Tordah

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The fascination with backlogs

I've been trying to figure out what's the deal with backlogs and why gamers are so obsessed with them. As we all know, gaming is a very time consuming hobbty, so it's not uncommon to have of bunch of unplayed games that we struggle to find the time for.  
 
Some people have more untouched games than others (thank you, Steam sales!), but one thing I've noticed that almost everyone have in common is their obligation to share their backlog woes with everyone. It's impossible to visit the Giant Bomb forums and not see someone sigh about having a huge backlog or how they don't have time to play all the cool games they purchased 6 months ago. I know I'm guilty of it myself. Hell, there's even a website dedicated purely to help you catalogue and keep track of your gaming backlog. I thought about signing up for it but apparently they don't accept new registrations at the moment because the site got overloaded from too much activity. So yeah, I'd say it's a pretty common phenomena within the gaming world.  

 So many games, so little time.
 So many games, so little time.
What is it about backlogs that's so fascinating to gamers that we feel that we must share it with friends and strangers? I understand that it's nice to have an eternal meta-goal to strive for (i.e., play/beat all games in your backlog) but I can't help but feel like there must be something more to it. It it because backlogs are a thing so unique but common to gamers that it unites us? Is talking about our backlogs our weird way of "bonding" with each other? I don't know, I'm just rambling now. Somebody needs to study this.
 
-Tordah
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