Oculin, known in the realm of the living as Benjamin Toy Yoder, is a college student majoring in journalism and professional writing. He likes to pretend to be a vidjya game journalist and, at the very least, has successfully tricked a few people into believing him, landing him gigs at VGChartz, Classic Game Room Empire and TheSpeedGamers.
Digging for gems in unknown or poorly received titles is what Oculin games for. He places a large emphasis on entertainment, rather than just polish. He also has an unhealthy interest in rather strange and creepy Japanese games, like Dream C Club.
Animu, visual novels and mango are also hobbies of Oculin, although he is incredibly picky and very rarely takes recommendations.
In short, Oculin is a weeaboo in denial.
Oculin wrote his first review in 2008 and has been writing video game related content ever since, including reviews, news stories, editorials and more. He started working at Default Prime and TheSpeedGamers (volunteer) as a news blogger and video game reviewer in 2009. He was promoted to editor-in-chief of TheSpeedGamers (volunteer) in 2010, which he finally left in early 2012. Throughout 2011, he worked as a contributor for both Classic Game Room Empire (volunteer) and VGChartz' gamrFeed.
Having a backlog hurts my soul, face and hands. While it's nice knowing that I have a large variety of untapped experiences in my closet or on my hard drive, both now are overflowing with unfinished titles. However part of me still wants to complete everything in my backlog, and through that I've become a little obsessive about managing it.
It's not the biggest collection, but it's unwieldy enough.
There's more elsewhere.
In January of last year, whilst hiding in my sister's apartment from the rest of the world, I started archiving my collection on Backloggery, a website where you can not only record your gaming collection but also your progress in completing it. After nearly a month of sporadic updating between being lazy and being even more lazy, my list was comprehensive enough for me to accurately evaluate the status of my collection. With about a 60% completion rate, I was somewhat sad but fairly satisfied that the edge was in my favor. Unfortunately a wild beast dwells within my wallet and I cannot control what it purchases. Between purchasing new games and adding titles that I had missed in my original count, I had started to lose ground.
Instead of actually beating games, I decided to refine how I categorize games in my collection in hopes to twist things in my favor. I started asking myself questions." How should I categorize multiple copies? Should titles I have with faulty discs count against me? Should I even count MMOs? How do you "beat" Animal Crossing?" It was a mess, but somehow I emerged from it with some general rules. For example a "finished" Animal Crossing is paying off all debt, rather than having a 100% file. These half efforts did little to stave off the growing shame.
I'm now down to about 55% completion, a 5% drop from early last year. I've recently been significantly increasing the rate at which I've completed my games. Despite these efforts, my 2013 breakdown shows a grim future.
What do I need to do to stop this madness? The obvious answer is to throw my wallet down the staircase and stop buying things. As much as I'd love for that to happen, it won't. I've already pre-ordered Project X Zone and Animal Crossing: New Leaf is looking scrumptious.
I shall fight this losing battle against my game collection until the day I die.