I had a similar thread regarding getting rid of your backlog by simply fully dropping the games you know you honestly aren’t going to start or finish.
I’ve adopted a real mindset of wanting to find experiences I earnestly enjoy, wanting to be in a place where my game queue is clear and I can take recommendations. One of those games I’ve always held off playing COULD be my next favorite! So, if I’m feeling like I’m slogging through one at the moment, I drop it. For example, I dropped Prey 2017 6 hours in immediately once the “Nightmare” mechanic appeared, destroying the one thing that was keeping me interested in the game–calm, steady exploration.
I kind of dislike the “last boss” design and often find myself considering games beaten before that final battle, especially in JRPGs where they are usually the most ridiculous, multi-stage fights testing everything you’ve learned and then some.
So basically I’ve had a Bartleby awakening when it comes to games. Sometimes, I simply prefer not to.