Backlog and the Massively infinite sadness, with a Beat.

Alright, beginning one of these is always my weakest point so we'll just skip that part. You know who I am, I know who you are. I kind of need the Giant Bomb community's help right now. You see, I have amassed this giant backlog thanks to Steam and having a capable computer. However, I couldn't attack that backlog with a vengeance during the summer game drought because I got a 9-6 job in the middle of July. Compounding this is the tons and tons of new releases I want to play. Space Marine, Deus Ex, Gears 3 and more are all coming out at an inopportune time in my life. What's a gamer with a well-paying job and no-time to do? Are there games in my backlog* that could be eliminated quickly? Are there games that I should consider cheating in? Should just say “to heck with this” and buy Space Marine, Deus Ex, and Gears 3? So many questions, but I only have one answer so far. Attack that backlog like it's trying to eat your mom's hairbrush.

Mass Effect

You remember this guy, don'tcha?

Anyway, I've been playing Mass Effect in the worst way anyone can play it. Playing Mass Effect in a piecemeal fashion is not the way I want to enjoy that game. However, against all odds, I've been enjoying it immensely. Yes, the criticisms leveled against it back in 2007 are still valid. Elevators are weird, the MAKO is weird, and there's still a staggering amount of graphical problems. But if the broken graphics and gameplay can deliver a story and universe as exciting as people say it is (and so far I have not been disappointed) then I'm certainly willing to slog through the MAKO sections. I like the combat, surprisingly, I think there's a real visceral thrill in shotgunning a geth in the face. There's some inconsistencies in the way Shepard handles in terms of weight and speed, but overall I think the combat flows well and is kept exciting throughout. However, I have yet to make any real tough choices. Most of the missions so far have been pretty cut and dry in finding out which is the Paragon option and which is the Renegade options. I haven't really touched the inventory management either. I mean, yeah I've equipped better guns, armor, upgrades, and ammo but I don't even know what Omni-gel is. Maybe later into the game choices get tougher, and maybe I'll start caring more about my squad and inventory. Regardless of when Mass Effect starts getting heavy (with choices and/or inventory), Bit.Trip.Beat is heavy...on my eyes.

While not a Geth, shotgunning this target will prove equally satisfying.

Bit.Trip.Beat

While not half as busy as the rest of the game gets, this screenshot still makes my eyes burn.

Bit.Trip.Beat is not one of my favorite games in my backlog, but it seems like it would be easy to beat. With only three levels, it should be a cinch to complete right? Apparently, I'm not very good at playing Pong. At least, I'm not very good at playing Pong 2-on-1...in color...with rad music...while the game is trying to give me a seizure. Seriously, I'm surprised this game has very little epilepsy warnings on the title screen or before. Anyway, there's not much to say gameplay wise. It's Pong, but actively trying to send you to the hospital for a brain aneurysm. So I like it, when it's not making me bleed from my eyballs.

So that's my plight, and what I've been playing. I guess I just really needed to write something desperately, because I normally don't like telling people things they already know. In the future, I hope to break out of my “don't actually talk about the gameplay or story, cause that's boring” shell, and start writing a little more elegantly about the specifics of games I'm playing. And maybe, just maybe, one day we'll find the cure for cancer. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

*this is why I'm infinitely sad, any help would be appreciated

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Posted by c0l0nelp0c0rn1

Alright, beginning one of these is always my weakest point so we'll just skip that part. You know who I am, I know who you are. I kind of need the Giant Bomb community's help right now. You see, I have amassed this giant backlog thanks to Steam and having a capable computer. However, I couldn't attack that backlog with a vengeance during the summer game drought because I got a 9-6 job in the middle of July. Compounding this is the tons and tons of new releases I want to play. Space Marine, Deus Ex, Gears 3 and more are all coming out at an inopportune time in my life. What's a gamer with a well-paying job and no-time to do? Are there games in my backlog* that could be eliminated quickly? Are there games that I should consider cheating in? Should just say “to heck with this” and buy Space Marine, Deus Ex, and Gears 3? So many questions, but I only have one answer so far. Attack that backlog like it's trying to eat your mom's hairbrush.

Mass Effect

You remember this guy, don'tcha?

Anyway, I've been playing Mass Effect in the worst way anyone can play it. Playing Mass Effect in a piecemeal fashion is not the way I want to enjoy that game. However, against all odds, I've been enjoying it immensely. Yes, the criticisms leveled against it back in 2007 are still valid. Elevators are weird, the MAKO is weird, and there's still a staggering amount of graphical problems. But if the broken graphics and gameplay can deliver a story and universe as exciting as people say it is (and so far I have not been disappointed) then I'm certainly willing to slog through the MAKO sections. I like the combat, surprisingly, I think there's a real visceral thrill in shotgunning a geth in the face. There's some inconsistencies in the way Shepard handles in terms of weight and speed, but overall I think the combat flows well and is kept exciting throughout. However, I have yet to make any real tough choices. Most of the missions so far have been pretty cut and dry in finding out which is the Paragon option and which is the Renegade options. I haven't really touched the inventory management either. I mean, yeah I've equipped better guns, armor, upgrades, and ammo but I don't even know what Omni-gel is. Maybe later into the game choices get tougher, and maybe I'll start caring more about my squad and inventory. Regardless of when Mass Effect starts getting heavy (with choices and/or inventory), Bit.Trip.Beat is heavy...on my eyes.

While not a Geth, shotgunning this target will prove equally satisfying.

Bit.Trip.Beat

While not half as busy as the rest of the game gets, this screenshot still makes my eyes burn.

Bit.Trip.Beat is not one of my favorite games in my backlog, but it seems like it would be easy to beat. With only three levels, it should be a cinch to complete right? Apparently, I'm not very good at playing Pong. At least, I'm not very good at playing Pong 2-on-1...in color...with rad music...while the game is trying to give me a seizure. Seriously, I'm surprised this game has very little epilepsy warnings on the title screen or before. Anyway, there's not much to say gameplay wise. It's Pong, but actively trying to send you to the hospital for a brain aneurysm. So I like it, when it's not making me bleed from my eyballs.

So that's my plight, and what I've been playing. I guess I just really needed to write something desperately, because I normally don't like telling people things they already know. In the future, I hope to break out of my “don't actually talk about the gameplay or story, cause that's boring” shell, and start writing a little more elegantly about the specifics of games I'm playing. And maybe, just maybe, one day we'll find the cure for cancer. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

*this is why I'm infinitely sad, any help would be appreciated

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

Guh, the backlog... I've let mine get way out of control and need to curb my gaming purchases for a solid six-to-eight months or so come January (after SSX, of course). We'll see how long my resolve lasts. In any case, I'm terrible at Bit Trip Beat too.

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Posted by kingzetta

just play the games, that's how you get through a backlog

Edited by c0l0nelp0c0rn1

@Sparky_Buzzsaw: At the same time, I love seeing my collection grow. It's just not being able to play those games that makes me really upset. Part of this has to do with my newfound and very time-consuming job, and part of it just has to do with being overwhelmed by games.

Edit: My backlog also makes it harder to consume Giant Bomb's content. I still haven't watched the PAX panel or BLLSL.