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I am a 28-year-old guy who plays video games on occasion. I'm a casual collector and own various games from the Atari 2600 to the current generation of game consoles. Nothing really on the "rare" side... unless you count owning about a dozen variations of Wheel of Fortune as "rare."

I write and review things on occasion. I occasionally write reviews of games, otherwise it's me ranting about gaming and the industry at large. Be forewarned: Expect loads of cynicism over gamers and some of the things they say. I hate fanboys and all the things they stand for. I also dislike arguments without facts to back them up. Otherwise I'm a nice guy unless you try to teabag me in a multiplayer game. Then I might not be so nice.

When not sporadically contributing opinions to Destructoid's community blogs, I write about gaming obscurities and oddities at You Found a Secret Area.

I also occasionally post stuff elsewhere. Usually off-topic stuff, but other things as well.
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Yep, that's me. Mr. Late-to-the-party. I rarely play games when they come out. 2010 sucked because I can count the number of 2010 games I played on one hand. Hell, I can list them all: Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, and Rock Band 3. Hell, instead of playing the new 2010 games I got for Christmas like Fallout: New Vegas, Need for Speed, and Red Dead Redemption; I'm playing Saints Row 2, a game that came out almost two-and-a-half years ago.

Why am I this way? Have I fallen out of the gaming loop? Nope, Dtoid is a place I check daily, and I got sites like G4's The Feed on the RSS, so I am aware of games that come out. Have I become too picky in my game choices? Definitely. And I think I know why. It's one, simple word: money.

I'm guilty to admit this, but I'm a miser. I have money, but I refuse to spend it. There's only a few companies such as Valve or Harmonix that I will happily pay full price for on the day it comes out, which consistently pump out wonderful games. But for other games, I get reluctant to pay full price, because I remember how I've bought games only to not enjoy them. When you buy mediocre games, I feel like I wasted my money.


Sometimes I feel like Jack Benny does here.

Even if a game is dirt cheap, or part of a Steam deal, I get hesitant to buy it. I'm sure we've all succumbed to Steam deals and bought about $150 worth of games during the holiday sale, but I didn't spend a penny on this recent sale. There were a few games I would've bought in severely discounted form, such as Mafia II, but I decided not to. My reason was "I can't keep spending my money on things like these."


Some of these are so tempting. But then I go "No, dude, don't buy these. Save your money."

It's not even like I have to pay rent or electric bills, I'm in a position in my life that would be considered godly by some. I have a good chunk of cash in my bank account. But I think, "No, I must save this money up and buy the games when they're $20."

The unfortunate effect of waiting is that you get the game long after people stopped playing it. Most gamers -- especially console gamers -- are very flavor-of-the-month, playing a game for about a month or so, then trading it to GameStop to pick up the "new hotness," keeping this cycle up unless a game has DLC to keep it alive for about a month longer. It kind of gets annoying when I bought games like Borderlands to play with some friends from the old Sony GAP... only for them to finish the third expansion and then move on to a new game, leaving me in the cold, playing alone or with the occasional PSN player that happens to jump into my game. I don't think highly of Borderlands compared to others because of this issue.

Maybe that'll be one of the big things to change in 2011. No longer be Mr. Late-to-the-party. Try to keep tabs on gaming. Play the new hotness when it's hot, and not warmed-over like last night's leftovers. I feel like I'm missing out when it comes to video games, and I can't keep this up if I keep waiting nine months for it to hit a Steam sale to play it. Maybe I should look into a Gamefly subscription...
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