Once upon a time… oh who am I kidding, that was last year. I wrote a little piece about my backlog and how I was going to finish every game on it. I was going to conquer each of the games that had eluded me, or lost my interest. I was going to be disciplined and only play those games, and not buy new games. I wouldn’t get seduced by the likes of Steam sales.
After all that, I have to say, I’m pretty tired of being disciplined…
Video games are supposed to be a form of entertainment for me. Not a workout regime that I must adhere to strictly in order to see progress. That’s pretty much what it ended up becoming for me. Stopping myself from playing some new games I probably should not have skipped out on, and really forcing myself to play games I bought that I probably never played, or stopped playing for good reason.
Take Pokemon Moon for example. I bought it, played a bit, got kind of far, and then stopped. Found the game too easy and what not, so I moved on. I marked this as a game to come back to and it always loomed over my with many other games. Recently I came back to it, and once again, found myself a bit bored. It’s a fun game don’t get me wrong, but I still find it too easy and I don’t like forcing myself to play the 3DS right now when the Switch is everyones new hotness.
Don’t get me wrong, there will be a few games I come back to in my backlog that I did legitimately enjoy, but didn’t play for things other than the game getting boring. I am also glad I did force myself to get to certain games that ended up surprising me, like Mass Effect Andromeda. I almost wrote this game off and starting fresh was just the thing I needed.
It’s like Geddy what at Nostalgia Trigger said, in a post way back about the very same topic. If you have too much on your plate, take something off. Move on and cut ties with games that really don’t have a place in your day to day routine. There is no need in forcing yourself to play a game just to say you played it. If you didn’t enjoy it, it is a waste of time.
I personally now prefer being a bit more free with what I’m playing and buying. A year of being so strict really started driving me nuts. I think I’ve had more fun doing it this way for a bit, and actually just knocked 2 games out of the park these past 2 days! I also don’t want to keep playing older games just to beat them, when I truly want to replay some of my favourite older games like Metroid Prime, which I pretty much never seem to do anymore.
It’s not to say I won’t practice any control at all. After all, those 80 hour open world games aren’t going to complete themselves. For things like that, it does help to kind of clear the way to make sure you don’t start and just stop part way through. Only to come back months later and not have any context of the story.
So my advice? Play whatever you want, whenever you want. In the end, this is a form of entertainment which doesn’t need so much structure, because it’s supposed to be, you know, fun?
Are you sick of your backlog? Ready to toss it in the garbage? Let’s rant about it in the comments!