Day 16: Catching Up

Been pushing through my Tivo this week, as well as watched a few videos I had rented on iTunes like 3 weeks ago. It’s nice to clear the shelves a bit, so to speak.

Got caught up on:

  • Chicago Fire
  • Chicago Med
  • Scream Queens
  • Nashville
  • Survivor

Watched:

  • San Andreas
  • Barely Lethal
  • Final Girls

I’m also totally geeking out on season 3 of How to Minecraft, a YouTube series I’ve been following for awhile now. I just discovered last night that season 3 was already underway, 10 days deep. I know what I’ll be doing this weekend!

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This week as well was the release of Sims 4: Get Together, which I had already preordered. I’ve played it a few hours already. So far, so good. I like the new social club feature. Just in general too, it added the ability to have group outings, with or without clubs, so I had townie Sims texting me to come hang out, go to their birthday parties, etc. Makes the game feel a lot more alive!

Also, I broke out my Minecraft again yesterday, after having not played it for quite a while (well, about a month). That’s one game I have a hard time getting tired of! My favorite part is starting a new world. Not sure why – the fun of adventuring around, discovering things, and building up a new base is just super fun to me.

Day 11 – Weekends Are Brutal On The Pocketbook

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I may have purchased a bunch of video games yesterday.

Like a lot of them.

To be fair, most of them were re-buys of PS3 games on the PS4, since I’m trying to pull over games I want to play all onto the same system.

Then there were the ones that I just wanted to buy.

I have a problem, I know!


So what did I buy? Glad you asked. 🙂

Walking Dead – seasons 1 and 2
I already owned season 1 on PS3, but couldn’t bring myself to finish it knowing that all future seasons would also need to be purchased on the same system in order to continue the storyline. Might as well start over on the newest platform.

Tomb Raider
I already owned on PS3, but haven’t gotten very far. The sequel will be on PS4 anyway, so might as well own both on the PS4.

The Last of Us
Again I already own on PS3, but haven’t gotten very far. I figured I’d probably need to start over anyway to remember what happened so starting over on the PS4 would be way more fun.

Life is Strange season 1
I do own this as well on PS3, but with the second season coming out soon, I decided I’d rather collect them on the newest console. I’ve only played episode one on the PS3, so starting over won’t be a big deal.

Beyond Two Souls
I’ve actually beat this one (one of the few games I have finished on PS3), but was very intrigued by the updated feature in the PS4 version to be able to play chronologically. If you haven’t already played this, definitely play the director’s order first, but once you’re done, I think it would be worth a try playing through chronologically. I’ll let you know how it goes for me.


And then there were the games I didn’t already own but were on some sort of sale and I’ve heard good things about them so…. yeah…. I’m totally failing my video-game-buying fast, aren’t i?

  • Little Big Planet (Because I keep hearing cool things about this series. I’ve never played any of them before).
  • Thief (Because I played the demo and found it really interesting).
  • Game of Thrones season 1 (Because it’s Game of Thrones. What other reason do I need really?)
  • Infamous Second Son (Because I own Infamous First Light already – haven’t played either one yet, but they both look really interesting).
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (Because…. cuteness).

To make things better, I listed about 15 games on eBay, including a crap ton of old Assassins Creed games that I bought and never got around to playing. I love the newest rendition in this series, but everyone who grew up playing them says this one is the best, so I’m not sure playing them retroactively would really be the best use of my time. I’m sure if I had played them when they first came out, I would’ve loved them, but going back now to older technology would probably just be really frustrating.

Day 7 – Moving Plans

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Wow, so much has happened since I last blogged! I had been tentatively planning to move to Albuquerque in few months, mainly for a better cost of living (we’re living in Los Angeles now). I’m a web designer for a marketing firm, so figured working remotely would work really well. Albuquerque rents and a Los Angeles salary are a good combination!

However, I found out on Monday from the H.R. Department that working remotely will not be an option, so that put a kink in my plans. My parents and I have been sharing a place here, and they still plan on moving. Without them covering half the rent, I’ll need to re-think my housing options. It’s so weird here, for the cost of one “cheap” apartment in L.A., you could rent two or three apartments in most other places in the country. I don’t know how anyone affords to live here. It’s a little nuts.

Long story short, I’m aiming to be in a new place by end of January! I likely will need to either find a roommate (last case scenario) or relocate to a cheaper suburb (with hopefully not too much crime). I’m sure you’ll hear more about it as this unfolds!


Speaking of video games…

I kind of already might want to amend my buying-fast rules. (I lasted a week! Woot!!) In looking through the upcoming games list, I just don’t know how I’ll be able to resist some of them.

So…

I think a new set of rules might be called for:

  • It’s allowed to sell a PS3 game and re-buy the same title for PS4.
  • It’s allowed to buy the next in a series IF (and only if) I’ve played everything in that series (provided I already own the other titles) up to that newest title.
  • It’s allowed to buy a brand new game – outside of the above rules – IF (and only if) I finish another one that I already own.

So in other words. If I ever get around to finishing (and by finishing I mean starting) the Uncharted series, then I can get the 4th one this year when it comes out. Same with season 3 of the Telltale Walking Dead game (I’m most of the way through season one right now). Beyond Two Souls has been updated for PS4 to include a chronological version, so if I sell my PS3 copy, I can get that. This also allows for getting all the Sims 4 updates that are sure to come out this year. Hehehe….


What do you think?

Are my new rules cheating? Or are they keeping in the spirit of my goals to play through what I own?

Day 3 – Free Books & Lifetime Movies

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I remember when I was a kid, always wanting to be the last one awake at a slumber party. Not because I thought anything bad would happen, but because I didn’t want to miss out on anything good, even if it was just listening to the other girls gossip about which boy was cute.

I think in a way, my constantly scanning for new books, movies, and games is an adult version of the same concept. I don’t want to miss out on the next exciting story.

Which… I suppose is a little bit weird, considering that stories can be easily consumed after-the-fact.

Although there is definitely something intoxicating about riding the wave as it’s happening. Waiting with everyone else for the next Harry Potter book, or discussing with people between seasons about what Lost really is all about. It’s this collective experience that we experience alone.

If that makes any sense.


In other news, I started browsing the Kindle free books today. Does it count as buying stuff if it’s free?

There are quite a few first-in-series especially, that are just discounted momentarily to get you hooked. Most are not at all popular books, so we’ll see if they’re any good.

It actually kind of reminded me of the days that I didn’t have access to every book in the world (because I grew up in the 80’s before Amazon and Google were a thing). Instead I just picked whichever book looked interesting on the shelves of my small town library. There’s something oddly calming about having so little books to choose from.


I was also browsing my already-purchased iTunes library today and realized I had a bunch of Lifetime movies that I hadn’t watched. I watched one today called Stockholm Pennsylvania, which turned out to be extremely creepy. I’ll probably do a review of it later this week.

Still it was cool to feel like I might as well watch these random tv movies because… why not? I have the time. I don’t need to be watching the newest thing. Plus I already own it.


Is it weird that I feel both calmed by the lack of choice I’m forcing myself into and at the same time slightly afraid I’ll miss something really awesome in the coming months?

Day 2 – Maybe I’ll Just Watch Final Fantasy Cut-Scenes

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I was cataloguing the books, movies, and games I’ve purchased recently. It kind of amazes me how much I’ve collected, just in the last couple months alone. On the one hand, I’m grateful to have a job that finally affords me to buy cool stuff. On the other hand, I wonder sometimes if I’m turning into a hoarder. Not really, but….

It kind of freaks me out a little to think about not acquiring any more for a year. I know that sounds weird. It’s almost like I’ve gone into prison and have to rely solely on what I’ve brought in with me (if prisoners could bring stuff in with them). In a small way, it actually sounds fun. Promising, even. The space and permission to actually relax and take in all the stuff I’ve collected.

Maybe that’s what it’s been about for me. Growing up poor, I was never really able to just buy stuff when it looked good or sounded intriguing. Maybe that’s what I’ve been over-compensating for?

Or maybe I’m just over-thinking this.


Confessions:

I was this close to buying all the current Final Fantasy games today (PS3 and newer). I’ve never played them and the art style has always called to me. Instead, I watched a good hour of gameplay on YouTube and realized I had no patience for Pokemon-style fighting every 10 minutes.

The story however… that is something that intrigues me. The cut scenes were very compelling (at least what I’ve watched so far), and way more interesting than playing through a click-click-choose-this-weapon style of game.

That’s why YouTube is so awesome…. there are actually uploads of entire games’ cut-scenes! Movie-style. While I would never watch that much of a game I intend to play some day, I would totally watch all the cut-scenes of a game I would probably hate the game-play of. So… yeah… add that to my list of cool stuff I get to do this year of no buying stuff.

 

Day 1 – Pangs of Withdrawal

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At the risk of sounding like a spoiled first-worlder, I woke up this morning with the thought of “What did I get myself into?”. Can I really go a whole year without buying any fun stuff? Despite owning tons of titles I have yet to delve into, I seem to be feeling minor withdrawal symptoms.

I’m definitely going to miss the aspect of searching for, discovering, and acquiring new content. I do that a LOT. Like every day. I don’t necessarily buy every day, but I’ve made a sport out of scouring YouTube and gaming podcasts to learn about my next favorite game. I watch the latest movie and television trailers to figure out which upcoming stories are sure to give me a fantastic world to obsess over and feel emotionally connected to. I spend hours on GoodReads reading reviews and studying series and authors to see what might be a fun adventure to delve into next.

I think even though I look forward to actually playing / reading / watching what I’ve already spent hours finding, part of me will miss the hunt. I plan on making lists of items I intend to buy next Thanksgiving. Hopefully by then I’ll be finished with enough of what I own that it’ll actually be a refreshing cornucopia of new stuff, rather than just heaping on more and more that will sit on my to-do pile (which is more what I do now).


What do you say?

What are your coping strategies for dealing with a self-imposed fast of some kind. Do you still “window-shop” the items you can’t partake in, or do you steer well away from them?

Day 0 – Why I Decided To Stop Buying Media

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, which has absolutely nothing to do with anything, except that I’d like to remember that that’s when I decided to start my fast. I was realizing today that I have way too many books, movies, and video games, but have barely finished any of them. (Well okay, I’ve seen 95% of the movies I own, but I rarely re-watch them). It’s like I love the chase, the collecting, the ability to have the option of consuming this media whenever I want it… even if I buy it much faster than I actually consume it.

Hence the fast.

To clarify, I’m not fasting so much from playing, reading, or watching, but from spending. I have a goal to not buy any more consumable media until next Thanksgiving. Notable exceptions that are allowed include going anywhere to participate in a mass consumption (i.e.: spending money to go to a movie theater or a concert), as well as any subscriptions I already have (Netflix, Spotify, etc) or spending any gift cards I might get for a birthday or Christmas. Also I’m not specifically including music on my banned list, since I rarely, if ever, purchase it (thank you, Spotify). Excluded from this also is anything I’ve already pre-ordered (I’m looking at you, Sims 4: Get Together).

Oh… and digital definitely counts as something I’m not allowed to buy this year. Digital games on Steam or PSN are strictly forbidden, as are Kindle books and iTunes movies (including rentals). I already have enough of any of these categories to last me 12 lifetimes. I plan to use this year instead to finish a bunch of this stuff, instead of buying more.


Goals For This Year:

  • Finish the games I’ve already started but not finished on PS3, PS4, and Steam (more detailed count to come in a later post).
  • Finish the books I’ve already started but not finished, both real or Kindle (more detailed count to come in a later post).
  • Watch any unwatched movies I own.
  • Play and finish at least 3 games that I own but have never started.
  • Start and finish at least 10 books that I own but have never started.
  • Re-watch at least 20 movies that I own.

It’s Your Turn To Talk!
Let’s get the conversation started! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this or similar topics.

I’m curious how other people handle their media consumption and buying habits. Is this something you struggle with? Have you ever imposed a buying ban on yourself? Why or why not? Could you do it if you put your mind to it?