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10 Hot Tips To Tame Your Backlog

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Man, I've always wanted to write a clickbait listicle. It's so liberating.

As it stands, I'm rather happy with my gaming backlog. It's at 80% completion with 88 games to go at this point in time. Marred by the majority of them being JRPGs, but hey.

From what I gather, that's relatively low when compared to the average gamer. What are my secrets, you ask? Let me tell you.

What follows are my hot tips (heh) to tame your backlog. It might work for all kinds of backlogs, but it's aimed at games primarily.

Hot Tip #1: Get a Backloggery account

Knowledge is power and with a Backloggery account, you'll know exactly what you're up against. The site sorts games by system and lets you tag them to your liking. It then uses this information to give you stats like what I wrote above.

The only annoyance is that you'll need to input all your games manually, but no one said this was going to be easy. I actually found it relaxing to go through all my games and write them down.

Hot Tip #2: Know your taste

As a wise weasel once said, playing games you don't like is a pain in the eyes. With that in mind, you should only buy games you will probably like. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't experiment a tad, but keep it resonable.

If you don't like horror games or visual novels, then don't buy them. It'll save you money and make it easier to play the games you have.

Hot Tip #3: Keep yourself to 1-3 games at a time

This might be the toughest thing on the list for the majority of you. But in order to beat a game, you need to focus. And nothing let's you focus like only having a handful of games on your mind.

I can't really help you here, it just takes willpower and planning. But if you only have games you want to play, then it shouldn't be impossible.

Hot Tip #4: Limit replays & multiplayer games

The point of clearing your backlog is to play new games, so playing old ones will only hinder you. You shouldn't keep yourself from old games completely, but it's worth thinking about if you have another, yet incomplete game, that could scratch the same itch. Sequels and spiritual successors can help you greatly in this regard.

Multiplayer games are a different beast. They can eat up a lot of time and be great fun. As such, I think you should be rather selective with them. Only play the ones you really love and play games from your backlog instead of mediocre multiplayer ones.

Hot Tip #5: Learn to love the nuke

Even with my selective game acquisition, bad games slip through the cracks. And when that happens, I go for the nuclear option and exorcise them from my backlog.

There's no shame to be had over doing so, just be sure that it's so bad that you'll never want to touch it again.

Hot Tip #6: Swallow your pride and use guides

Being lost does you no good, so don't feel bad over using guides. It'll save you time and make 100% completion more likely, meaning you'll be less tempted to replay anything.

I wanna say that using guides saves me around 10 hours per JRPG, which is amazing. The less time I can spend doing random battles in a puzzle room, the better.

Hot Tip #7: A wishlist is better than a backlog

A nice feature of both Backloggery and Steam is the ability to put a game in a wishlist. It's free to do so, which makes it a great reminder for games you have a passing interest in.

The true value of this is that you essentially put the games in your backlog without buying them. That is both fiscally sound and won't drown you in as much guilt.

Hot Tip #8: Be wary of bundles

Game bundles are the tool of the Devil and are to be feared. When buying one, it's imperative that you get your money's worth. So make use of Hot Tip #2 when you decide.

And when you have bought one, go ahead and scour it for games to nuke. The risk of there being something crap in there is rather high.

Hot Tip #9: Patience is a virtue

When buying games, there are many factors to keep in mind. But it's generally to your benefit to wait before buying. Prices get lower, reviews get released and patches drop, which will only do you good.

But some games are still worth a launch day purchase of course. It could be a multiplayer game that you want to experience with a high playerbase, it could be made by a company that you want to support, or it could simply be amazing.

But you also need to be careful with certain games. Some games, particulary JRPGs, will never drop in price or be available for long. So do you your research and make sure you won't miss a game because of greed.

Digital games usually have a long shelf life, so you can probably wait a few years before you buy them. But they can also be delisted, so you need to keep yourself informed. All of this is a mighty balance act, but it must be done.

Hot Tip #10: Choice by poll

For you indecisive lot out there who can't choose their next game to play, consider setting up a poll. Generally speaking, the popular choice will be a game of some value to you. That's dependent on you buying good games in the first place, of course.

There's also the risk that you'll have to play something you wanted to save for later, but that's life.

 

There you have it. Now, sally forth and best the beast!

- Welcome to my world, Enjoy your stay, But always remember, There is no return.


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About Kerrik52one of us since 3:12 AM on 02.28.2016

Greetings, one and all. I'm known as Kerrik52 around these parts and I think I'm pretty swell, for a Swedish dude.

I love all games, except the bad ones. I play games when possible, thinking I'll eventually break into heaven. I'm currently studying computer science.

I have written some blogs here exploring old games by From Software with more to come later. Not to mention my salty bitch series on the Souls-games.

I also have a little Youtube channel bearing my name that mostly contains videos related to my blogs.

I some games I love are:

Dark Souls
God Hand
Resident Evil 4
Tales of Eternia
Kingdom Hearts
Jak & Daxter
King's Field
Devil May Cry
Legacy of Kain
Shadow Hearts
Spyro
Ys
Shin Megami Tensei
Resistance
Patapon
Legend of Heroes
Yakuza
Locoroco
Ape Escape

I have a very low standard for movies, but I have some favorites. These include:

Coraline
Tintin
The Secret Life of Walter Witty
Pooh's Grand Adventure
Scott Pilgrim VS the World

The last TV shows I watched were House, Mythbusters and Fringe.

Anime on the other hand, is something I watch often. I like:

Symphogear
Jojo
Gonna Be the Twintail
Nichijou
WIXOSS
Black Rock Shooter
Nobunagun
Airmaster
Fist of the Northstar

I don't read very much anymore, but I like Asimov and Lovecraft.

Music-wise I'm an apostle of Dio and the German power metal scene. Other favorites include:

Gamma Ray
Iron Savior
Freedom Call
Dreamtale
Axel Rudi Pell
Edguy
Avantasia

Go ahead and share a piece of your world with me and I'll pay back in kind. Don't be deterred if I answer you in a wall of text though. I despise unfulfilling writing and will do all it takes to make my points.