Much too much, much too soon

A couple of weeks ago I popped into my local supermarket. It’s become my favourite place to buy games, due to its very close proximity to my house and extremely reasonable prices. I can frequently buy new games at “online” prices after just five minutes walk from my front door.

When I was there, though, I suddenly looked away from the game I had gone there to buy (Resistance 2 on PS3) and looked around at the other titles, most of which I already had. What I saw shocked me…

Look at those prices! They’ve dropped faster than a whore’s drawers!

If you can’t read the picture, the games there are:

Dead Space: £15
Fifa 09: £20
LittleBigPlanet: £25
Midnight Club – Los Angeles: £20
Fallout 3: £20

There were lots more bargains there, too, and although I was at the PS3 shelf, the 360 shelf next door was as equally well stacked with cut-priced gaming goodness. Games that are barely a month old are being knocked out for incredible prices – and this doesn’t seem to be a “credit crunch” thing, it’s been like this for a while.

This had me cursing myself. I’ve paid either £35 or £40 for each of those games that I own. So, why do I repeatedly find myself at the games shelves on launch day, clutching a fistful of tenners, for EVERY game I’m interested in? Why can’t I just leave one single  game I want alone for just a few short weeks until the price drops? I’ve already got mountains of games both finished and unfinished stacked up almost to the ceiling at my house, but I just can’t stop myself.

I don’t even think I’m addicted to games particularly, although I love to spend a lot of time playing them. It seems to be more the thrill of the chase, the excitement and anticipation of getting a new title, that I love. I fear I may be addicted to buying games.

To misquote Homer Simpson: “I admit it! I’m addicted to gameahol!”

“Shopkeep! Give me games, and lots of them!”

So I’ve been thinking I need a plan to change my ways of paying much too much, much too soon for games. The obvious plan is to develop a bit of self control and just not buy these games as soon as possible, but the problem with that plan was in the title. It needs self control. So let’s forget that one and move on to something more… feasible.

Leaving/losing my job would certainly do the trick, but I’m seriously hoping that that won’t happen in these dubious economic times. This leaves only one sensible answer.

I’m going to freeze myself, Walt Disney-style, for a couple of months, to allow a backlog of good games to come out, then defrost myself and go out to buy games at much reduced prices. It’s a plan that can’t fail, at least until I get to the shop and realise that I could buy TWO games for my usual budget and my wallet-sense starts to tingle…

Either way, it’s got to be worth a shot. Once I’ve climbed in, do me a favour and shut the freezer door. Oh, and don’t forget to hang the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the handle. Ta!







11 responses to “Much too much, much too soon”

  1. Darach avatar

    Res Evil 5 looks good. 😀

    When’s that out again?

    Oh, best o’ luck with your spending freeze. 😀

  2. Laura avatar

    I imagined Tony saying “Look at those prices! They’ve dropped faster than a whore’s drawers!” To some passing old biddy pushing a trolley 😀

    But yeah, freezing yourself that’s a great idea. I might do it too, only til Easter tho, wouldn’t want to miss that!

  3. MrCuddleswick avatar

    I’ve asked myself the same question too Tony, especially after Fallout 3 and Left 4 Dead each had over £15 knocked off their price at certain retailers a week after I bought them.

    I bought SFIV over a week ago and only just popped it in the 360 this morning, having vowed to complete Lego Star Wars before moving onto a new game. Why didn’t I just wait to buy SFIV for £7 less online rather than striding into HMV? Search me. I’m a clown.

    I’d try your solution, but as Darach says, Resi 5 is out next week! Maybe after that, eh?

  4. GamerGeekGirl avatar

    Heh, I’m bloody terrible at this too – I still have maybe a dozen completely unplayed (i.e. never been in the disc drive/loaded up) games; and dozens more I’ve only ever played the first level of…


    I guess… I just don’t have enough time to play all the games I want; and I don’t let it stop me buying more games :/

  5. Michael avatar

    For a long time now, I have only played Xbox 360 games on Sundays – recently, it was Dead Space and Fable 2. Finshed both, intended to start Fallout 3 and Far Cry 2. Haven’t got into either but started playing Lost Odyssey again after I don’t know how long and I started Mirror’s Edge last week. The game is just sheer brilliance (once you get the hang of it)! Oh aye, I got slomo disarming Blues (and swinging from bars, which took forever in the tutorial) down! 😀

    I have also yet to play Bad Company and lots of others…

  6. Tony avatar

    Laura: “I imagined Tony saying “Look at those prices! They’ve dropped faster than a whore’s drawers!” To some passing old biddy pushing a trolley :D”

    Scarily enough, that’s almost exactly how it happened!

  7. The Rook avatar
    The Rook

    I can think of only one flaw in your plan Tony. It seems the games we want to drop in price, never do, like someone is informing the retailers these are the games we want so don’t lower the price. They taunt us with their full price tag until we finally succumb to paying for it at £35 – £40 still.

    There are some great deals out there with some games, it just I always have the ones I like already. Any games I’ve missed out on still seem to have the higher price tag.

    Best offer I got on a new game was Primal for PS2. Special edition only £20 on release day at GAME in your were a reward card holder.

    Or maybe, buying my N64 in Woolworths on release day, then taking it back about 2 months later for a full refund adter Nintendo decide to reduce the price by £100. Then going round to GAME and buying a new N64 with Turok, a mermory card and still having £10 to spare.

  8. Del Torro El Sorrow avatar
    Del Torro El Sorrow

    Married with a son, when you should be havin’ fun with meeeeee!

  9. Laura avatar

    LMAO Tony, that’s spooky! 😀

  10.  avatar

    I wonder if that is a Nationwide promotion. Tony, does that supermarket happen to have an owner with J. as his middle initial? 🙂 If so, I’m down there in the next 5 minutes to pick up LBP.

  11. asamink avatar

    My wife works for Tesco (other faceless cut-throat multi-national supermarkets are available) and she got me LBP for £5. Unfortunately that was just a staff offer. Just to rub it in, it is still sitting there unopened!

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