Backlog. It easily the worst term in the gamer's dictionary. A gaming backlog is essentially just a representation of wasted money and worse then that, wasted potential. You look at that stack of un-played games and just know that they all deserve their time in the sun. But no, you don't give it to them, you have better things to do, or more often then not, play. Flashier things with bigger explosions and boobs.
The past four or five months has on my part been an effort to stem the rise of my backlog. I've handled this in different ways. I've ceased my aimless trips to Gamestop. Unless I have a game already in mind I no longer go in, because I know that if given the opportunity I will
find something. In my head rests a digest of games I've always wanted to play and when I come across one, even with the foreknowledge that I'll never squeeze it in, I just have to it.
I've also sold off a lot of games that though excellent and deserving, I know I will never realistically play. I know it is a waste of money, even if I'm selling them on Amazon because I'll never get back what I spent. That said, it's an even bigger waste to leave them sitting in the dust taking up space.
And of course, I've been playing the damn things. Whittling away at them slowly but surely. Some months I manage to knock a few off the list while others, I add a few on. Either way, I hope I someday reach that place where I no longer have to buy a new game with the nagging guilt that I already have enough electronic entertainment to last me a decade.
So here it is, my current backlog:
Castlevania III (VC)
Super Castlevania IV (VC)
Ninja Gaiden (VC)
Ogre Battle (VC)
Final Fantasy VII (PSP)
Final Fantasy VIII (PS1)
Fear Effect (PS1)
Fear Effect 2 (PS1)
Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes (GC)
Wing Commander: Prophecy (GBA)
The Dark Spire (DS)
Chrono Trigger (DS)
Panzer Tactics (DS)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)
Overlord: Raising Hell (PS3)
There may be a few more I'm failing to recall, and this month alone is going to add a good four to the list thanks to review work.