Allow me to begin by saying, today, I could not for the life of me, come up with proper images to put to this piece. So I decided to use random husky memes (and one personal photo at the end) to punctuate my thoughts instead. Neither has anything to do with the other, but hopefully, amusement is involved.
I was thinking about my current game challenge to play four survival horror games this month, and how poorly it is going. Which got me to thinking about why. Why, if I want to play these games so much, am I not sealing the deal?
Honestly, I don’t know. There isn’t a good reason. And that’s not a good reason.
A lot of the comments I read on gaming sites, especially on Fridays, are from people who intend to get to their backlogs. This is a noble endeavor, to play games we already own, yet so often the good intentions lead to a whole lot of not getting to the backlog.
Why is that?
For some folks, I know it comes down to not having enough time, and that’s a reason I can get behind. If you don’t have time to play all the games you own, then so be it. That’s just a facts-of-life sort of situation.
But, speaking for myself, that’s not the issue I have. I am fortunate enough to not have excessive time constraints on my playing. Yet the majority of my backlog remains untouched.
I’ve worked around this issue by slowing my roll on buying new games (I’ve been getting better at this over the past year), yet I still buy them here and there.
And what gets me most about my backlog is when a game slips into it that shouldn’t.
Case in point: The Witcher 3.
I couldn’t wait for the game to release to the point that I pre-ordered it. I picked it up at early midnight release. I started in on it that night. And I played it like crazy until the major glitches hit. I figured I would hold off until they were patched so I didn’t lose progress or something equally unsavory.
But something happened: I never got back to it. Or, rather, I haven’t gotten back to it yet.
But this is a crap reason.
I adored the game. I genuinely want to get back to it, and yet I haven’t, even though the issues have since been patched.
And why? It would be easy to say it is because of my monthly gaming challenges (which, in all fairness, do take some time), but if I really wanted to play it, wouldn’t I just hunker down and play it?
I think so.
On a completely different scale, the same thing happened to me with Pokemon X. I pre-ordered it. I picked it up at release, and I played the heck out of it for several days, and I still have no idea why I didn’t finish it. I was having an excellent time.
So I ask myself: did I just not want to play it as much as I thought I did? Or is something wrong with the completionist in me and my gaming brain?
I can’t imagine that’s it. Yet I don’t have a good reason.
I don’t think I’m alone at the times I “get serious” about working on my backlog. I have every honest intention of knocking it out (at least, in decent-sized chunks), and managing my time in a more efficient manner so I can make progress a bit more quickly. But then the whole thing starts to feel like an endless slog, and that should never be what video games are.
How much simpler things were when I was younger and had all of like five games for my NES so I never had to worry about not getting to one of them. I played them over and over. And over.
So thinking about this, I realize that if I want to play something, I should just get down to brass tacks and play it. I should play it loud and proud and with all the gusto and verve I am capable of. Because I love games. And I want to have those experiences. For me, those experiences are what it’s all about.
So with that, I ask you, why do you think you have a backlog? Or, if you don’t have a backlog, how do you manage it so well? I’d love to hear about it.
And with that, I leave you with one of my favorite photos of our husky, Cloud.
He has no backlog.
Have an excellent weekend, friends. Cheers!