Making The Tough Decisions

Recently I have had one hell of a cold. It has been nagging me for weeks. However that wasn’t the biggest problem that has been plaguing me. As we as gamers all know, Fall is the best and worst time to be a gamer. Game releases come fast and furious. It’s hard to not only choose what games to buy, but what games to play in general.

This pre-Christmas season has been no stranger to pretty HUGE releases. Just off the top of my head there has been Fallout: New Vegas, Halo: Reach, Fable 3, Gran Turismo 5, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, COD: Black Ops, and WoW Cataclysm. That is by no means all the games out recently, which only lends itself to my point; How do you choose?

Standing in front of my bookshelf of games I often find myself staring for several minuets trying to decide what to play first. It’s like trying to choose between your favorite child. You like them all, you don’t want to neglect one for the other, but you know at some point you must choose. I have been slowly accruing what I have dubbed my “Pile of Shame”. On it sit games that are great in their own right, but I have neglected to play AT ALL. This is, of course, a problem that is only exacerbated with owning all the major systems on the market. Seeing as how I personally am platform neutral, I never really have a preference to which system gets my love, thus making it all the harder to choose.

I sometimes envy the people that ONLY play PS3 or 360 games. At least they have a much more narrow view of the gaming market. I mean what could be easier than not having the option, right?

I guess the moral of this story is to wait things out, finish one game at a time and be content. Sure, that’s great in theory but doesn’t take into account games that are multiplayer centered. Should you wait to long, you may miss out on experiencing the game to the fullest. Aaaaah!

So how do you choose? Standing in front of a stack of games, what’s your method of picking what you will spend your time with?

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  • I face your dilemma regularly. Even more compounded by the fact I am a father with a wife who hates gaming and routinely finds things for me to do when I switch on a console.

    The only advice I can off is to save up some of your annual leave and spend it during this crazy gaming season…