It’s interesting to observe how my attitudes have shifted in relation to massive Steam sales, lately. At first, I snapped up titles like a hungry alligator.
But, as I’ve accumulated a huge backlog of unplayed titles, I’ve found that very backlog to be a disincentive to taking advantage of new sales. Why buy more games when I’ve still got 30 other titles waiting for me to find the time to play them? Why spend money just to make that a backlog of 35 titles?
(It’s honestly probably a lot more than 35, I’m just too lazy to count right now. And I’d have to go through my GoG, Humble and GamersGate accounts too.)
We’ve reached the point where my ability to get through games is vastly outpaced by the rate at which I can affordably purchase them, and this counters, to some degree, that sense of pressure, of not wanting to miss out on a deal, that these time-limited sales usually generate.
Interesting to think about, how those past sales served to incentivize purchasing when they occured, but now, later on, they act as a disincentive to current purchases. The sale came at a price, for future sales. Is it a case of the present stealing from the future?
I doubt Valve are noticing any real drop-off in purchases during their sales, so it’s probably not a very strong effect. Or, at least, probably not strongly felt by many gamers. Still, I do wonder, will there eventually be a drop-off?
What do you guys think? Do you feel any disincentive from having a huge backlog of unplayed titles?