Over a hundred games on Steam. 50 or so on the PS store. A handful of physical games for every console. That was my backlog, things I hadn’t touched or had strayed away from for some reason. Especially with the advent of digital downloads and ridiculous sales, almost all of us have numbers like this of games we own but have not finished or even started.
A month after tallying my personal numbers, I’m down to 10. 10 games I own that I actually want to finish, including what I just bought in the Steam Sale.
How did I manage this? I was brutally honest with myself. I divorced this pile of games from obligation to finish them because I spent money on them. I didn’t think about the True Gamer obligation to complete some classic monstrosities in length I own like Xenogears or Final Fantasy Tactics. My own need to complete everything had been long-deadened by the sheer amount of backlog games I was looking at. I thought about what I would LOVE to play.
I started with 30 or so games. Played them until I felt like I’d seen what there was to them or done what I could. Some grabbed me all the way, some didn’t at all. Some I parted with sadly, maybe to come back to in some future vacuum of time. With every game, it became easier and easier to say “I don’t need to finish this. I’m personally done with it.” I looked at the list and thought, what would I LOVE to play right now? Forget what I feel like I should play or what I feel guilty for not playing. In my heart of hearts, what from this list do I actually want?
My original goal, by the way, was to become kind of a free agent–to be able to actually take all the recommendations people throw at me and follow up on them. I’ve felt a lot better about looking at my games since doing this, and I want to recommend it to every one of you. Seriously, it’s a lot more fun to play games that actually make you smile than guilt-tripping through the backlog to say you did. We only have so much time in life.
So does anyone else have interesting strategies or stories? Does anyone feel unable to honestly put down games and say that you’re personally done?