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Posted by LentFilms (976 posts) -

I really like video games therefore I own a lot of them. However, many of these games sit on my shelf unfinished. I could make the excuse that “I’ve been very busy lately. I don’t have time for games.” but the truth is that I play my games all the time. The problem is that I keep getting distracted by shiny new games. I have now accumulated quite a large back log of unfinished games and it’s becoming depressing thinking about all the money I’ve wasted on these games. So I have decided to make a vow! I’m going to conquer my gaming ADD and beat all the games in my back log. I’ve created a list of every game I own that I have not finished. I’m going to pick one game at a time from the list and play nothing else until I finish it then move onto the next game on the list until I’ve played them all.

"Beat'n My Games" will chronicle my quest to finish my back log. I will have two posts for each game. In the first post I’ll say what the game is and why I purchased it and in the second post I’ll say what I thought about the game. I’m also going to restraint myself and not purchase any new games until I’ve completed this mission. Wish me luck.

Stay tuned for my first entry!

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#1 Posted by LentFilms (976 posts) -

I really like video games therefore I own a lot of them. However, many of these games sit on my shelf unfinished. I could make the excuse that “I’ve been very busy lately. I don’t have time for games.” but the truth is that I play my games all the time. The problem is that I keep getting distracted by shiny new games. I have now accumulated quite a large back log of unfinished games and it’s becoming depressing thinking about all the money I’ve wasted on these games. So I have decided to make a vow! I’m going to conquer my gaming ADD and beat all the games in my back log. I’ve created a list of every game I own that I have not finished. I’m going to pick one game at a time from the list and play nothing else until I finish it then move onto the next game on the list until I’ve played them all.

"Beat'n My Games" will chronicle my quest to finish my back log. I will have two posts for each game. In the first post I’ll say what the game is and why I purchased it and in the second post I’ll say what I thought about the game. I’m also going to restraint myself and not purchase any new games until I’ve completed this mission. Wish me luck.

Stay tuned for my first entry!

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#2 Posted by Giantstalker (2401 posts) -

I should probably try doing a similar thing with all my unfinished purchases, which are numerous enough to make me legitimately shameful at this point

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#3 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

I find this happening to me, too. How is this even possible? I don't even buy things on Steam, but my library is starting to overwhelm me?

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#4 Posted by laserbolts (5506 posts) -

I usually finish games when I buy them but god damn I have bought alot of games this year. I need to go through the ol backlog myself but skyrim will postpone that for a while I think.

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#5 Posted by Azteck (7415 posts) -

I never had a backlog but since I got my PC it's been piling up alarmingly fast because of how goddamn cheap it all is. It's a curse

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#6 Posted by WEB_War4 (115 posts) -

I think once you hit 100 games to play, you go into fetal position mode. I don't know which one to play first! Sleep. Wake, now let's pick one. Naw, sleep.

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#7 Posted by SoldierG654342 (1900 posts) -

The save for a AC2, AC2B, and Condemned, the only games I have that I have not completed are due to the fact that I don't have a good enough computer.

There's an easy way to avoid a backlog of games; if you still have games to play, stop buying more games. The exception, of course, being sales.

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#8 Posted by BBQBram (2503 posts) -

Yeah it's quite a sad affair, always hyping myself on new games with all that backlog to complete.

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#9 Posted by Seth2681 (5 posts) -

Did ya get it finished?

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#10 Posted by LentFilms (976 posts) -

@seth2681: Wow this is an old post, I was still in college when I originally made this "mission statement". But to answer your question, no I didn't finish all the games in my backlog. However, over the past six years I've just learned to buy less games and to get rid of games in my backlog that I know I am never going play again, either by selling them or giving them to friends/family that want them. I also learned that keeping a list of every game I need to play just stressed me out so instead I keep lists of all the games I finish every year that I put on GiantBomb, which I found to be a much better motivator for me.

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#11 Posted by Slag (8039 posts) -

@lentfilms: I think that's a good attitude to have. At least I like to think so because that's my approach too. :)

As long as you stay within your financial means and have fun, it doesn't really matter if every name gets crossed off the list.

e.g. If I feel I can only spend 60 dollars in a month on games, and I buy 3 games at 20 whilst only playing and enjoying 1-2 of them, is that somehow worse than buying 1 game at 60 and enjoying it? I personally don't think so. And I don't think the 20-40 dollars on the unplayed games is necessarily wasted. Every game a person plays is somewhat of an unknown anyway and there's no guarantee you'd like them anyway.

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#12 Posted by nicksmi56 (711 posts) -

I'm actually doing something similar for 2018. Not buying any new games for myself (besides one upcoming game if I get a gift card for Christmas) and if anyone just can't think of a birthday/Christmas present for that year besides a game, it has to be for the Switch, which I won't be touching for that year so I can focus on all these PS3 games I have lying around.