Reading And Playing Video Games

Thursday 02 Feb 2017

I was thinking about my many games and wondered how best to get through them; do I just play through them as quickly as I can?; do I play through them and try to complete it as much as I can?; do I play a little and see if it’s worth my time?; do I try to complete them 100%; or when I’ve completed them, do I keep them for multiplayer? I try to complete games as much as I can, however, I don’t know if I’ll have the time to complete every game I play for that long. If I like most of the games, I want to keep them, but I am trying to clean up some space.

Things like clothes are easy to clean out, however, entertainment is another matter for me. I’ve at least worn all the clothes I’ve bought but not played all the games I have got. It seems I been more disciplined in what I buy. I have been thinking of doing Let’s Play’s, I’ve done some with my friends, I’m thinking of doing some on my own too.

Reading

Are You Dave Gorman?

Pages 131 – 145

Dave’s bought a ticket to New York which he can’t afford. It seems he is taking this a little too far, he had the right idea of trying to meet as many namesakes as he could in one trip, so just going out to New York to meet just one is silly. It’s from London to New York, that is a long way.

Prince Of Thorns

Pages 35 – 47

Jorg seems to be commanding his men in a fight, it seems he wants to lay an ambush but it hasn’t got that far yet, so I’ll have to see how it goes then.

Reading And Trying To Be A Minimalist

Wednesday 1 Feb 2017

I managed to get some sleep last night, which is good as you can’t do much when you’re running on a few days of no sleep. I’ve been staring at my shelf of games and books, some of the games I have were bought 5 years ago yet I haven’t played them. I fully planned on playing them at the start and I still do, so why do I not do it? I stare at some thinking “That games looks fun,” why don’t I have the motivation to play it? I should play them but every time I have free time I seem to do other things. I do plan on at least trying them out one day, they take up space so I should plan on playing them soon and maybe selling them.

I really need to clean up some of my stuff and get through all the stuff I bought. I’m trying to be a minimalist, only possessing what I need.

Reading

Are You Dave Gorman?

Pages 109 – 131

I feel the quest is starting to turn to too much of an obsession for Dave and Danny just goes along with it even when it’s clear to Danny that he should at least pace Dave.

Prince Of Thorns

Pages 11 – 35

I’m starting to see a deeper side to Jorg, even if it seems he is reprehensible, he seems to be trying to be intimidating.

A clean up

So, I went through all my clothes and tried on all of them. Some didn’t fit me anymore, so it’s easy to give them to my brothers or the charity shop. The hard part was picking my favourites of the ones that fit. I’m very practical, I don’t care what style of T-shirt I’m wearing; I’ve plain ones, ones with patterns and ones with icons and characters on them. So to make some space I had to get rid of some, they all fit, they’re all comfortable, so which ones do I get rid of? It’s hard when you like them all, so I didn’t get rid of much of the ones that fit, I have made it so I can easily get at my favourite T-shirts, they all fit in my drawer which they didn’t before and it was a mess. I got rid of 6 jeans and now I have 8, I got rid of about 17 socks, why do I have so many socks?

I know some people who only have 3 jeans and 7 T-shirts, they wear them for about 3 days before washing them and then they just wear their favourite ones. I don’t know if I can do that, pick like 10 of my favourite T-shirts and 3 jeans and just wash them every week or so, it makes sense, don’t know if I can do it, though. I’m taking things slowly first, the result is fewer clothes, all ones that didn’t fit, were uncomfortable, or I didn’t like are gone, I can close my drawers easily and pick the ones I like best easily.

When it comes to my entertainment it can be a little tricky. I’d like to use the things I bought before I sell them. So I’ll be trying to go through all my games and such, it’s why I’m doing let’s plays, to motivate me to play them. Same with my podcasts and this blog.

My point is, I’ve sorted out my clothes and did a massive clean of my room. Everything is organised and clean. When I start on my entertainment I will keep the ones I really like. Some of them I know are rare and hard to find, so I’ll be keeping them anyway.

It feels nice to know that when I go to pick out clothes I know the clothes will fit, be comfortable and be something I like. Also that everything is in its place so if I need something I can find it and not have to search ages for a wire or battery or pen.

So far it’s going well.

My new minimalism

I’ve got too many things. My games sit on my shelf at a nice number of 277, and that just physical copies, on my Steam I have 444 games, so I have a total of 721, not including the downloaded ones on my PS4. How many have I played? 263. How many have I completed? 63. That’s right, I have around 721 games, out of those I’ve played 263, out of those 263 I’ve completed 63. Around 64% of my games haven’t been played and around 91% of my games aren’t completed. My books are at around 150. My movies sit at 500. How did my collection get so big? How much money was spent? I have a lot of things which I haven’t used, but I mean to.

My thought process goes one of three ways.

1: I want this thing, but it’s too expensive now, I’ll wait a while. *A few months pass*. Oh, look, it was £50, but now it’s £10, I better get it while it’s still cheap.

2: I want this thing and it’s on sale, better get it now.

3: I want this thing, but it’s too expensive now, I’ll wait a while. *A few forevers pass*. Oh, look, it was £50, but it’s now £1 and it’s been a while, better get it before they run out.

You see my problem. One is that it’s cheap so I should get it, two is that it’s on sale, so it’s cheap so I should get it, and three is that it’s been so long I think they’ll stop making it.

This has happened before, I tried to find a game only for it to be not available anywhere; after last seeing it at £20, I waited a little longer for it to go down in price only for it to become a rare game while waiting. I’ve also wanted a game only for it to be not available anywhere, to then appear again a year later at like £90. Shouldn’t I buy it when it’s cheap? If I wait it might not be available. My thought is usually “Get it while it’s cheap and available”, because if I leave it too long, it’ll be either not available at all or too expensive later. This is a problem as things accumulate. Things pile up and I don’t get rid of them because I still haven’t used them. Am I hoarding? I mean, I don’t want to get rid of them because I still plan to play them, but WILL I actually play them? The question is, should I get rid of some?

Last week I bought 7 new books, and 1 of those “books” was a collection, the Game of Thrones box set. On Amazon Prime day I saw the collect for £22 when I saw it for £65 in Waterstones. It was cheap, how could I say no to that deal? I do mean to read them, but did I need to buy them now? I could have waited, but would I have found them cheaper in a few years? It wasn’t a waste of money, as I’m getting use out of it, I will read them, but when will I read them, though?

My games, I want to play them, but what about the games I’ve played? I can keep the ones I like and sell the ones I have completed but have no plans to go on again, the same with my books and movies… but now, what games DO I want to really play? What games do I know I WILL play on? I wanted to go on some games a few years ago, but do I now? Will I actually get around to playing it? I’ve kept games for up to 7 years, I have an unopened copy of Mass Effect 2 for the Xbox 360, it’s still in  its plastic wrapping that it got from Game when I picked it up in 2010… 6 years ago… not touched… never played… still in its plastic wrappings! My friends didn’t believe it until I showed them it… it’s still got its plastic wrappings! I don’t believe this and I own it.

So, was that game a waste of money? I didn’t play it, I still want to, but now Mass Effect 2 can be bought for about £3, I got it for £40; I can get the Mass Effect Trilogy for £15, so it can be seen as a waste of money, although since I’ve seen things I wanted stop being available or becoming expensive, I tend to get things when they are at a reasonable price, although sometimes like with Mass Effect, I get things when they first come out, I got Uncharted 4 when it first came out, I’ve completed it now, so should I get rid of it?

I’m asking myself, WILL I get around to actually playing a game, reading a book, watching a movie? I want to play this game, but when will I ever get around to it, realistically? When I look at it like that, sometimes I doubt I ever will get to play it. When faced with life, all the things I need to do and want to do more than play that game, I doubt I will ever have the time I need to play it. Have you ever had that? Wanting to play a game, read a book, watch a movie, bought it and then it has just sat in your house and you can’t find the time to use it? Then when you look at it realistically you come to think that you’ll never get around to using it? Do you keep it or get rid of it?

I’m thinking of taking up minimalism, but I won’t be reading a guide or following a plan I found. I’m a type of person who likes to figure things out for themselves. Instructions? Pfft, I’ll assemble this nuclear warhead by myself. Real men don’t need instructions, and I’m a real man… who looks like a twig and squeals at spiders. I like to figure things out myself because it helps me figure out what is right for me, plus it allows me to figure out things I might not learn in a guide. Everyone is different, from how they handle pain and depression, tackle problems, and plan their life. What is good about following a plan that doesn’t suit you? All I know is the basic idea of minimalism is to live with the things you need and live without the things you don’t. Using that basic idea, I’ll build up my own form of minimalism into something that works for me.

This is my minimalism. It’ll start slow but I’ll find what works for me. One thing I already learned about minimalism is that like me saying everyone handles things differently is that everyone has different needs, so you can’t just throw out everything, what one person might throw out because they don’t use it, might be needed by another. This means looking through everything I have and judging if I need it.

My first step is to sort out what I want to keep and what I want to get rid of. My minimalist adventure begins today!