That said, I’m not normally one for making them, but I’m thinking that it is perhaps time that I outlined some “general gaming objectives” that I’ve come up with over the past few months, since in recent years I’m having real problems with gaming, mostly around the “not finding the time to play” all the games that I buy!
1. The first issue for me is probably the actual buying of new game releases; I’ve tried to address this by really holding off buying new games no matter how much I might like them, unless I know I’m going to properly set aside the time to play them. I’ll also save money by waiting a few weeks/months since games typically drop in price quite quickly these days, two months and you can be assured of a decent bargain!
2. So what about all those games that I’ve already bought and are sat on my shelves? Well if they’ve been sat there any length of time, then there’s a good chance you’re not actually going to get round to playing them — so I can’t have been that bothered about them in the first place — what a waste of money — DOH!
Well I’ve also already started to address this, now I’m someone who has never bothered that much with using eBay to sell things, mainly because (in my head at least) it seems like a lot of effort setting up the auction for the return — I realise I’m probably completely wrong on this one, but that’s the impression I have of using it a few years ago.
Instead I’ve found that listing your games for sale on shopping sites such as Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk or Play.com is very easy to do, it only involves a few clicks and the item description is already done for you on these sites, set your price – I normally aim to be cheapest so I shift these games that are cluttering up my life and get some return on it and this ensures you normally get a sale within a few days!
3. Having further considered my first objective, I’m also now not going to buy any more games until I’ve played through my current backlog list (this was a lot bigger until my recent sales), this appeals to my ‘value for money’ nature and means that it stops the actual backlog getting any bigger!
- Call of Duty 2
- Call of Duty 4
- Chronicles of Riddick
- Half-Life 2: Episode 2
- Team Fortress 2
Xbox 360 Games:
- Ghost Recon
- Lego Star Wars 2
- Rainbow Six Vegas
- Sega Rally
- Virtua Fighter 5
4. Get my World of Warcraft Level 54 Hunter to the maximum level 70, hopefully before the new expansion pack comes out and further raises the level cap to 80!
Now it’s written down, I’m bound to it, aren’t I? That should keep me busy for the rest of 2008 and save me loads of cash in the process! Now if I find a deal on a, am I allowed to buy the new games system or does that forbid it too I wonder?
Have you made any gaming-related New Year’s Resolutions? What are they? Do you think they are worthwhile in the slightest? Do you think there are any games on my backlog list that I could skip?
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Simon Barker is the founder and editor of Zath and has over 25 years’ worth of experience of using computers and technology in general. He can normally be found researching or testing the latest in technology products.
He has provided IT consultancy services to both home and small business users for over 15 years, building PCs, fixing hardware/software problems and providing comprehensive training.
Simon always likes to get the best out of the technology products he is using, by both making informed purchasing decisions and also optimising how they are used to get the most benefits possible.