In a recent comment, Naithin mentioned that Krikket recently also talked about getting your money’s worth out of playing games. I headed over to her blog. She is mostly concerned about her impulse purchases and lays down some strict rules for game purchases in the coming year. And apparently, Naithin has also pondered about this more lately.
I’ve got this rule of thumb that before I buy a game, I take a look at the price (as one should, of course!) and estimate whether I’ll be getting an hour of entertainment per Euro spent. This is a very arbitrary rule. Compare the price per hour for a movie in the cinema, for example. But it is easy to memorize and works very well for me. Some games, like city-builders, get around 80 to 100+ hours from me. Theoretically, this means I could spend just as much on them. But quite often, they also do come with lots of paid DLCs. And even if I bought a game at release for its full price, I know I can also buy the DLCs later one, because I’ve spent so much time in the game already. Other games that I only play through once (games heavily relying on story as the Unheard game) do not get as much money from me. But entertainment-wise, I compare them more with a good movie. So in the end, it works out quite well.
Both Krikket and Naithin took a look at their Steam account’s “values” (and playtime). I got curious and took a look at my own.
That’s actually not too bad! Average price per hour is 9.12 € ($ 9.58), but it doesn’t take into account the games that I bought on sale and those I got with bundles. So I did not fail half of the time with my own rule of thumb! But there’s still a lot of games that I bought and then never played. I usually put a game on “favourites” and install it after buying it, so it will be easier to spot in my game list. But even then I forget about games quite easily. I also have a tendency of buying a game “to play later” which is something I really shouldn’t be doing. Who in the world needs close to 600 games, after all?
I like the average playtime, though. Top on my list is still Rift. And there are lots of simulation/management and strategy games. I’m just your typical average German… So overall, I think I can stick with my rule of thumb as long as I don’t forget playing the games after buying them. No more “buying now to play soonish”. This money is well spent somewhere else (or saved).
Apart from my November gaming goals, I was also eyeing Planet Zoo. I knew I would play it immediately and a lot. However, I also know that they’re going to push out a lot of DLC as they did with Planet Coaster and I was certain that once I had the game, I would be tempted to get these as well. Alas, my husband saw me watch some streamers on Twitch play the game and since he gets the 20 % discount from Humble Bundle as a subscriber, he gifted me the game. Well, that is something completely different, of course (let us ignore the fact that it still comes out of our collective money).
I have been progressing in my own gaming goals, however. But if Tropico 6 is better than Tropico 4 is still an open question. If somebody asked me for advice on which one to get, I would definitely go with the safe bet: Tropico 4. It’s a great game and cheaper nowadays. It could be that my warlock in WoW Classic won’t get to level 40 and maybe Guild Wars has to wait as well. I recently also decided to hop back into LotRO with my runekeeper on the live servers (that is, not the progression server). She is level 65, so far away from the content of the expansion that released this week. But this just shows me how much content they released which I’ve never seen so far. My previous main is level 74 and the max level is now 130! So I may not stick to all of my gaming goals, but I am getting lots of game time in the evenings to relax after busy days.
(IntPiPoMo count: 6 in total)