I used to work at a movie theatre. Did so for about 13 years. Without those movie releases as landmarks I don't quite know what I was doing with my life. With backlog (and more importantly achievements. ahem Nintendo) I can quantitatively know what I was doing with my life and can reflect on experiences had. Even though the real memory has faded. These are feelings I must have had. The Poseidon Adventure was the first movie I saw in theatres for free as an employee. Back to the Future the first movie I can recall walking out of a theatre. Terminator 2 where i discovered what "too much of a good thing" (popcorn salt) tasted like.
But gaming outside of knowing i picked up a psp on launch day from Walmart or going into try a Wii for the first time and loving Excite Truck but feeling underwhelmed by Zelda doesn't resonate with me in the same way. I owned an Xbox One before a Wii because of this experience. Going into stores and buying games resonates with me much more than the experience of playing games. Outside of PUBG, I struggle to recall many moments in games. All the turns in Burnout would be a surprise to me. So i just buy games. I'm like the billionaire that plays low-stakes games. I'm there for the ambience. I hold no regard for my digital backlog. But my physical back log. Those get my full attention or at least booted up. Achievements are kind of the reason that i even plow through a backlog. It does a good job of archiving my life as good as movies. But the games themselves. It wasn't until awesome games done quick that I saw justification in trying to pierce my backlog. Because one day someone is going to do an expose on the game (i.e. cyberpunk) and if i had played through it that 30 minute Tim Rogers video will bring back some nostalgia. I just don't have time to do it myself, by replaying games.