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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Frugal or Stingy >> Are There Gaming Equivalents?

With Trish out of town all week on a business trip, I've been spending 2+ hours each day driving, since I have to drop Benjamin off at daycare before work (which, of course, is in the opposite direction of work). I've been churning through a lot of music, and actually listening to some talk radio -- a completely new experience for me.

Today, I was listening to "the Big 550" here in St. Louis, whatever the heck that is. But I caught their early morning show right during an interesting discussion. The panel was talking about the difference between Frugal and Stingy. Being Frugal tends to be seen as a Virtue, while being Stingy is viewed as a Vice.

When you use your coupon for buy-one-get-one-free at the local restaurant, you're just being Frugal. But when you're basing your tip on the discounted price, you're being Stingy. A lot of the discussion was pseudo-humorous, but had some interesting undercurrents which I thought were accurate. Frugal is looking out for yourself, while also taking into account others. Stingy is being an asshole about it.

And as is usually the case whenever I start thinking about, well... ANYTHING, I started thinking about game applications. If there was a game etiquette or conduct equivalent to Frugal versus Stingy.

I tried to come up with witty things like "Frugal is when you drop out of the bidding early to conserve cash in an auction. Stingy is refusing to pay the going price, while complaining about everyone else driving the price up." but as you can see. Erm, it didn't work out so well.

Perhaps a better analogy for gaming would be Conservative versus Obsessively Cautious?

What do you think? Got any good Frugal vs. Stingy comparisons to make for gaming? Or a better analogy than what I slapped together?


  • Frugal is waiting for a used copy on E-bay. Stingy is making your own.

    By Blogger Coldfoot, at 5:53 PM  

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    By Blogger DStephens, at 7:35 AM  

  • Frugal would be to horn in on an opponets large city in Carcassonne. Stingy would be to horn in using your Uber Meeple.

    Also, 97.1 fm talk has pretty good morning and afternoon drive time shows.

    By Blogger DStephens, at 7:41 AM  

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