Well, I’ve dabbled in Black Friday shopping yet again, but this time before Black Friday even began! To be fair, at less than $45CAD I just had to snag that Dishonored Complete Collection that I’ve been holding out for. My PS4 is downloading it in the background as I write this. The main thing that sustains our hobby is having games to play, and many of us have a problem when it comes to curbing our spending on content. People in general go crazy over Black Friday, and savvy gamers will snatch up any relevant deals that come our way. But, rather than solving our problem of overspending on games and content, deals around this time of year tend to aggravate it.
As a Canadian, I will admit that I love Canadian Black Friday. Yes, the deals aren’t as good as they are in the States, but any savings would most likely be easily canceled out by gas and accommodations for a trip down south, not to mention it’s questionable whether the time it takes would be worth it. Besides, we don’t have crazy mobs murdering one another here. I can stroll up to the biggest mall in my area and hum a tune while casually walking along right into any store and checking out the awesome gaming related deals with minimal lineups for the cash registers.
Actually, I’m usually too lazy to do that, so Cyber Monday’s more my thing. I work all week anyways, so online shopping is so much easier. Shopping PSN is even more convenient, largely because there are no limits on the quantity of “copies” of digital games. I normally prefer physical games but sometimes a digital deal is too good to pass up. It will probably be awhile yet before there’s a physical release of the Dishonored Complete Collection, mostly because it’s regular price right now is beyond full retail price. It will be even longer before it’s at nearly as reasonable a price as I just got it for on PSN.
Sometimes Black Friday can feel like Christmas came early. It also means more temptation to spend, though. Related issues include making backlogs even bigger, and continuing to rely on empty financial gestures and fleeting game experiences to fill a void that consumerism and escapism can only temporarily assuage…but assuage it does, for a time.
Heck, screw respite. By tomorrow I should be able to play through the Dishonored series and I’ve heard that’s pretty lit! Escapism or not, I’m going to have a great time. Perhaps it’s best to just look at the positives. Yeah, I often spend more than I should on Black Friday deals, but it’s a choice I often make, and one I don’t normally regret. I highly doubt I’ll regret my most recent purchase.
Plus, I’ve long since made peace with the fact that I’ll die before I complete every game in my backlog, and I’m a Christian, so I’ve already filled that infinite void I used to turn to games to temporarily fill. Oh, and I don’t live in the States or travel there this time of year, so I’m not in any danger of getting trampled or stabbed. Those of you who do live in the States can just do Cyber Monday, or shop Black Friday online.
I think we should all just agree that Black Friday is awesome, and leave it at that. The deals are great, and sure, they don’t exactly help us ignore our impulses, but if there’s any time of year when it’s ok to spend a little it’s now. So, spend away and enjoy your purchases.
Are you doing any Black Friday shopping this year? Are there any particular deals you have been eyeing. As always, feel free to leave your comments below.