Every year I accumulate a bunch of games to play and ultimately never get around to playing them. This creates a substantial backlog of titles just sitting on my shelf, either still in the tightly wrapped plastic or games that I played for an hour or two and just never had the chance to get back in to. This is a common problem for me and it’s one that you’d think would be a welcome problem to have, but is it really? I think not!
Honestly, having a massive backlog is nothing more than a painful reminder of how much money I’ve spent on games I haven’t even had a chance to play yet. I always tell myself that I’ll stop doing this and I’ll complete a game before I pick up the next one, but who am I kidding with that garbage? I’m always going to be the guy who picks up the next great game whether or not I have 2-3 sitting in the pipeline. It sucks. I’m sure a lot of other gamers have been stuck in this same situation; can you imagine how much more cool stuff we could buy if we just showed a little restraint in picking up a game immediately?
Once February hits, we’ll finally be over the two-month window of slow gaming releases that happen every December and January. Usually these two months are great for catching up on games you missed, have been waiting to play, or games you picked up on sale that were released years ago. The problem with this is how many great games were released this past generation and recently for the newest generation of consoles. Instead of pining away at my PlayStation 3 backlog, I’ve already created a backlog of titles on PlayStation 4 I need to complete — Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, Killzone: ShadowFall, Knack, Need for Speed: Rivals, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, and hell, even FIFA 14 and Madden 25.
Where do these developers expect me to find time for all of this? These are all great games that I actually want to play through or enjoy and there just isn’t enough time to do so. It’s even more difficult when you throw a 3-year old into the mix and realize she’s never going to calm down long enough for me to enjoy a game to begin with. I don’t want to sound like someone who is facing the harsh realities of first-world problems, but c’mon!
Hopefully 2014 can be different for gamers like me. Hopefully this year I can show more restraint, keep my wallet closed, and grind my way through title after titles before I create a new backlog of games I can be pissed off about at the end of the year. How do you guys deal with this type of problem? Are you able to just buy games you can play at that moment or are you like me, in that you can’t help but have a backlog of great games you want to play but there just isn’t enough time in the day?