbuster that lets me swap a blu ray movie for a game or movie or whatever. It's like $14.99 per month. Basically, we go there every day and swap it for something. Sometimes we go there twice. I've got kids and they play the 360 and PS3. So, we like to check out the latest and greatest PC games.

The thing that sucks, is that I really wish I could play all the new hot games with this rental pass, but I really only get PS3 exclusives and 360 games that will never be on PC. So, it really limits it. I just don't want to play the console version and spoil the experience. I did play Rage a bit on 360 though...

But man... if you could rent PC games, that would be cool. I'd love to try out all the latest and greatest games. Console gamers have no idea how good they got it in relation to being able to rent games and being able to sample the latest $59.99 release for peanuts.
post #42 of 85
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But i also have about 40 games I've bought but haven't played...from Uncharted and Uncharted 2 to Metal Gear on the PS3, to other games I've only dabbled in. God of War 3...got it for $15, haven't played it. GT5/Forza 4.....I can play them or I can pop in PGR4 and just do a few laps in a few cars and get my racing fix..etc.

I think that this is one of the biggest things today. It seems whatever forum I visit, people talk about their huge backlogs. When I was a kid, people only got games either as Christmas/Birthday gifts or when they could scrape enough money together to buy one. Now, people buy games all the time and often buy more than they can ever possibly play. I figure the laser on my PS2 will die before I can even put a dent in that systems backlog and I have almost as large of a Xbox 360 backlog. I also bought several dl pc games in the past year that I don't think I'll ever get too.

My youngerst child is a Junior in high school and my wife has already said to be ready to downsize within the next decade. I have no idea where to stick the mountain of games, movies and music I own. And there are more games to buy down the road. Although by then, I'll probably just need a few more external hdd's to store them on!
post #43 of 85
To the guys trying to play Mass Effect 2 first, i'd definitely recommend to go buy 1 and play that first. IMO, both are excellent games story wise and graphically, with great atmosphere and challenging combat. The first one has some major story elements that, while you don't need, imo are mind bogglingly good, especially if you've got a good imagination. My .02

If you click on the link in my sig the second video down is a video i was inspired to make after being pretty floored by the ME1 experience, it shows some of what you'd be in store for. Not very well edited as i didn't have any fancy video software. (make sure to go onto youtube and turn off 3D if you dont have it)
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To the guys trying to play Mass Effect 2 first, i'd definitely recommend to go buy 1 and play that first. IMO, both are excellent games story wise and graphically, with great atmosphere and challenging combat. The first one has some major story elements that, while you don't need, imo are mind bogglingly good, especially if you've got a good imagination. My .02

If you click on the link in my sig the second video down is a video i was inspired to make after being pretty floored by the ME1 experience, it shows some of what you'd be in store for. Not very well edited as i didn't have any fancy video software. (make sure to go onto youtube and turn off 3D if you dont have it)

Yeah, I absolutely need to get ME1 and play that first. I played it a bit on Xbox 360, but when I went on that first maako mission (whatever the tank thing is called), I just got stuck, and couldn't get past that part. Then I ended up giving up on the game. But I was really, really enjoying it before I got stuck.
post #45 of 85
Games drop in price too fast nowadays for me to run out and pay $60. Quite a few games that came out before xmas are already $30. Is the experience more enjoyable paying $60 to play it right away, or wait 2 months and get it for $30? Nope. I'm more than content to wait and have a huge amount of games to play through( some of which haven't even been opened yet).
post #46 of 85
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Games drop in price too fast nowadays for me to run out and pay $60. Quite a few games that came out before xmas are already $30. Is the experience more enjoyable paying $60 to play it right away, or wait 2 months and get it for $30? Nope. I'm more than content to wait and have a huge amount of games to play through( some of which haven't even been opened yet).

In some cases yes, esp with online games like BF3. Two or three months behind would be a great disadvantage for online games since everybody would have leveled way up and you will get your @ss kicked for a long while.
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In some cases yes, esp with online games like BF3. Two or three months behind would be a great disadvantage for online games since everybody would have leveled way up and you will get your @ss kicked for a long while.

Personally this doesn't bother me at all. I don't invest nearly enough time in any of the multiplayer games to win any of them. So if I'm a few months behind the curve and I get my butt kicked, not a big issue.

Case in point, I've just started playing Uncharted 3 multiplayer, many people are way up on level 70, while I'm like on level 12. Do I get my butt kicked more often than not? Yeah but it's not that big a deal where I'm going to pay $60 instead of $30 just so I don't get my ass handed to me. I'm 34 and past the point where being ranked #1 in a video game is of major importance to me.
post #48 of 85
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For some games, if you wait a couple of months, there might not be much of an online community at all, so if you were really into the idea of multiplayer, it's best not to wait. Take Brink for example. That games online community died in about 2 months, if that. If you bought the game 4 months later, you might not be able to play in very many online games.

Of course, if you wait for a game to hit 5 bucks, then typically there are tons of other people that are going to buy it, and then you might have a resurgence in the online participation. I'm not really an online shooter type guy. Normally, I step out into the field of action and it's headshot in about 3 or 4 seconds, so it's not that much fun for me. I'll try the online modes for awhile, but I'm more into single player.
post #49 of 85
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8. Darksiders - I bought this last year, and never got around to firing it up. I got it on the PC because in a sceenshot thread I saw some screens of it and it looked amazing. Not sure why I haven't fired it up yet.

10. Mass Effect 2 - I bought this recently for $5 because I thought it was a really good deal, because I've heard the game is great on PC. The thing is, although I played about 30 percent of the way thru the first game, I never finished it. I really should have bought the first one. I don't know what I was thinking.

11. Prince of Persia (2008) - I played about half way thru this game on 360, and wanted to check it out on PC. Just need to get back to it.

13. Portal - Got it free off Steam. I'm stuck on like room 17 or something like that. Can't figure out what the F I'm doing wrong, lol...

Quite a list anthony1. I tend to shop just like you. even on my favorites like Halo. I don't rush out right away. I really...really liked the 4 above from your list and finished them all except Portal. I got stuck around the same place and just gave up. I finished Darksiders over XMass. It was awesome! But a warning. Make sure you create a master save after the end/beginning of each Boss episode that is different from the 1-2 you use ongoing, along with autosave. Only overwrite your master save when you complete a level and start a new one. Because that game has a few glitches. You can get stuck in a glitch and have to start the whole game over again if you don't have a level save preceding the glitch. It happened to me and a lot of other people. Mine occured near the end in "The Dark Throne" level. After starting over...I kept a master level save at #6.

I'm all for the suggestion above to join a gaming club for members 50 yrs and older. With the caveat...you gotta have "Carpel Tunnel Syndrome" to get in if you're 35-50.
post #50 of 85
I don't know if there are really too many good games, or just too few games with any new ideas. So many times I try something and feel "I've done this so many times before."
post #51 of 85
I think they need to make game better and more believable if they want to keep the attention of adults who as we get older are more and more brainwashed with our reality. Jets banking left while turning right isn't going to cut it anymore...
post #52 of 85
Just picked up Dead Space 2 for free yesterday with the $5 price plus the $5 credit I received for buying a few games in December from Amazon!!! Looks great on PC!! A bunch more games going on sale next week for around $2-$3 with the $5 credit codes.
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Just picked up Dead Space 2 for free yesterday with the $5 price plus the $5 credit I received for buying a few games in December from Amazon!!! Looks great on PC!! A bunch more games going on sale next week for around $2-$3 with the $5 credit codes.

Both Dead Space are 5$ on Steam this weekend, for anyone who didn't pick them up at 40$ (like me). they are now 5$
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Getting Dead Space 2 for free is just redonkulous! Gotta love those codes. I was able to get NFS: Hot Pursuit for $5 by using those codes, and getting Dead Space 2 for free is just the icing on top.
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I'm so excited for Starcraft 1 to drop a few more dollars. I couldn't find it for any cheaper than 6 bucks, so hopefully it drops to $4.99 soon cuz I hear its a great game.

Zerg the smile and username indicates that you are being facetious. At least I'm hoping! I mean, come on a few dollars difference ya cheapskate. HAHA.
post #56 of 85
Backlogs, backlogs, backlogs. I'd buy new games more often if not for that. One other major factor - when a particularly great game gets its hooks into me, I could play it for months or even years, which cuts into my backlog clearing time.

In the last month alone I've played 40+ hours of Team Fortress 2, a game that came out almost five years ago. I main four characters (Scout, Spy, Demoman and Engineer), but only play on one map 99% of the time: vanilla 2Fort.

It's amazing how much fun it is in that game trying different weapon combos and coming up with new strategies with my characters as I work to defend my base or infiltrate the enemy base depending on the needs of the team. No other vs. game gives me the same rush, so it is tough for me to really get into new multiplayer games that aren't co-op focused.

For solo/co-op games, I play one at a time until I finish it or lose interest. Right now I am LOVING Batman AC. It's my 2011 GotY and I'm only 30% done (Hard difficulty). I went through the Mr. Freeze battle last night and was grinning the whole time. It's titles like these that make me proud to reward the developer with early support before its heavily discounted.

My backlog includes:

Mass Effect 2 - never played pt. I, but watched the re-cap movie. I look forward to playing it as I loved KotOR back in the day.

Dead Space 1 & 2 - I may finally get to these after Batman

Civilization V - It will be toughest to start this since I have to learn an entirely new genre for me

Total War: Shogun 2 - Same as above. Heh, coincidently the last RTS game I played was Lords of the Rising Sun by Cinemaware on my Amiga =p

Various budget adventures - mostly point and clickers that I enjoy

Deus EX - I got it during the super sale, and despite the recent good reviews I'm in no rush to start it though

Just Cause 2 - It didn't grab me like I expected. The mouse aiming felt wonky, so maybe I need to tweak the settings before I try again.

Kane & Lynch 2 - The atmosphere appeals to me but I keep forgetting to start it up and try it out

Hard Reset - Another super sale purchase that looks to be a nice looking, old school styled sci-fi shooter.

Wings of Prey: I used to like these type of games a few decades ago and got this on sale to see what the modern ones play like. I still haven't fired it up yet though.

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Still, I'm proud that I have cut through some of my backlog. In the last year my completion list includes:

Portal - a perfect puzzle adventure

Portal 2 - Easier and not as amusing as P1. Still need to try co-op

Puzzle Quest 2 - First game in maybe a decade that had me playing until 6 AM

Torchlight - I'll want the sequel more than Diablo 3 if they include an option to use my DualShock 3 controller

Various point 'n click adventures

Serious Sam 3 - Awesome, awesome title. Most under-rated in 2011

Streets of Rage: Remake - 100+ hours playing a game that can be beaten in 90 minutes shows how much I adore this release

Dragon Age: Origin - Easily one of the best games this generation, though I played with mods for better balance, better UI, a respec option and graphic enhancements

Battlefield 3 - My biggest purchase regret in 2011. I got it at launch since it was the big new graphic powerhouse released just after I built my new super-gaming rig. Tech wise it shows off its muscle very well, but the solo adventure was atrocious and TF2 serves all my vs. needs at the moment. I should've waited for a $4.99 sale.

Limbo - 1st half was intriguing and full of atmosphere. 2nd half was generic and a bit unsatisfying.
post #57 of 85
One good thing about having a PC game backlog is that you dont have to worry a few years down the road about the platform being hard to find. Consoles get more difficult to find as years go on. Atleast now with virtualization within the PC realm any dated game will run on your machine including those old DOS games
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One good thing about having a PC game backlog is that you dont have to worry a few years down the road about the platform being hard to find. Consoles get more difficult to find as years go on. Atleast now with virtualization within the PC realm any dated game will run on your machine including those old DOS games

Which is another reason why I switched from full time console gaming to full time PC gaming. I much prefer being able to play any game I own at any time I want and not have to worry about older systems breaking over the years.
post #59 of 85
I'll tell you why I buy so many console games new. I can sell them. I have 3 console games right now: NHL 12, MW3, and Rocksmith. I bet I've bought 15 or so new in the past 12 months though. I buy them from Amazon when a $10 credit deal is going on, play them for a month or whatever and send them back for a $30 credit. Costs me about $20 to play a brand new game. I can live with that. Everything else I don't deem worthy of purchase, I use gamefly.

On the PC side, I buy a new game every now and then, but I've got a ton of cheap as steam sale games laying around. I'll never buy many new games on PC cause I can't trade them.
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I'll never buy many new games on PC cause I can't trade them.

Yeah, the old craigslist seller in me, doesn't like the fact that I can't sell my PC games to somebody else. But, I've been buying all my PC games for $5 or less lately, so I kind of look at it like a rental fee. For a very, very, very long rental..
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