How to save money

I just had a revelation. Actually, I had this revelation a long time ago but let’s not be pedantic over chronology. It came to me one day as I was sitting at my computer, blurry-eyed from lack of sleep.

The message came to me in a sort of vision-ish way, if you would indulge my theatrics for a moment. It said to me in a wispy, ethereal voice as I grinned stupidly at my monitor: “Playing games through the night is so fun.”

That, of course, wasn’t the whole of the message – I haven’t completely bonkered out on my games yet.

The next part of the message came while I was sticking the pointy end into a nasty goblin: “Think how much money you’ve saved staying home gaming.”

There’s the crux of the message. When I find a worthy game, for instance, EverQuest II, I’d rather play it than go shopping. Or clubbing. Or eat a buffet or buy a private jet, and so on.


I have saved hundreds, even thousands, of dollars a month by choosing EQ2 over any number of popular entertainment choices. My bank statements accounting for those months during which I was not subscribed to EQ2 are solid proof.

Here’s a survey: If you had a kid, would you rather he be attached to an online game at home where you can watch him, or would you rather he go out and “get a life”, where he could potentially drink/smoke/spend all your money away?

Okay, I kind of lied about the revelation part. There wasn’t really a wispy, ethereal voice. It was all me. Sorry.


This column was probably first published in Stuff Magazine, June 2010.


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4 thoughts on “How to save money

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    online games are cheap entertainment… like my fren b4 he started WoW, he was boozing off thousand dollars weekly.. now its just USD14.99 per month

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    I didn’t realized you are back into EQ2! :D How’s that going btw? I thought it was almost dead. Still waiting on SW:TOR, as do many people… I believe it will bring back the massive resurrection of MMO again like back in the SWG/early-EQ2 time.

    I realized now that I don’t play any MMO, I’m actually more busy outside spending money. Though it is more “social” humanly, a lot of the money goes to eating drinking. The last time I was in WoW, yup, just USD15 per month.

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