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Posted by hexvector (6 posts) 1 year, 11 months ago

Poll: How do you keep track of your game backlog and unreleased wishlist? (124 votes)

Giantbomb Lists 16%
Game collection app (post which one) 9%
Pencil and Paper 6%
I have good memory 31%
I don't keep track 35%
Other (post your method) 23%
#1 Posted by StarFoxA (5181 posts) -

I keep track of my backlog with a list on my computer, but I don't keep track of games on my wishlist.

#2 Posted by fuzzybunny566 (454 posts) -

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.

#3 Edited by ConfusedOwl (989 posts) -

I just use backloggery.com. does the job quite nicely.

#4 Edited by sins_of_mosin (1539 posts) -


#5 Edited by SirOptimusPrime (2031 posts) -

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.

#6 Posted by smashed_pumpkins (46 posts) -

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

#7 Edited by MentalDisruption (1697 posts) -

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.

#8 Posted by hawkinson76 (379 posts) -

I picked pencil and paper, but I really use Notes on my iPhone. More recently I have used the steam wishlist, but that doesn't cover old console games.

#9 Posted by awesomeusername (4278 posts) -

Giantbomb lists. If you look at my lists, everything I want to play, am interested in & have are on they're own lists.


#10 Posted by Hector (3382 posts) -

Giantbomb lists. I just keep a two lists, games that I own and a wishlist.

#11 Posted by rjayb89 (7730 posts) -

I have a list for console and handheld games I want to get on a list here on the site and a list of PC games I want through Steam. I have no interest in keeping track of my backlog.

#12 Posted by Pr1mus (4001 posts) -

Good memory and the occasional GB list.

#13 Posted by thebunnyhunter (1497 posts) -

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.

#14 Posted by believer258 (12464 posts) -

Excel for the games that I have, my memory for what I want.

I might make a list of what I want, but I never buy even half of it and I usually forget about most of it.

#15 Edited by Cathryn (552 posts) -

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.

#16 Posted by Rafaelfc (1635 posts) -

For new games I just put mark them on the imac Calendar app.

As for my backlog, I just pretend it doesn't exist until I really want to play any particular old game (usually out of shame and a little curiosity)

#17 Posted by MEATBALL (3718 posts) -

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.

#18 Posted by MeganeAgain (123 posts) -

I keep my wishlist mostly in memory. My backlog is stored on The Backloggery.

#19 Edited by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -

.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.)

#20 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12351 posts) -
#21 Posted by Vextroid (1448 posts) -

I don't really keep track as I just set Steam to show only installed titles and un-installed games I have beaten or I know I wont play in the foreseeable future.

#22 Posted by BeachThunder (12739 posts) -

Notepad/Steam library.

#23 Edited by StarvingGamer (8704 posts) -

I don't keep track of my backlog.

Every couple months I'll check out what releases are coming up for the year then e-mail myself a list to start whittling down. Then I usually just preorder everything immediately on Amazon.

#24 Posted by probablytuna (3969 posts) -

I have so many games in my backlog I just can't keep track anymore. Truly the first of the worldly problems.

#25 Posted by Vexxan (4619 posts) -

Spreadsheet on Google Drive.

#26 Edited by TopSteer (683 posts) -

I just keep a text file of games that I plan on buying eventually. My memory's not so great so it's mainly for smaller games that I would forget. I don't really keep track of my backlog though I probably should.

#27 Posted by Nictel (2542 posts) -

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.

#28 Edited by hexvector (6 posts) -

@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!

#29 Edited by isomeri (1549 posts) -

No lists. I love getting excited about a game and then realizing that I already own that game.

#30 Edited by selfconfessedcynic (2635 posts) -

.txt shared over drop box.

I'm old school that way : )

#31 Edited by Chibithor (573 posts) -

I don't. Now, a released games wishlist I can get behind. For that I have a folder of bookmarks on my browser. I'm not concerned over my backlog and unreleased games will generally remind me by being released.

#32 Edited by Krullban (1216 posts) -

I just can easily remember what I haven't finished.

#33 Posted by JasonR86 (9753 posts) -

I don't.

#34 Edited by ChaosDent (234 posts) -

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.

#35 Posted by Nightriff (5664 posts) -

Giant Bomb List, I love it, makes it easier to keep track of WHAT I want to beat

#36 Edited by Morningstar (2267 posts) -

In a chaotic fashion. Sometimes i buy things twice..

#37 Posted by Humanity (10733 posts) -

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.

#38 Posted by Fattony12000 (7678 posts) -
#39 Posted by Butano (1809 posts) -

I don't, but sometimes I look at my Steam library and see the times on the games I own.

#40 Edited by PillClinton (3307 posts) -

Just a Google doc.

#41 Posted by DarthOrange (3932 posts) -

I usually remember if there is something big I am meaning to get back to and if I forget it then it wasn't important to start with.

#42 Posted by OfficeGamer (1086 posts) -

I don't keep track anymore. I used to keep notepad lists and shit as a kid, but now I'm busy enough to not be actively monitoring my gaming, I just play whatever is out that I like..

#43 Posted by pyromagnestir (4350 posts) -

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.

#44 Posted by hexvector (6 posts) -

@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.

#45 Edited by VooDooPC (354 posts) -

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.

#46 Posted by pyromagnestir (4350 posts) -


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.

#47 Edited by LordAndrew (14430 posts) -

I use Backloggery for backlog tracking, and my brain for a wishlist.

#48 Edited by zoozilla (989 posts) -

@ezakael said:

I just use backloggery.com. does the job quite nicely.

Same here. I also have an Amazon wishlist with the games I want.

#49 Posted by BabyChooChoo (5054 posts) -

Memory for backlog. Amazon for wishlist. I'll just throw the game on there, check the list every few weeks and be like "oh yeah that game is totally coming out. Guess I better buy it!"

#50 Edited by Clonedzero (4196 posts) -

if you gotta keep an organized list, then you got problems!