How do you manage your games backlog?


For me it’s sometimes hard to believe that there was a time in my life where I had one game for three months before I could squeeze a whopping R80 out of my mother to buy me one more of those coloured NES knockoff games. Back then I’d dream about a world where I’m all but consumed by games, games and more games. Now I’m there and I long for the day I had one game for three months and knew everything about the game like the back of my hand.

Though I’m in the industry today this ‘backlog issue’ started on the PS1 years ago and it’s only escalated since. You buy a bunch of games on day one with good intentions, and “you’re going to play the crap out of that game”. It never happens. These days I generally play until I see the credits and never give a game the time it deserves, as I then move on to the next title. In 2013 I finished 54 games and just about cleared my backlog and now I’m back where I was. It’s just something that I can’t seem to shake. I’m a sucker for buying something I know I’ll only play in a year or two. Let me not even go into my obsession with retro games and replaying those… Sometimes I’m not sure if I like owning games more than actually playing it. I’ve got to a point where my games (physical and digital) likely extends past my lifetime.

With December and all the holidays incoming it’s always a great time to catch up on your backlog, but, let’s be honest, it’s also a time where you spend much of it with your family. Again, your backlog grows. Looking ahead does not help either. January, February, March and April are already looking busy. So, my question to you is this – how do you deal with your backlog? Have you found the secret recipe? Is it – don’t be a moron and stop buying new games, or are there just so much for choice these days that’s it’s inevitable? You tell us.

Married to a gamer and she kicks my ass at most shooters. If the game is enjoyable I'll play it, no matter the format.

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