I've been using Excel for years. My "video games" file has a sheet for each system for games I've completed, with info such as developer, publisher, genre and release date. I also have a few sheets listing all the games/roms I still need to play, with a giant master list for 2013. The first sheet is for my wishlist separating released and unreleased games.
Mah brain. If I drop a game, it's likely because I was bored of it. I play most of my games in binges - recently XCOM has 16 hours in 3 and a half days, BL2 for the second time already has two or so hours in it, and way back in the yesteryear of 2009 I beat Persona 4 with ~75 hours in about a week and a half - so if I don't finish in that initial blitz then I usually don't finish the game.
I got into a bad habit of starting multiple games, and then rarely finishing them. If I do not enjoy a game, I give up on it. But there were plenty of games I really liked that I just stopped playing. (I wiped my Infamous progress because I decided to start a new character without making a hard save) That was my fault
Top of my backlog is Dragon Age Origins. I started playing that game right after I finished Mass Effect 3 at launch, after finishing Mass Effect 2. I have a PS3 so the first Mass Effect was not available then. Hit a hard point and then put it down. But that game is still right next to my console. Also I want to finish Bulletstorm, Rage, Darksiders 2 + a few more I have left stacked by my TV.
Losing my progress on Infamous means I will probably never finish that game, I was really near the end. But I put Darksiders 2 down because it was so slow, I just gave up. Probably will never finish that ever
My backlog is just whatever games I have lying around that I know I haven't played or finished. Its not big enough to a point where I need a list yet. As for unreleased games, I don't really organize it much. There are a few I keep a close eye on and everything else I just kind of ignore until the week it releases.
I was having issues with a massive backlog a few weeks ago and found this site: Thebackloggery
I like the stats it gives the user, being able to tell what percent of the games I've finished and for what platform makes me feel ashamed for having all these unplayed games. Seeing that percentage rise is weirdly motivating me to finish more games. Also the "Fortune Cookie" feature is great when i have no idea what to play next. Hopefully with a bit of self control ill get to a 100% complete collection some times soon.
Combination of Giant Bomb lists and One Note -- I keep detailed lists of all my media consumption on One Note (it works well for keeping track of a lot of different things all with one theme), and then I have less detailed information in Giant Bomb lists.
I don't worry too much about my backlog, any games I care about getting around to are easy to remember, I'd probably drive myself crazy if I kept a list of every game I should finish. :P
I tend to visit retailer websites often to keep up on release dates, sometimes I'll make a list of upcoming games and their release dates on my iOS notes app.
.I had this problem for years and just Recently tryed to find a way to fix it. I tryed using a program called cgstar I think its free, but dosent have the one feature I want, that s in another program called movie database catologe or something, which is to beable to have bios asociated with peoples names.
Right this second I am using a program called tabbles. its free to try, and costs 30$ to buy. Its ok. its basicly a tagging system for all files. it gets slow though when you load up a lot of tags.
I am also thinking about making a simple program that has a lot of the features that I want. such as random game suggestions, and random tag suggestions (kind of like little big planet, because a lot of time in tabbles I forget I created a tag, or a certan game should be taged a certan way.)
I have a nasty habit of leaving games half finished, and the way I keep track of them is by looking at what's on my desktop and thinking "huh, I should probably finish that", or similarly looking in my steam library and seeing what I have installed and thinking "I should really play that".
I have so many games in my backlog I just can't keep track anymore. Truly the first of the worldly problems.
This. It would probably end up being a huge document. As for unreleased games, the ones I really look forward to I keep track of through Giant Bomb.
@starfoxa: I'm building a free game collection website/app (using Giantbomb API), but you can use it for pretty much whatever you want since you can tag a game with any description. So if you (or anyone) is looking for something different to keep track of or catalog games the site is: www.gamedex.net - let me know what you think!
I am like a moth that flutters toward shiny new things. I rarely look back and regret not playing more of or finishing an older game, though I often flutter back to them when they catch my eye again.
As far as how I keep track of my backlist, if you want to call it that. It's whatever is installed on Steam and/or my PS3. If it isn't installed or in the disc drive I don't really think about it.
Game backlog is easy, I just don't buy new games until I've beaten whatever it is that I'm playing at the moment.
For unreleased games it's also pretty easy as big games I'm interested in don't all come out at the same time and there's usually a fair bit of attention before they get released.
Every which way I can. I used to use the myIGN lists page or whatever it was called for all of it, and I quite liked how they handled things, but then they fucked it all up and I've been searching for a good one stop shop for it all ever since. I use Backloggery, mostly to keep track of when I finish a game and what games are in my collection, but thanks to the way it organizes things and the limited search or customization options I find it lacking. It's serviceable, but eh...
I have an excel doc of the games I own and have not played but should play.
I have a list on this site that serves a similar purpose, but also includes the games I've started but have yet to finish and another one that's a wishlist.
I am a crazy person. I really like having a list of all the movies, music, games and books I own or have watched or played or listened to or read or want. And I like being able to mark down that I have finished one of them after having done so. And I like to be able to easily search through the list when I want to find, say, what horror movies I've seen that were made in this century, or what games I played that were released in 2010, or something like that when the mood strikes me.
@pyromagnestir: Part of the reason I asked this question is too see how people like to keep track of their games (backlog or wishlist) for a web app that I'm building. Since you like lists I'm interested in what you have to say about this game collection app: www.gamedex.net - It is free, you can try out the demo without signing up.
I have a txt file in my documents folder called "Games To Get 2013". It has the name and release dates of games I'm interested in. When a game comes out I'm interested in and I get it, I'll tab it over. Some games never get tabbed over, like Aliens.
A quick check of that site has me thinking that's definitely along the lines of what I want functionality wise. It's the closest thing to what I'm looking for that I've yet to see. You search for games and it finds them from a database, rather than having to input them manually like on backloggery. When you add a game to your collection it's got a decent amount of filtering options, so I could find most of the random things I want to search for easily enough. It's even got links to Giantbomb's page for the games, which is neat. all in all I'd say that's a pretty nifty little app.