Ah, The Black Friday…
There is no other day in the year that I have such a mixed feelings for. There are times when I absolutely love it and wish for it to hurry up and arrive. On the other hand there are times when I simply want it to go away already! We all know what this means and where all of this is coming from.
This “tradition” that was originally popular only in the United States has recently swept throughout the world infecting everybody with the Black Friday fever. I think everybody can feel its influence and see its footprints and consequences all around us, especially in the wallets, right where the money used to be 🙂
Can’t help but feel that the Black Friday is especially hard on gamers. All of us that purchase video games regularly to play new titles know just how many games one can wish for. Fortunately for us all of the game retailers and all of their online shops are doing fantastic work of making those games affordable by anyone. But, is this truly that good of a thing? Unmistakably, this is a great thing. It is a great way for everybody to purchase, play and enjoy new and old video games that they didn’t have the chance to do to games being overpriced. However, I would be lying if I said that there are no downsides to The Black Friday.
You see, we’re only human after all and it is in our nature to wish for cool things and to want to own everything we considered to be a cool thing. I bet my life that there is no gamer out there who is completely satisfied after he purchases a game and feels like there’s absolutely no need to buy another one even though he knows that he’s not going to play both of the games at the same time. I personally used to buy a couple of games on every sale because I thought that I’m going to play them eventually. While this is usually the case, I ended up with a library with over 30 games that I actually never even ran once because, here’s how it goes:
You get the game you want and you have it for life. You are aware of the fact that you have this game and that it’s not going anywhere, you can play it whenever you want. Along the road while playing one of the games you bought you see another game that automatically looks more tempting to you simply because of the fact that you do not own it, yet…
So you buy another one, adding up to a pile of the games you already own but don’t play. What happens next is that you probably finish the game you start playing some time ago and instead of playing the games you bought together with it, you will probably option for the latest game you purchase because that seems like the best thing to do and you’re probably craving for that game more than for the rest of them simply because it’s newer. At least this is the case for me and some of the people that I know.
This left us with a bunch of games that we haven’t played yet, the time is ticking away and the next sale is approaching so we’re probably going to buy another game that looks like a good deal at that point, even though we already have a lot of games that we really want to play. This keeps going on and on until the next Black Friday kicks in when we realize that our computer could use an upgrade. There is no better time to upgrade a computer that on Black Friday. So naturally, we just cash out a couple of hundred dollars to upgrade our existing system in order for it to run current games as best as possible. Perhaps we’ll even get a next-generation controller or a fence set of headphones or microphone because why not, it’s discounted a lot.
Now we have a new computer and a lot of older games that we can play but the thing is, we wants to see all of that money invested into new hardware puts to some use. And then we eventually look for some brand-new titles that would put our computer to test. This way, all those games purchased on the last sale are slowly sliding into oblivion (speaking of Oblivion, I purchased it like 7 years ago and still haven’t finished it due to an increasing amount of titles in my library that I want to play).
And this is the thing that’s been going on for quite a while yet, not this year! I can proudly say that during this Black Friday I spent less than $50 American dollars overall for computer stuff and video games altogether!
Some of you might think that it’s still a spent $50 but I say it’s a wonderful and a truly surprising thing that I haven’t spent much more during this year’s Black Friday sale considering how it’s been all over the Internet, not just Steam. Now add the amount of awesome games released throughout this year that actually wanted to play and you’ll see that I’ve actually spent the minimum during this year sale. Very proud of myself to tell you the truth 😀
And for the reason stated above I feel proud about not spending too much money and being able to rationally think over it and realize how I don’t really need all those games in my library at this moment, I like to personally congratulate everybody who managed not to spend too much money during this holiday sale. Congratulations to, savor the moment and the feeling because next time you might not be so strong-willed when Lord Gaben and the rest of the crew hit us with their artillery!
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