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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Preemptive 2015 Steam Summer Sale Goals

Last year's Steam Summer Sale began on June 19 and ran until June 30th. As I write this, it is April 7th, so that leaves me about two months time to actually play some of my games I have purchased over the years on Steam.

I have saved a ton of money on video games by buying through Steam. Regrettably, I haven't played any of those games as much as I would have liked. On my Steam achievements stats page, I have 4 perfect games, and a 38% avg. game completion rate. I have a total of 103 games in my library.

Two months. 103 games. 38% average game completion rate.

I have some work to do.

My immediate goal is to bring that game completion percentage up. How much can I bring it up by the time the Summer Sale rolls around? I don't know. I don't want to set a "it must be at xx.x%" goal because I don't know how to calculate the percentages on Steam, and honestly it'll go up if I just start playing games and unlocking achievements.

But I want it to go up. If I get to the Summer Sale and it hasn't gone up by at least 1%, I don't think I should be allowed to buy a single game from the Summer Sale.

If it somehow is less than 38% by the time the Summer Sale rolls around, I should be banned from buying anything from the Holiday Sale as well.

I have so many great games to play on my Steam library, why haven't I started them? I think subconsciously I'm afraid.

I have this fear that I'm going to start a game, and it's going to take me forever to finish it. It's a reasonable fear, because my life can get really busy and finding the time to play games on any gaming platform I have access to can be difficult.

Yet I'm starting to realize it's not as difficult as I make it seem to be. I can squeeze in at least an hour of gaming EVERY DAY if I REALLY WANTED to. I put that in all caps because honestly there's no excuse not to be trying to do that with the collection of games I haven't played yet.

Also, if I get really into a game, I notice I find the time to play it regardless of what might be going on in my life. I like to make excuses that I don't have time to play games; I have kids, I work a full time job, I like to spend time with my beautiful wife, etc. Valid, important, and reasonable excuses, don't get me wrong, but yet I can still clock in over 600 hours of Pokemon X, train to win a local Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament, record game play footage for a bunch of old school N64 wrestling games, and 200% Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze.

Yup. The guy with the kids 200% Tropical Freeze. "Don't have time to play games" my ass.

I still tell myself, while I browse my Steam wish list and my library, "Oh I'll NEVER have the time." I call bullshit! That's bullshit sir, and you need to stop lying to yourself.

Yeah I don't have the time I once had circa the time in my life before the age of 22. But I still have some time to play games, therefore no excuse not to play the games off my Steam library that have been collecting digital dust while I breed yet another Greninja this time with a timid nature as opposed to modest.

The real problem is focus. I don't focus in on my Steam library like I should. Does that mean I'll neglect my Wii U or 3DS? No. I'm pretty sure I didn't need to add that last 200 hours of Pokemon X game play. If I dedicated that time instead to my Steam library, who knows how high my Steam average game completion rate would be by now? 38.5%?

So I have two months. More than enough time to play some Steam games. More than enough time to properly curate my wish list with things I want to buy during the Summer Sale (if the price is right).

I'm not going to be fearful while I do it. I'm not going to think while I drag and drop my wish list games, "Oh man I'm never going to have time to even play this". I need to stop thinking about how "I'm not" going to have time to play something, and think about how "I WILL" find the time.

So yeah, that's my goal gearing up for the Steam Summer Sale: "Play my Steam games I already own while I wait."

Seems pretty simple when I put it that way.

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