The Three Stages of Gaming [ COMIC ]

Are these really the three stages of gaming? I have three completely different stages myself.

Stage 1: I get a new video game.
Stage 2: I play it occasionally for a week or two.
Stage 3: I put the game on the shelf and look at it occasionally for the next year or two.

So which stages of gaming are you in or does your cycle more closely resemble mine?


  • Duncan

    1. Buy game
    2. Play it for next few weeks or until complete.
    3. Look at in my Steam Library every few months / years.
    3 – Alternate. If I didn’t like the game put into a folder on my Steam Library that I’ll never open unless I’m putting another game in there.

  • Dash12345678

    I think I’ve somehow started to find my way into a completely different stage of gaming, one that may actually begin paying for my Steam account from now on. Mann Versus Machine in Valve’s own Team Fortress 2 has some pretty worthwhile rewards now, regardless of whether they’re worthwhile to have you can net a profit from just selling them. I bought enough tickets for just 2 tours and am just starting up my 6th. My most recent find seems to be selling for about $70, so I’m starting to actually turn a real profit, from just about $8 (it helps that I find the game-mode so enjoyable).

    I’m not sure if I should feel proud or embarrassed about this.

  • Annales

    I hate being a grown up.

  • Stage 1 (kid): Get a game as a gift, play it until you did everything, since the next game comes around on your next birthday/christmas

    Stage 2 (at the college): Get every possible game you find on that server before it’s shut down, play every game you downloaded, fail your exams.

    Stage 3 (adult): a) Buy game physically, place it on the shelf still wrapped b) Buy game digitally, don’t download it, since you have neither time nor space to install and play it.