Why I'm Not Buying Any New Video Games This Summer

Why I'm Not Buying Any New Video Games This Summer

Taryn Williford
Jun 22, 2011

I'm declaring an in-house moratorium on new video game purchasing. It's not because I've decided to spend less time in front of the TV screen. And it's not really a budgeting move, either. The real root of my new-game ban? We don't play video games enough.

Thanks to Netflix streaming and my desire to own every dance game on the market, my household now officially has more video games than DVDs. It's a logical progression. Movies are slowly going the way of music, transforming from a physical entity to something that exists only as an icon in a file on your computer (or in the cloud!). Most video games aren't there yet, so we're still stuck storing a bunch of plastic snap cases for our XBox and Wii games.

The problem is that with all of those gaming titles staring you in the face every day, you start to think about how many of those $50 and $60 games have actually given you your money's worth. Out of 20 or so games, between both the XBox and Wii, my boyfriend and I regularly "play" only two of them, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Wii Fit.

That's why this summer, I'm enacting an embargo with Game Stop and Best Buy. No new games are getting into this house, not until we've played out all of our other titles. (Not even the new Wii Play Motion, which I'm sure would be a big hit in this house considering how much we've played the original Wii Play in the past.)

I'm hoping that my summer resolution will help us enjoy a bunch of almost-"new" games, while still saving a bit of money during vacation season.

Do you get enough use out of your tech purchases? Are you making any summer resolutions to play more or buy less? Tell us in the comments!

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