Although I had been playing games since I could remember, I think I officially became a gamer in the summer of 1998 when I used my birthday money at Wal-Mart to buy Resident Evil: The Director's Cut (I was 10, and my mom told the clerk it was ok). It was unlike anything I had ever played, and changed my idea of what a video game could be with it's (at the time) insanely realistic backgrounds, horrifying monsters, and (keep in mind I was only 10) engrossing story.
My favorite franchises include Max Payne, Warioware, Rock Band, Dead Space, Uncharted, Pikmin, Silent Hill, and of course, Resident Evil.
A couple days ago I was browsing Youtube and I came across this:
The gist of the video (for those who don't care to watch) is this Youtuber proposes the New Year's resolution of not buying a single game in 2014 in an attempt to clear out the ever-evasive backlog. My gut reaction was probably the same as many of yours: 'Uh... hm, no'.
The idea stuck with me though, and the more I thought about it, the more I liked it. I am one of the (fortunate?) people of the world who is seemingly never in need of something to play. My backlog is... rather cumbersome, you see. Cool new game coming out? Awesome, gotta have it day one. Oh look, that game is on sale, should probably pick it up. I should totally ask someone to buy me that for my birthday/Christmas. What?! Look what I found in the clearance rack for only $5! It is those thought processes that, over the past ten years or so, have lead me to the rather sizable collection I possess today.
It's hard to ever feel truly good about a purchase anymore when I have a ceiling-high shelf perpetually casting it's nagging glare down upon me. "What about me?!" the scattered neglected seem to cry in unison. Any potential new purchase I hold in my hands seems to whimper: "You're him, aren't you? I heard about you. Please don't do to me what you've done to so many others".
I feel like one of those animal hoarders who fill their home with dozens of cages of malnourished dogs and cats, all starving for attention. I have so much love to give, but not enough time or energy.
My backlog ranges from I'm so close to the end I should just pop it in and finish it already to I got this XX years ago and I haven't even tried it yet. I've always been aware of my backlog, but until I went through my shelf today to make a list of potential candidates I'd like to play, I wasn't really aware of how big it had gotten. Here's the list:
PS1 Heart of Darkness
Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid 3
PS3 Batman: Arkham Asylum
Ghostbusters: The Video Game
3D Dot Game Heroes
God of War 3
Prince of Persia HD Trilogy
Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut
Devil May Cry 4
The Walking Dead
I Will Survive (PSN)
Persona 3 (PS2 Classic)
Psychonauts (PS2 Classic)
PS4 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Playstation Vita Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus
Ultimate Ghost's and Goblins (PSP download)
Xbox Fatal Frame
Xbox 360 Dead Island Riptide
Condemned: Criminal Origins
Child of Eden
Bully: Scholarship Edition
NES Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
SNES Yoshi's Island
N64 Conker's Bad Fur Day
Gamecube The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (on Collector's Edition disc) and Twilight Princess
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
Wii Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2
Super Paper Mario
Metroid Prime Trilogy
Metroid: Other M
Kirby's Epic Yarn
Sin & Punishment: Star Successor
Rhythm Heaven Fever
Little King's Story
Wii U New Super Luigi U
Earthbound (Virtual Console)
Gameboy Advance Castlevania Double Pack
Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga
DS Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
Feel the Magic XX/XY
Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2
Hotel Dusk: Room 215
Kirby Mass Attack
3DS New Super Mario Bros. 2
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd you steal our garbage?!!
The list isn't even my entire backlog (though it is the vast majority of it). It's the game's that I care the most about actually beating, or at the very least, putting some significant time into so I feel like I got my money's worth.
I can't help but feel a little disgusted with myself. How did I get this bad? Have I really spent that much money? It is, to say the least, a bit dis-heartening to look at that list. In the cases of the near-finished games, I feel like I have gotten my money's worth, and it's more my OCD than anything that brings me to wanting to finish them. A lot of the games however are either half-finished or hardly touched.
I have no intention (or hope) of ever 100%-ing my backlog. It is my goal this year, however, to follow though with this resolution of no new games. The end result will hopefully be a freshened state of mind, learning more about what genre's I'm most legitimately interested in, and most importantly, a lack of negative feelings attached with new purchases in 2015 and onward. Also, a bunch of money not being spent this year will be awesome too.
It is my goal with this blog to keep track of my progress while picking away at my backlog while providing short reviews of the games I beat, and maybe provide some insight into why I never played/finished the game originally and how long I've owned it.
Will I be able to follow though and not buy any new games this year? How many of these games can I finish in 2014? Stay tuned and find out!
Side note 1 When thinking about 2014 title's I want, only a couple (Hotline Miami 2, The Evil Within) truly sting to think about not buying right away. Luckily, one of the rules of No Game New Year is games as gifts from others are allowed, so perhaps, if I'm feeling inclined, I can hint to my family about those two titles. ;-)
Side note 2 I don't hold most "classic" (8 to 16 bit) games to the same standard of "beating" as I do modern games. I tend to play them more casually, and if I ever do have the patience and skill to finally beat Castlevania or Ninja Gaiden, that's just a plus. That being said, there are several such games listed above I felt the need to add, because reasons.