Ya know what? I'm an idiot. Sometimes I forget that I am a bit older, and at a different time in my life, than probably most people on here. I think back just 10 years and I know I was spending a bit of money on things that I wouldn't even consider doing nowadays. I think back 15 years and MAN was I ever dropping cash on silly things, not even thinking about the future. Things like marriage, children, a home, medical bills, and a ton of other priorities, tend to make you re-think where the money goes. Spending $500 on a plumber to re-build your shower is a bit more important than buying video games and associated merchandise.
The point is that I apologize. I did it, too. I still do it on rare occasions, but it goes to my garden over games. Carry on.
I couldn't agree more actually.
I'm not exactly "old" yet, but by no means young either. The responsibilities of adulthood seem to creep in, whether we like it or not and supporting an exorbitant gaming habbit has to be a calculated move and priority the older you get it seems...
I am a home owner, in business for myself as a professional artist. I have a host of health problems that cost me a fortune as well. My house is well maintained, I make sure to continue to grow and expand my business and then I tend to my health. But once those bases are covered any extra I've got goes into gaming and j-pop culture. I have planned gaming into my life agenda so to speak. There was a point in time when I completely abandoned being a gaming and j-pop enthusiast in pursuit of companionship and other things I deemed important at the time. I eventually came to realize that I'm happier entertaining my sick gaming obsession and it proves far more condusive to being creative and allocating ample energy to my career than anything else.
In all honesty, beyond my career, home and health I couldn't imagine squeezing in anything else other than gaming. So I certainly see where you are coming from Grim... If I did choose to incorporate "family" and "garden" in my life, NISA's next limited edition lunch-box set and guide book would have to take a backseat.
Whats the moral of the story? I think it is completely irrational to spend what I do on gaming. Thing is I know what I like. And I am happy sacrificing other things to methodically plan the incorporation of my hobby. I venture to guess I am not the only adult who prioritizes there life in a similar fashion.
Case and point (to summarize). My shoes are 5 years old and the Sephiroth statue in my living room literally cost as much as the vehicle I drive. However, I did not buy that statue until my bills were paid and I was booked well in advance for tattoo work to keep me fed whilst maintaining the monthly bill I incur as a result of health. That way I can look happily at that statue every day without regret. This is where priorities come in.... and yes as an adult I know mine are screwed up.