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Old Yesterday, 11:41 AM
Empfmil Empfmil is offline
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Default Dear God, how do I force myself to play the games that I buy?

You all know about it and you are probably all doing it, buying more games than you have time to play. New and shiny releases and sales are too tempting, I know. So how can I (we) figure out a way to actually force ourselves to play more of the games that we buy? I don't have a good answer to that, so thats why I'm asking for any pro tips to solve this particular problem.

The only good way I've found to actually play some more games is when I visit mom or dad who lives a bit out on the countryside where the internet connection is shite and there is not much to do except taking the dogs for a walk. So I end up spending the evenings playing more ios games than usual.

Sometimes when I have a few games on my phone I feel unsure about I will say to myself that I will try them all for at least 5-10 min, and the ones that don't still interest me after that time, I will delete and completely forget about.

So, what's the cure for this disease then? How can I more easily get over the hump of actually playing the games that I buy? Leave suggestions and witty comments at your leisure.
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Old Yesterday, 12:07 PM
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Just play 'em god damnit!

No seriously, I put all new games on a page and all games I'm currently playing on another page. Then, I have a page with all my game directories labeled by genre, that everything gets moved to eventually. Works pretty well for me although sometimes I just stare at them all, trying to decide what to play next.
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Old Yesterday, 12:18 PM
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In the end I just add almost all games I want to my Appshopper wishlist.. I try to buy only 1 or 2 at a time and then play until I'm finished or until it gets too frustrating. Then I just move on to the next game on my wishlist. If something happens to be on sale, then that's great. If not, its fine too. I don't get hung up on 100% finishing games though since like you mentioned, there's always new stuff coming out.

As a side benefit using this method for me...sometimes after a week or two I'll remove games from my wishlist that I added mostly due to hype. This really helped control my purchases. I also find if I buy games that's on a sale, I tend to finish these less (cause I think I'm "wasting" less money)! lol...
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Old Yesterday, 01:10 PM
Vovin Vovin is offline
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There is a social group called "Anonymous Appoholics" in the tA social groups section.
I assume that hundreds, if not thousands of tA users share your problem. Including me.
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Old Yesterday, 02:46 PM
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Somedg: sounds like a good tip thanks

Vov: i can't find the group through the TA app? Please help?
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Old Yesterday, 07:47 PM
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I suffer from this too and I'm starting to find that I was putting loads of games on my device at once because A: i can and B: it seems like a waste not to fill it, but I just ended up treading water. So I started to make a "purchased" list and began focusing on one Main game at a time whilst having one or two pick up n play titles on at the same time and I have ended up ticking off so many titles from that list in the past year. Good luck with it dude
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Old Yesterday, 09:12 PM
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Do the games you play add value to your life?

While it's hard to stop acquiring games that drop to free or go on sale, keeping in mind that your time is valuable and is the trade off worth it, might help you to decide which games to download in the first place, which games to keep, which games to play more of and which games to play less of and ultimately delete. I struggle with this constantly.

Anyone reading this might want to do a google search for "the minimalists" and read a pretty cool blog (not mine) about how to implement minimalism into their lives in order to simplify life and spend time doing things that you love with people you love as opposed to spending time acquiring things (iOS games) which only temporarily fills your life with happiness.
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Old Today, 02:46 AM
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Do the games you play add value to your life?

While it's hard to stop acquiring games that drop to free or go on sale, keeping in mind that your time is valuable and is the trade off worth it, might help you to decide which games to download in the first place, which games to keep, which games to play more of and which games to play less of and ultimately delete. I struggle with this constantly.

Anyone reading this might want to do a google search for "the minimalists" and read a pretty cool blog (not mine) about how to implement minimalism into their lives in order to simplify life and spend time doing things that you love with people you love as opposed to spending time acquiring things (iOS games) which only temporarily fills your life with happiness.
I love this. I recently started getting rid of games on my PS3 and my iPhone. I'm trying to clear them out and have a core few. Having so many games made me feel like I had to get to them all eventually.
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