I've spent way too much over the past year on games, thanks to Steam sales and things like the Humble Indie Bundle. It's hard to make an argument that I'm somehow saving money when I'm spending more than I would have had the sale not enticed me into making a purchase! Oh, well. I've built up enough of a game backlog to last me a couple of years, given the diminished rate at which I play these days. It's too bad that there's only so much time in a day, having too many different hobbies can lead to not doing much in any one of them. I still haven't made any progress reading through Essential Actionscript 3 and doing more Flash programming, like I mean to.
Right now I'm playing through Rome: Total War as the Greeks in a short campaign, something I hadn't intended to do but couldn't resist when I saw it for sale on Steam. I had played a very long campaign as the Brutii Roman faction years ago and hadn't planned on playing Rome again, but I saw it for $7.50 on Steam during the holiday sales and had to grab it, especially since buying it let me get the Empire and Napoleon Total War bundle for $5 off. That right there would be enough gaming goodness to last many months, but combine it with the $10 Civilization 4 pack I bought during the summer sale, and my free time has been in even shorter supply.
Steam sales are cool and all, but I've also been trying to play more Linux native games, and the Humble Indie Bundle sales were good for building up my library. Although both times I had purchased one or more of the bundled games already. For both sales I paid quite a bit more than most people did in order to bring up the average donation by Linux users. Indie games are cool for a bunch of reasons, but cross-platform support is why I buy them. The fact that they're fun games is nice too! :)
Here's the list of games I've bought at one point or another but not yet finished, what people call the Pile of Shame:
Deus Ex: Invisible War
Homeworld + Homeworld 2
Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee and Exoddus
Thief, Thief 2 and Thief 3 (I know I should have finished these years ago!)
Icewind Dale series
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Revenge of the Titans
Mount & Blade
Empire: Total War + Napoleon
STALKER SoC + CoP
It's actually pretty embarrassing to call myself a gamer and have so many uncompleted games in my library. In my defense I can point to all the other stuff I'm doing, but I wish there was more time in a day. 24 hours are just too few!