So this morning I saw someone ask on twitter where people’s videogame backlogs come from. I wasn’t absolutely sure how to answer. I have a huge videogame backlog, and I feel like it’s the result of a combination of several factors:
- I have too many options. As a kid, I used to maybe get three games a year. One for my birthday, one for Christmas, and one that I saved up my own money for. That meant that I played those three games over and over again. No backlog. But now I’m a grown man with a little bit of disposable income, and so I sometimes buy three games a month. This means that if a game gets boring at all, if a game does anything to lose my interest, it’s more than easy to move onto the next.
- Sales. I often pick up games on clearance or as part of sales. They’re not games that I am ready to play right then, but it’s hard for me to pass up a good deal.
- Knowledge about the games industry. I think I’m sort of an edge case, because I want to play all of the new stuff while it’s new, even if I don’t realistically have the time for that. If I hear that a game does something new narratively, or twists an old gaming mechanic in a new way, I have to try it out. But since I don’t really have the time to play everything, it usually just gets added to my stack of games waiting to be played.
Today I went through my backlog, and using the website Howlongtobeat.com, I added up how long it would take to finish all of them. You can see the list of games here.
67 Days, 15 Hrs, 35 Mins
Oh god. Yes. That’s 67 * 24 hours + 15 hours. I don’t want to do the math. That’s a lot. And that’s not really counting everything. That’s just to finish the main quests in those games. And some games I didn’t include because I know I’ll never actually play them. And it’s not counting primarily multiplayer games or sports games or things like that. Oh god.
So yeah, I probably shouldn’t buy anymore games for a while. I’m probably good for now.
I mean, besides Bioshock Infinite. I already have that special edition pre-ordered, so let’s be real, you guys.