I made a change in my life with the new year 2009 (stopped drinking soda), and that has been a huge success. I've had one soda all year, and that was part of a root beer float at a dairy factory, so it could hardly have been avoided. I've been trying to think of another change for the new year 2010, and I thought about cutting back on junk food or resolving to write more or exercise more, but now I'm thinking why not also/instead cut back spending on games? I've made a real effort to spend less all year, but even so I was at over $600 at last count, and I'm probably closer to $1000, now (and that's not counting this expensive PC). I'll try to figure it up at the end of December.
What I'm thinking of doing is instituting a strict one completion, one purchase policy going forward. I could set it in stone, but then I'd have to bank completions in case there was an awesome bargain on Steam or something else came up. I might allow for exceptions here and there, just in case. Maybe for now I'll try to stick as closely to the letter of the resolution as possible, and we'll see how it goes. I'm going to go ahead and start this now ahead of the new year and see what happens.
I currently really want/plan to buy Dragon Age, Assassin's Creed 2, and Mass Effect 2, among several other lower priority games. ME2 is the only one I have to have day one, though. That means I need to complete and/or wring all I care to out of 1-3 games in the next couple of months. Can I do it? I'm in the middle of Yakuza 2 and Starcraft, and in various states of completion of Far Cry 2, Torchlight, Borderlands, Twilight Princess, Final Fantasy II, Dawn of War II, Oblivion, Fallout, Morrowind, and Titan Quest, and that's just to name a few recent ones! I've also just begun Demon's Souls. Can it be done? We'll see...
Update: Ok, it's obvious that there needs to be some provision here for games under $5 or $10. I just bought KOTOR on Steam for $2.49. There was no way I could pass that up.