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Need to kick my 4X habit...

#1SinfullyvannilaPosted 9/9/2013 8:02:55 PM
I have a massive backlog of games, but all I ever end up doing is saying **** it and end up playing Civ 5, Civ4Col, endless space or CalCiv 2.

Any suggestions on how to kick it?
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Also, Chess is a game of skill much like all gameplay only video games. So it is pretty mindless if you think about it.-mtjormitch
#2Fade2black001Posted 9/9/2013 8:04:39 PM
Stop spending needles money on games you will never play?
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#3dermoratrakenPosted 9/9/2013 8:07:12 PM
Why not stop buying games that you don't play?
#4Sinfullyvannila(Topic Creator)Posted 9/9/2013 8:10:04 PM
I have a legitimate hoarding issue, been dealing with a lot of crap for the last 2 years When I get distressed I buy a game. It's rarely over $20.

I've been getting better with it. I haven't bought a game in 2 weeks. Learning to play piano and going to the gym to try and kick that habit.

At least it's not booze/drugs/sex though, /shrug.
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Also, Chess is a game of skill much like all gameplay only video games. So it is pretty mindless if you think about it.-mtjormitch
#5SteamsterPosted 9/9/2013 8:13:07 PM
I'd rather waste the money than do something I don't enjoy doing.

But if you really want to get through your backlog or whatever, then f*** emotions/feelings/wants/etc and just do it. It's as simple as it gets, but it'll work.
#6wobbuffet10Posted 9/9/2013 8:14:06 PM
Sinfullyvannila posted...
I have a legitimate hoarding issue, been dealing with a lot of crap for the last 2 years When I get distressed I buy a game. It's rarely over $20.

I've been getting better with it. I haven't bought a game in 2 weeks. Learning to play piano and going to the gym to try and kick that habit.

At least it's not booze/drugs/sex though, /shrug.


Set some sort of goal for yourself. Mine is to not buy another game until next year, with maybe 1 or 2 exceptions. The last game I bought was on July 19th so I've gone close to 2 months without a new one.
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#7NingishzidaPosted 9/9/2013 8:16:26 PM(edited)
Sinfullyvannila posted...
At least it's not booze/drugs/sex though, /shrug.


lol, that's the best way to "waste" money
#8Sinfullyvannila(Topic Creator)Posted 9/9/2013 8:20:40 PM
I'm actually enjoying learning the piano a lot and I'm not averse to working out.
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Also, Chess is a game of skill much like all gameplay only video games. So it is pretty mindless if you think about it.-mtjormitch
#9Sinfullyvannila(Topic Creator)Posted 9/9/2013 8:27:36 PM
wobbuffet10 posted...
Sinfullyvannila posted...
I have a legitimate hoarding issue, been dealing with a lot of crap for the last 2 years When I get distressed I buy a game. It's rarely over $20.

I've been getting better with it. I haven't bought a game in 2 weeks. Learning to play piano and going to the gym to try and kick that habit.

At least it's not booze/drugs/sex though, /shrug.


Set some sort of goal for yourself. Mine is to not buy another game until next year, with maybe 1 or 2 exceptions. The last game I bought was on July 19th so I've gone close to 2 months without a new one.


That's a good suggestion. The only games I've really been thinking about that I "need" until the end of the year are a couple of 3DS games that may get more difficult to find after a while, so I'll probably shut it down after those come out. I think the biggest problem is randomly checking Steam and GoG at work when I'm bored.
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Also, Chess is a game of skill much like all gameplay only video games. So it is pretty mindless if you think about it.-mtjormitch
#10BeknessPosted 9/9/2013 8:33:23 PM
I have the exact same problem. It's really hard to pass them up when they're so cheap. Especially bundles and steam sales. -__-

And a lot of the time I want to play them but I just get distracted and go back to my favourites. I'm replaying a lot of games right now, I really should play the new ones.

Good luck with kicking your habit. And you're right, it could be a LOT worse. At least you can admit you have a problem and you're not hurting anyone. I have this habit as well as booze and a few other really bad habits (not the ones you mentioned, thankfully). It's hard to change.

I've found that when I don't spend my money on games, it ends up a lot worse because I get more physical clutter by buying keyrings and action figures, etc of my favourite games.