The Backlog from Hell
Everyone has one. The list. The sum of one's greed and avarice toward videogames. One's lack of discipline during the Steam sales. And a short term memory of the last time you convinced yourself "oh I'll totally play that 40-hour RPG." I'm looking at you, Dragon Quest IX.
A game where finding your way home and managing to land is enough to merit rolling the credits.Below is my list. It is the sum total of games I want to play. I own other games I do not want to play, have finished or have played enough that I feel like they're already off my backlog. Take A-10 Warthog for example. I think I got my money's worth just trying to learn how to take off and land, much less finish a campaign.
This guy. This eff'in guy.There must be rules. Many of the games listed below exit the backlog via being played to completion. Others, such as Animal Crossing or Banished, pass muster on arbitrary terms, such as playing for at least 10 hours. Generally speaking, for games that are infinitely replayable or have no endgame, 10 hours is enough for me. In special cases, I will consider a game completed based on some arbitrary criteria, such as "this game is fun and I'm glad I bought it but there's no way in hell I'm playing this for 10 hours," or delete a game outright if I find it openly mocks me (Demon's Souls / Dark Souls) or because it's a Peter Molyneux game.
And the carrot. For every game completed, I can purchase a new game to add to the Backlog. Because it must feed, and because I can't afford both Steam sales and a mortgage payment. Games completed are marked as such, and where applicable, listed as being credited toward a new game.