There are hundreds of games in the picture to the right, and that picture does not include my games for NES, SNES, Playstation, Nintendo DS, and other systems. I’m not trying to brag. Quite the opposite really.

I purchase too many games. Collector instinct mandated sequels, games that employ an interesting gameplay mechanic, or games that just look awesome. Fortunately, I work two jobs and can afford this. Unfortunately, I work two jobs and do not have enough time to play.

To remedy this situation, I made a New Year’s Resolution limiting myself to 1 game per month. There are loopholes. Games that cost $5 or less do not count, and games received as gifts do not count.

So far, four of my selected games have arrived. Of those four games, I played through one 2.5 times, played about halfway through another, barely started a third, and one has not been played. Even one game per month is too much.

One obstacle is that I am still playing games from 2011 such as Dark Souls and King of Fighters XIII. I’ve also used the loopholes and bought Hero Academy, Bug Princess 2, and DoDonPachi: Blissful Death for my iPhone, picked up Metal Slug 3 on XBLA, and my wife bought me Ninja Gaiden II. Fortunately, I played all of these games quite a bit.

This experiment is not going how I expected, but I am still making tough decisions, having a lot of fun, and getting more mileage out of my gaming dollars. I’ll be sharing my monthly choices, the decision making process, and impressions of my monthly picks in separate posts throughout the year.

If you had to restrict yourself to one game per month, what would you choose?

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  4. Good lord, I’m not sure I could do it. I’m a big fan of collector’s editions, so I get things when they come out for the things I really care about.
    Granted, my fiance and I collect together, so we’re buying for two. But if I had to restrict myself, it would be to core NIS America releases such as the Atelier games, or to truly unusual titles such as Aksys’ Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom.

    • I don’t have a PS3, so NISA special editions have been out of my reach. The last one I got was for Sakura Wars (PS2) in mid 2010. However, even if those are of utmost importance, NISA doesn’t release multiple SE packages within the same month; the limitation doesn’t really hinder that.

      As for Hakuouki, I bought the Special Edition for my wife as a birthday gift. She really likes it. Better, this saved me from using one of my 12 slots on it, and spares me from admitting that I wanted to try it myself. …oops.

      I’m not feeling the least bit sad about this limitation right now. Quite the opposite, really.

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