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The Backlog Project: A Plan of Attack


As anyone who has ever tried to conquer their backlog will know, the beginning is quite possibly the hardest part. Not only are you trying to tear yourself away from spending money on new games but youíre making a commitment to finish games you currently own. That means not paying attention to all of the new titles coming out every week and focusing on that huge pile of games you have sitting on your shelf. Itís hard but itís something you have to come to terms with if you want to slowly bring that pile down.

The best thing you can do is devise a plan of attack. Like any good drug there is a phase of rehabilitation and it really is hard to quit cold turkey. For myself I have decided to go with a 5 game plan. Finish 5 games and open up a slot to treat myself to a new game. I donít exactly know if itís the best way to conquer my backlog but it does give me incentive to actually finish 5 games on my list while only adding 1. A huge step for someone like me who at one time was adding a new game nearly every week to my collection.

So what are the 5 games I have decided to start with?

Fallout: New Vegas Ė I was actually already playing New Vegas so Iíve decided to keep going at it until I finish it. Now I could rush through it but Iíve been having such a great time with it so far that I think it would be a waste to not see everything the game has to offer. Iím currently sitting at about 25 hours played.

Dead to Rights: Retribution Ė Yes I know what youíre thinking. ďWhy the fuck do you want to play that piece of shit?Ē I was actually thinking the same thing when I picked it out and let me explain my reasoning behind it. Itís short and itís one of the most recent games I bought. I really want to get it off my list and the length of it seems perfect for what Iím trying to accomplish.

Torchlight Ė Last year I bought Torchlight and according to my Steam profile I have played it for a total of 5 minutes. Yes. FIVE minutes. Every person Iíve talked to about the game has told me how great the game is and it seems like a nice game to sit back and relax with.

Dragon Age: Origins Ė Ultimate Edition Ė This is a scary one but there is a reason itís on this list. Last year I bought the vanilla game on Xbox 360 and only played it for about 5 hours. I couldnít get over how it controlled and told myself Iíd pick it up on PC. Well as many of you know, Steam had a huge sale and put the Ultimate Edition on sale for $25. I bought it and itís one of the few games in my collection Iím really looking forward to playing.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light Ė I actually just recently picked this up and it seems like a nice short game to quickly knock off of my list. It helps that Iíve read a ton of good things about the game.

Along with the above 5 games, Iíve decided to add a few multiplayer games to my playlist to mix things up a little. I love single player games but I do also love shooting people in the face every once in awhile. The games I chose were Monday Night Combat, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Team Fortress 2.

So there you have it. What Iím guessing will be the next month or so of gaming for myself and I can already tell that itís going to be hell. Not that the above games are bad but more because the first quarter of 2011 is loaded with great games Ė the most notable in January being Dead Space 2. How will I cope? How will I not buy games? HmmÖ maybe Iíve made a mistake here.
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About KFidone of us since 12:12 AM on 08.18.2010

Hey Destructoid!

My name is Kim Fidler, I'm Canadian, and I've been playing video games for over 25 years. Yes, you can calculate that and you'll probably realize that I'm kind of old. Not REALLY old but old enough to have 1 or 2 gray hairs (around 10 at last count). I'm 30 and even though I should be bogged down by all of the bullshit that comes with being an adult, I still love games and the gaming industry.

I don't really know what it is about games that I like so much but I think it has a lot to do with the community that surrounds them. I'm not talking about the fanboy jerk offs that populate every single gaming website, but the great people that keep this hobby a viable way to spend your free time. Take a look around at all of the people making community blogs on Destructoid and I can guarantee that every single one of those people is a great person in their own distinct way. They all have something to say and while you might not always agree with it, we as gamers are always willing to listen to different opinions.

That is why I have decided to start a blog on Destructoid. Over the past decade I have written for several gaming websites but it's come to that point in my life where I no longer want to be a member of the gaming press. It's a cool job but I have a career that I absolutely love and, well let's face it, I can't hang with all of the big names in the gaming media. I'm looking at you Jim "Big Comfort" Sterling.

So that's me. I'm a pretty normal guy that probably likes a lot of the same things that you do. I have a shaved head because it makes me look tough and I run about 25 kms a week. That's about it. Thanks for visiting my blog!
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