In response to "A Penny Saved is a Dollar Spent" from The Escapist Forum: Good Old Games' "2 For 1" sale recently dug into my pockets rather deeply... for 8 titles, totalling about $25CAD. Even if I don't play some, I've still gotten my money's worth out of the Earthworm Jim and Fallout soundtracks (now ripped to my Zune, with their blessing no less) and somehow I doubt that Freespace and Fallout Tactics will go unplayed for long.
I'd have to agree that bargain titles do drift into "impulse buy" territory and make folks like me more likely to buy on whim. However, that's not going to eat into my "first run" game purchasing... simply because I buy so few, and those are planned well in advance and even budgeted for. Discount titles come out of my "incidentals" money... and it's hard to argue that it's better to spend $5-10 on beer or take-out instead of a game.
While I generally do go for the highly rated games right just weeks after the release date, I find it hard to resist to Steam's sale offers too. Take the 2K huge game pack, for example. It's twenty games for about €50. The thought that I should check see which games in the pack would be worth purchasing by itself was quickly pushed away by twenty games for €50!!! As it turned out, I played three of the twenty and I actually don't have much desire to play the other ones.
Although I do buy the games I know I'm going to like before they lower in price, I don't have loads of money to spend. To keep the bank account from running low, I use a very profitable alternative to bargain bin hunting: Currency crunching! Being located in the Netherlands, I can purchase goods online (specifically downloadable ones) in at least three different currencies with relative ease: Euros, GB Pounds and US Dollars. A year or so ago, dollar rates were exceptionally low, and European tourists took this opportunity to go on massive shopping sprees in New York. During that time I bought the Orange Box on Steam, which still charged Europeans in dollars, three months early and €10 cheaper than local retail. Nowadays the GBP is at a comfortable position in respect to the Euro, and I can get my games up to €20 cheaper at sites like Amazon UK or Direct2Drive UK.
So here's a tip for those in advantageous economic regions: Pick your currencies wisely, because a Pound spent is a Euro saved.
In response to "Hooverville ... Now Loading" from The Escapist Forum: We have a saying in the Netherlands;
"Als het niet gaat zoals het moet, dan moet het maar zoals het gaat"
Roughly translated to something like;
"If things don't work the way they're supposed to, then they're supposed to work the way they do."
That's pretty much what popped into my head while reading the second half.
Beside that, my hat's off to you, awesome style.
Even though things make a turn for the silly every now and then, there's some very valid points about getting the most out of your games in there.
I don't know what's worse. The fact that I narrated this entire article in my head in a 1930s New York snake-oil salesman's voice, or that I UNDERSTOOD EVERY LAST REFERENCE.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to kick my feet up, turn up the old Victrola and let George and Ira Gershwin bring me those sweet soft melodies.