Nassim Nicholas Taleb wrote Black Swan. I'm pretty sure I've referred to the book earlier in my cblogs, but this time, I'll use a point made about Umberto Eco (1932-2016), a famous author, in the book as a starting point to a series of segues while keeping game libraries as an analogue.
Eco owned a large library of books. Large for one person, at least, with 50,000 volumes spread between two places. And his guests could be split into roughly two groups: those who wondered how many of these books he had read and the vastly smaller group who understood these books weren't so much for reading but for reference. Maybe this isn't quite the same, but if you watch AVGN, Pat the NES Punk or ProJared on YouTube, which side do you fall to when you think of the backgrounds of their videos? (Admittedly, I expect at least some of them have played all the games on show.)
Taleb called a collection of unread books an antilibrary. He argued that one's library should contain as many unread books as possible: the more you know of a subject, the more you realize you don't know. He also wrote, "read books are far less valuable than unread ones."
Can we apply this view to video games and if yes, how? Let's mull over it a bit.
One of the games I'll cover this month in my cblog series is Colony 7 (Taito, 1981). I'm lucky to have it on an old Taito Legends CD, which helped me to avoid misunderstanding a game feature I read about on various other sites. If it weren't for the cblog, I doubt I would've played it. As it happens, another game I'll cover is Bosconian (Namco, 1981). I don't have access to that game, though. I didn't find it on PS3's PSN, I didn't find it on Steam, it wasn't on my Namco Museum Remix on Wii (because Europe got only that, not the expanded Namco Museum Megamix that NA got and includes Bosconian), and it was never on Virtual Console in Europe either. In that case, I'll have to make do with what information I can find on the Internet.
I know I'm more inspired to play a game when I have some other purpose for doing that beyond removing it from my backlog, so my concusion is... shut up and just blog about videogames.
EDIT 2017-09-07: Added "after you've played one", "information"
I should try and read any of Eco's books myself. And good on you for reading this small print. Not that I expect anyone (outside Deadmoon for his duty) to reach this far.