Since all of you were so good last year. I have a “present” for you, TAY. I’ve heard your demands for more spreadsheets and more data. My inbox has been inundated with requests. I appologize if I haven’t gotten back to you. This year, in addition to my normal EXXXpense Report for 2017, I’ve compiled data on every. Single. Game. That. I own. [Break for Applause.] I have line graphs, I have comparisons, and you better believe I’ll be serving up hot n’ fresh pie charts.
I know what you’re thinking. Why did this take so long? Shouldn’t this have been done in January? Well April 1st is the end of the fiscal year. So when you’re dealing with expense reports you—Nah, I’m just kidding.
Seriously though, before I get started I wanted to apologize for the multiple month delay. I have a couple reasons, but most boil down to me being lazy and enjoying video games too much.
I’ll start out with business as usual. First up, is my video game related purchases for the year. Buying a Nintendo console has once again skewed my budget slightly off target, but with that big ticket item aside, I’m really happy with where I ended up for the year.
I was impacted by a couple of changes in policy of how Bing rewards work. This caused me to spend my credit sooner than I probably would have if I were given more freedom. I knew they would eventually tighten the leash and the well would dry up. But, overall, I’m ok with the changes because I’m beginning to find the process more and more tedious.
Last year I decided that I wanted to make progress on the games that I own, so I was committed to spending less money on games. Most of the Xbox games I bought this year were bought out of needing to spend that expiring credit I had mentioned.
With that out of the way, here are my purchases for 2017. OO’s are digital content XX’s are games.
Games with Gold account for 73% my list. I bought 2 physical games this year. One of them, I’ll probably never even play! I bought Front Mission 4 in a fit of nostalgia and lack of other options. Speaking of nostalgia, I was lucky enough to get a SNES Classic preorder. My first preorder was canceled, but I was able to preorder it from a different store later in the year. I had always wanted a Super Nintendo when I was younger, but it was never in the cards. I’m really happy I was able to nab one.
I already own physical copies of Assassins Creed III, Assassins Creed Revelations, and Bayonetta, but I always welcome digital copies. I’ll happily leave my discs safe on the shelf.
My biggest regret of the year is Castlevania SOTN. I’ve heared nothing but good things about it. But I don’t know when I’ll get to it. I simply shouldn’t have bought it.
Even though I wanted to focus on older games, I was able to beat 4 games that I bought this year. Ryse, Sexy Brutale, Mafia III, and Mario Odyssey. Though, Mario isn’t 100% complete.
2017 Totals Card
My total is just a little higher than what I would like. I was aiming for right around $500. But when I consider the new console, and the sheer number of games that I obtained, it’s not a bad price. One thing that immediately jumped out at me is the average spent per game. Less than $6.25 average per game? Even the average MSRP per game is remarkable to me, it’s been steadily dropping. You’ll find a handy comparison a little later.
Totals with Credit Applied
These are my (gigantic) totals with my credits applied. Once again, I get the bulk of my credits from doing Bing searches, and to a much lesser extent, Xbox Rewards both of which still aren’t available in every country. At $102.40, I earned far less credit this year than the last few years. (Not counted is my 2016 balance I came into the year with. I haven’t really decided how I want to count that.) My target is around $120. You can see how it stacks up to previous years in this handy *new* card comparison chart.
This is a better comparison of my cards across the last 4 years. Previously I would just compare the year to the previous year. With more and more data, I wanted something a little bit more, so I slapped this together. The yellow shaded cells are sums that I wanted to double check and that might not apply correctly.
One of the most striking things, once again, was the average MSRP price. I’m surprised it has dropped by over $10 over the last few years. The numbers are affected by Games with Gold and my tightening of the wallet. I suppose that just means GWG offerings have been dropping off. But, the average MSRP price in my radar (Not Shown) seems to reflect a similar trend.
I’d say it was a middling year. I was able to pick up more games in 2017 than any of my previous years, but I earned the least amount of credit. My purchase of Player Unknown’s Battle ground bumped my average spent per game over my 2016 average. I paid full price for 8 games, only in 2014 did I buy more full price games, and that was when I bought an Xbox One.
These are just what stick out to me, do you see anything that stands out to you?
Ok, because you’ve been so patient, here is your treat.
By the beginning of last year, I began to notice that I had acquired a huge amount of Games with Gold, and random free trials. I had created a mess of digital games, borrowed games that I had no access to, and physical games; Some of which were backwards compatible, some weren’t. I had cases with no games in them, and a few games without cases. I had enough. I decided I would compile a list of every Xbox 360 game I own. I went on to make a list of every Xbox One game I own, since I knew the list would be much smaller and could use the same website that I used for the 360. Once I had those two libraries knocked out, and knowing they were the bulk of my collection, I decided I would go all the way and catalog all of my games. After assembled, I realized I had quite a bit of data. I could use this data to compare some things I was curious about, like digital vs physical, basic play status, monthly and yearly breakdowns.
I’ll only be covering totals here. In the interest of space I put the complete list here.
First thing I should get out of the way is the one thing that will be an affront to all you PC gamers. 12 games. I own 12 PC games. I’ve lost activation codes, lost discs, or scratched the discs up. This has caused several games to be lost to time. I have some sketchy copies of older games that are unreliable at best. Even with those, I doubt I would break 20 games. Not having a particularly capable PC for the last several years, I haven’t really gotten into the whole “steam” thing all the kids are talking about this last decade.
2 3DS games is equally embarrassing. I’ll buy more games for it Someday?
I’m surprised at how quickly my Xbox one collection is catching up to my 360 collection.
Digital vs Physical
I was once staunchly opposed to digital games, for all the reasons that you’ve heard a million times before. The tables turned when I was forced to go digital only on Xbox One due to the fallout of their initial trade in policy. I’ve warmed up to the digital shelf; it has a lot of perks. But, I’ll admit, I sometimes miss having cases and the excitement of getting a thing. I don’t miss Game Stop, Wal-Mart and I really dont miss discs getting stuck in the mail.
Games with Gold and Backwards Compatible Games
40% of my collection is from Games with Gold, this bolsters my digital collection as well. When you limit it to just my Xbox collection, it come to 50%!
I’m really impressed by the amount of backwards compatible games. There are a few that I’m holding out hope will join later. When they announced this I never thought 1/2 of my collection would be eligible. With a few exceptions the remaining lot is fairly rag tag. I don’t think I’ll be playing Too Human on my Xbox One. You can see which are and aren’t in the catalog link.
Games by Release Year
I like this graph because I see can see the impact of two different eras in my history. By the time the 360 released, the days of renting were dead. My willingness to trade in games also plummeted by during the 360 era. I once had all kinds of PS2 games, but over the years I would trade them in for new games. Two games for this game, three games for that one, until they were nearly all gone. The final straw was when I traded in 15 games and received $11 cash. Sure they were older games that I would likely never play again, and sure I needed the money, but looking back they had more sentimental value more to me than the $11 they gave me. I spent most of it on lunch. Since then, I decided I would only sell or trade games to friends or actual people, no more businesses.
The graph also shows off is the effect of smaller games had as they were more accessible via Steam, Xbox Arcade, and the Playstation Store. You can see the effect these two moves had on expanding my collection every year since 2005 has been above average.
Game Releases by Month
Here are my month by month charts. With this data you can see that the idea of a summer game drought is a myth. October is always stacked with games, sure, but summer games (plus May) make about 30% of the year. Also, keep in mind this is just me. This isn’t counting all the great games I skip for various reasons.
This graph is just Xbox One games by month; to me it gives further proof that 2010 was the end of the drought. June is average while July and August are both above average.
In fact, this data shows there could very well be a drought in the winter. Which kind of makes sense. Games, much like roses, need sunlight, warmth, and a whole lot of fertilizer to grow. December, January and February are all below average. November does a lot of heavy lifting to make up for it, and I suppose if you give me May I should include November.
Games I own, but never have played, essentially matches the amount of games I’ve finished. I honestly thought the games I didn’t not finish (DNF) would be much larger.
These next two graphs break down my play status of my Xbox consoles.
It’s not surprising that there are more games finished than my Xbox One than on the 360. In the years leading up to the Xbox One release I had resigned myself to finish 360 games. I’m also not surprised that 90% of the games I’ve never played are from Games with Gold.
Well, there you have it. You can see every game that I own. You can see how much I earned in rewards. You can see my play status on each game. You can see what the last 4 years have cost me. Thanks for reading. I can’t wait to see your lists! ;)
As always, if you have any questions, comments, find and mistakes, feel free to leave comments.