E3 is consumerism at its very best (and very worst).

As Lucius wrote a couple of days ago, E3 2014 gave everyone something to be excited about.  Nintendo came out fighting and exploded the internet in the process, while Sony and Microsoft justified their record breaking sales figures for the new-ish Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles respectively by announcing plenty of amazing and groundbreaking software appearing on their platforms in the coming two years.  If E3 is one big sales pitch it well and truly succeeded, and I can only imagine the triggers being pulled on pre-orders for games being released in the distant future by itchy-fingers.

Exclusive to EB Games for the low-low price of $219.99.

Exclusive to EB Games for the low-low price of $219.99.

Even I got in on the action, preordering the admittedly amazing looking Witcher 3 Collector’s edition, which will sit proudly alongside my dusty (by also admittedly amazing) Witcher 2 Collector’s edition.  A waste of money?  Absolutely.  But that’s what happens when you’re high on E3 adrenaline, and if I weren’t more disciplined I could’ve probably spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars based purely on teaser trailers and short snippets of gameplay footage.

And in previous years I may have done that.  I may have pre-ordered more games than I could possibly play.  I may have pre-ordered games I felt compelled to play.  I may have even pre-ordered games that I knew I was never going to play.  It was consumerism at its worst and it got me into a situation where I have shelves overflowing into plastic containers full of games I will likely never get around to playing.  Luckily, those days are over.

Sadly, this is only a small part of a bigger problem.

Sadly, this is only a small part of a bigger problem.

 

You see, I recently got engaged and have a wedding to pay for – something I am incredibly, incredibly excited about.  I want that memorable day to remember for the rest of my life, but that costs money.  While I knew it wasn’t going to be cheap, I wasn’t prepared for just how expensive it was going to be, as I watch future income flash before my eyes.  Let’s just say every dollar not spent on subsisting will be going into a well-secured bank account located deep within a dank dark vault and guarded by a very, very angry cerberus.  Basically I need to tighten my belt and put my serious saving hat on.

That leaves very little money for buying games for the foreseeable future and so what I do buy has to have legs.  I need to get fully invested in these games enough to want to spend months and months at a time with them.  I need more games to join the ranks as the Pro Evolution Soccer series and NHL series as perennial favourites.  As someone that doesn’t play multiplayer games, that’s harder than it sounds.

But i’m actually excited about changing my gaming habits.  E3 is the very embodiment of the increasing consumerist behaviour plaguing western society, something it feeds on as it tells you what to think, what to play, and how to play it.  It is one big advertisement wrapped up in a big and bombastic spectacle.  And I’m now impervious to it.  I just need to find the game that will continue keep my eyes away from the new release section of my nearest retailer.  Suggestions welcome.

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2 responses to “E3 is consumerism at its very best (and very worst).

  1. lewispackwood

    Congratulations again on your engagement!

    Ah, the excitement of E3, quickly followed by the regret of an empty wallet. I wouldn’t worry too much about not having anything to play though, judging by the tidy amount of games you’ve got tucked away here: https://amostagreeablepastime.wordpress.com/the-mantelpiece/.

    I’m afraid I don’t have anything as impressive as your gaming set-up in my humble quarters – after moving 8 times in 10 years I got a bit fed up of carting games and consoles from one house to another, so now I only keep the games I’m currently playing (or have yet to play). But now I covet a companion cube.

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    • Thanks! After 12 years it was certainly about time!

      I will admit I am starting to regret having accumulated so much over the years. There are games hidden everywhere in the house to the point where they are almost in every single room. It’d be good if I had the time (or will in a lot of cases) to play them, but sadly that’s not the case.

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