With the absurdity of Steam sales and amazing deals to be had with all the Bundles, I know that a bunch of us have completely shameful gaming backlogs of games that we own but have never played or even installed.
I've often wanted to have some kind of tracker or tool to keep track of my backlog. Mine is absolutely shameful (not helped by the fact that I either just keep playing TF2, or running through the same few games over and over again), and it extends far beyond PC games on Steam. I have PLAYSTATION 2 games that were bought brand new that are still in the shrinkwrap
. I gave in long ago and admitted that maybe I am a video game collector more than I'm a player.
At any rate, I'm proposing a bit of friendly competition.
Let's work on completing our gaming backlogs on Steam. Stop playing the same games you always play (Ahem, Jackieskyrim), and let's all crack into our library of games we've never played or finished. I propose we go through the list in the most painful and awkward fashion possible—alphabetically—and are not allowed to move to the next game until we are finished (or for games with no ending, 10 hours have been put in/achievements earned).
//EDIT, JUNE 2016: Alphabetical was stupid. Just go through them however you want.
Obviously we won't all be on the same playing field since we'll all have wildly various gaming libraries, but this will be an endurance/painfest for many of us (I'm looking at you, @mertesn
, so we can't "race to the end" or anything like that.
To participate, create an ALLITERATIVELY TITLED THREAD in the Gaming Backlog of Shame forum, with your username (see others for examples), along with a list of games you need to play. You get a badge for participating and another badge for completion.
When you are done with a game, cross it off your list, and write a paragraph or a couple of sentences (a mini-review) of your experience with the game you just beat. Others can egg us on, because there are going to be some painful games... but it doesn't matter how much a game sucks... JUST DO IT (I am REALLY not looking forward to SpaceChem. I am TERRIBLE at that game).
I'm going to start with a game I own on TWO platforms (PS3 and PC), but have never played. Alice: Madness Returns.
//update: Tushon has given a helpful method for listing your games:
To list all your games (you can then subtract whichever ones you want:
-http://steamcommunity.com/id/ YOUR NAME HERE /games?tab=all&xml=1
-Save that file to your desktop or w/e
-Open excel, (turn on developer tools in options), click on developer, import XML. Hit OK on the box
-It will create a bunch of drop down boxes automatically, so you can filter out the ones who already qualify or self filter by deleting rows then copy and paste that column into your personal thread.
Your Steam profile has to be public for this to work