Patient Gaming is a philosophy wherein gamers wait a significant amount of time before buying and playing newly released video games. While this might sound like a bore, there are plenty of reasons why you should hold off on buying that latest big ...
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Patient Gaming is a philosophy wherein gamers wait a significant amount of time before buying and playing newly released video games. While this might sound like a bore, there are plenty of reasons why you should hold off on buying that latest big release.
First, you'll save money. You'll save a lot of money. Steam has long been hailed for its impressive seasonal sales, and lately other sites such as Humble Bundle and GOG have started to mirror their incredible discounts. By simply waiting until the next major sale, there's a good chance you'll find that flashy AAA title you've been eyeing on sale for at least 15% off. But it's gamers with even more patience who will see the steepest discounts. For instance, if you waited to buy DOOM (2016) during last year's Steam Summer Sale, you could have picked up 2016's hottest blockbuster for just $15.
You'll also save money by making fewer purchases that you regret. Plenty of games seem incredible before launch, but simply fall flat after release. There's nothing worse than pre-ordering a game and being disappointed. I experienced this with Brink, and many others also learned this the hard way after No Man's Sky's initial flop. For patient gamers, reviews and public consensus would have steered them away from these games (at least at the initial $60 price tag), but those who pre-ordered were left with dismay. There's also a chance that less-than-satisfactory games receive updates that make them much more enjoyable, such as bugfixes or content add-ons, that day-one purchasers would have had to wait for.
By letting these early purchasers do your curating, you'll also save plenty of time by having a better understanding of which games are worth playing. For people who enjoy gaming but don't have much time to do it, this is a great way to make the most of their screen time.
The final benefit of Patient Gaming that I'd like to highlight, particularly for PC players, is that you need a much less expensive gaming rig to run games that came out as recently as just a few years ago. Games are generally created considering the hardware available at the time of their release, and this hardware drops in price as newer, more powerful hardware is released.
To illustrate this, Dishonored, one of the most gripping and innovative games of 2012, recommends an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 graphics card for optimal performance. This card can now be found for under $50 on eBay, or you could pick up a new
You'll be feeling this excited after scoring a great deal on last year's top games. (Photo by Philip Sowels/Future Publishing via Getty Images)
GTX 1030, the cheapest of NVIDIA's latest 10 series, for about $100. On the other hand, Dishonored 2 (released in 2016) recommends a GTX 1060 6GB, which starts around $300. For people who don't mind waiting a few years to play blockbuster games, the savings on both hardware and the cost of the games themselves are incredible.
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