Minimized Gaming

Gaming should be fun.  If you have listened to any of the recent episodes of Spoon Deep Gaming you know that I like to buy video games.  I like to buy video games so much that I often buy games and then never play them.  I download the Games with Gold releases every month and let them sit there collecting digital dust.  Gamestop recently had a retro games sale during which I bought 3 games, completed one, started another, and have not touched the third.  Part of me just likes collecting games, but does collecting games actually bring me any happiness?

Yesterday I had over 100 games downloaded on my Xbox One’s hard drive, external hard drive, and second external hard drive.  I have 2.5 TB worth of storage and I found myself with most of it filled.  But when I looked through my 100 plus games, I still could not find anything to play.  I started deleting.  I started deleting games that I no longer played and could not see myself playing in the near future.

I have a lot of favorite games.  It was difficult to remove many of them from my hard drive. But my favorite part about my favorite games is not looking at the box art taking up space in my games list.  My favorite part of my favorite games are the memories I have playing them.  Most of these games I enjoyed but will probably never play again.  Sometimes I had to just be real with myself and ask “am I really going to play this again.”  If the answer was yes I kept it, if the answer was no I said farewell.

In an all digital age it is easy to keep all of your games.  Buy another external hard drive, fill it with games you no longer play and repeat.  I don’t often buy physical games so I can’t trade them in at Gamestop.  However, having so many games was starting to make me feel overwhelmed.  It is difficult to choose which game to play when you are looking at 100 different options.  So I chose to minimize and only keep the games that were important to me and actually make me happy.

I currently have 12 games downloaded on my Xbox One:

  1. BioShock
  2. BioShock: Infinite
  3. Destiny
  4. Destiny 2
  5. Halo the Master Chief Collection
  6. Halo Wars 2
  7. Inside
  8. Minecraft: Xbox One Edition
  9. Resident Evil
  10. Rocksmith 2014: Remastered
  11. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  12. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

I am already thinking of some more games to remove from the list.  It really isn’t about space.  I am not trying to remove games from the external hard drives or make room for other games.  It is a freeing sensation to only have a dozen games to worry about when I turn the Xbox on.  Instead of choosing between hundreds of games that I don’t really care about.  I can choose between games that I want to play.

How many games do you currently have downloaded on your Xbox or Playstation? Is your steam list longer?

3 thoughts on “Minimized Gaming

  1. I did this just yesterday on my PC, uninstalling games I know I won’t play anytime soon, and in one case, a game I want to play but know I shouldn’t. I only left those games I play with you guys and only one to play by myself.

    There’s actually a TED talk on this subject by Dan Gilbert, the surprising science of happiness, I think you’d like. There are serveral TED talks on minimalism, but this one has a particular “paradox of choice” example I thought of reading your post.

    Oh! And my lists…

    Xbox:
    1. Battlefield 1
    2. Destiny
    3. Destiny 2
    4. DOOM
    5. Forza Horizon 3
    6. Halo MCC
    7. Hydro Thunder
    8. Minecraft
    9. Overcooked
    10. Slime Rancher
    11. Titanfall 2
    12. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

    PC:
    1. Skyrim SE
    2. Rocket League
    3. Styx: Shards of Darkness
    4. Heroes of the Storm
    5. Overwatch

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