First post to the new blog. I'm planning on tackling my entire ps3/pc/saturn/wii backlog, at least every game I want to play to completion. I'm hoping that writing about my experiences on this blog will keep me motivated enough to stay on task as I move towards erradicating my intimidating backlog. How did I get in this mess, you ask? To answer that question, we must make a tireless journey in the way-back machine through the ebb and flow to a time when things made just a little bit more sense to everyone.
After graduating high school, I become less focused on games and more focused on... well, college stuff. For once, video games took the backseat to classes, work, the fraternity, and the other social endevors that ruled these years. After I graduated college, things got even more hectic. Four years, three jobs, two promotions, and one fiancee later, I find myself with even less time, but what is still a crippling addiction to video games. I still prowl on major gaming websites daily hunting for whatever scrap of hearsay or uninformed speculation that I deem newsworthy, hoping for a glimpse of the next great gaming experience. I find myself getting so amped up for the next "game changer," running out and purchasing it from my practically next-door Gamestop day-one, only to play it for a few hours before becoming distracted by the next AAA game set to release the next week. Unsurprisingly, this all amounts to a giant backlog. One that, estimating my gaming free time remain constant, will take me THREE YEARS to finish.
I have a problem. I admit it. That's the first step, right?
I started noticing it with Mass Effect 3. I had played and beaten Mass Effect 1 and 2 when they had released, and loved them. I had been patiently waiting for ME3 for years and years with a foaming mouth and bated breath. THIS WAS IT. The final conclusion to something that had consumed me for the last 5 years. Once again, day one, I bought it, brought it home, and played it for 5 or 6 hours the first week.
A week passed. Work got stressful. Next thing I know, I'm once again prowling IGN, checking new releases. Hey, Tales of Graces f comes out next week. Should be pretty sweet.
...wait. What about Mass Effect 3? Shouldn't I be playing that? Why am I disinterested now, after being excited for it for the last few years?
Another week passed, Deus Ex went on Steam sale. Always wanted to play Deus Ex.
I bought it. Steam playtime as of right now reads six hours.
I have a problem.
The only logical solution is to not buy another game, sit down, and play these fantastic games to completion. And that's what I intend to do. I plan on making a list of my backlog, and start playing these games again, publishing "Now Playing" and "Final Word" articles during playthrough. Hopefully someone will find these articles useful, perhaps informing them on whether or not to buy these games or maybe inspire others to tackle their own backlog in a similar fashion.
Tomorrow I will post a list of my backlog, before I leave for work. Saturday, the real test begins. Wish me luck. read