I was forced into the minus world today. You see, I was sitting at zero game completion tokens, but Fallout 3 Game Of The Year edition went on sale for half price on Steam, and I've been waiting and waiting (and waiting) for this day to add it to my ever-expanding backlog. Paradoxically, even though Steam got my $25 (plus $5 for the Morrowind GOTY edition, as I didn't own Bloodmoon and Tribunal expacs until now), it is I who am declaring victory.
There is a legend that someone once asked three famous leaders of feudal Japan, Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu, what they would do if they were confronted with a bird who would not sing. Oda Nobunaga (he of the ambition) replied that he would kill the bird. Toyotomi replied that he would make the bird want to sing. Tokugawa replied that he would wait, that when the time was right, the bird would sing of its own accord. I went Tokugawa on this one, and Fallout 3 is my song.
What put me at this lack of game completion tokens though is the fact that just a couple of weeks ago Dragon Age and it's expansion were on sale on Impulse, and that just a couple of days ago I put up $15 of my own money to go with a gift card from work and purchased SW:TFU:USE, and a dictionary to help me break down acronyms. I don't think I ever made a provision for going negative, but here you have it. The good news is that I'm in the middle of at least 3 games right now that I am really excited about seeing through to the end, so that whenever the next big gotta-have-it thing rolls around, I should be back in the positive. I'm not going to keep staying in the red unless it's something BIG, like a Dragon Age or Fallout 3 sale--something that doesn't come around a lot, and that I've been waiting for for a long time. At the moment, there's nothing such that springs to mind. Fallout 3 was no.1 with a bullet on my list for a long time.
A quick list of what I've been playing this week: Some more of The Witcher, where I'm still in chapter one, Super Mario Galaxy, where I'm up to about 30 stars collected, Doom on XBLA, just for shits (I found a secret level I'd never been to before), and a little Bad Company 2 multiplayer. I also started SW:TFU last night, just going through the first level where you play as Darth Vader, which was pretty damned cool. Man, original trilogy-era Star Wars is so much better than the prequel-era.