If one of your hobbies is playing games then you no doubt have a backlog issue. It’s nearly impossible to avoid being as games are released daily and we all purchase things with the intention of playing them but then life gets in the way and then more games are released that we inevitably buy.
I did not have this problem as a kid. I grew up getting just a few games a year at my birthday and Christmas. So, while taking part in the incredibly long wait from Christmas to my birthday (nearly a full eight months), I played what I had and played the hell out of them. There are games from my childhood that going back to I’m boggled by the patience I had.
Anyway, today the wait isn’t a problem. There are often months during the year where I will get more games than I did during an entire year (or two) of my childhood. I suppose some of it is that I couldn’t have every game I wanted as a kid so as an adult, I make sure I want for nothing. Sure, this is probably a crappy way to look at things, and highly irresponsible with my money as well, but it is what it is and now at 40 years old I have more games than I’ll probably ever be able to play.
I’m currently about 1/3 of the way through entering my collection on to How Long to Beat and I stand at 394 games on my backlog. If things stay how they are trending, by the time I get my entire collection logged, I’ll be at over 1000 games on my backlog.
1000 games. That’s a lot. Now let’s get crazier. Let’s say those games are roughly 10 hours a piece on average. We’re looking at 10,000 hours of gameplay. That amounts to over 416 days worth of gameplay. Even if I could play games non-stop with no sleeping, eating, working, whatever else, I still couldn’t finish what is on the list in a year.
So what does one do? Hell if I know but Kim over at LaterLevels and Lightning Ellen over at Livid Lightning suggest that we love our backlogs. Part of their suggestion was to look over our backlogs and nominate four games to fit in to the below categories.
- Game most likely never to be played
- Shortest game
- Longest game
- Game which has spent the most time on the backlog
- The person responsible for adding the most entries to your backlog
Game Most Likely Never to Be Played
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time
Most jRPGs are long and I have a thing about jumping in to a series midstream. I’ve dabbled in Star Ocean previously but I can’t see myself jumping in to play Star Ocean 4 at this point, especially if I don’t play the previous games.
Half Life 2: Lost Coast
I feel weird about even including this because it’s more of a playable tech display than a game but How Long to Beat lists it as a game and says it will take me 23 minutes to finish it.
Divinity: Original Sin
According to How Long to Beat, there are a bunch of strategy games that will take me longer than Divinity: Original Sin, and I’m sure there may be some other jRPGs in my collection that may rival it, but let’s be honest, I’m not dropping 100+ hours in to a strategy game so, right now the 65+ hours for Original Sin seems to be the longest.
Game With Most Time on Backlog
Parasite Eve II
To be fair, I’m not really sure what has been on my backlog the longest but I’m going to say Parasite Eve II. I loved the first game and bought Parasite Eve II when it came out nearly two decades ago. I played the intro sequence and got to the first place I could save and got distracted by something else. I’ve never returned so #MaybeinMarch sounds like a good time to revisit. After replaying the original again fist through.
The Person Most Responsible for My Adding to My Backlog
I’m going to cheat (by naming more than one) and make an unsolicited plug here but hell, it is my blog.
My co-hosts on The Perfectly Sane Show have been the biggest culprits. When you do a weekly podcast for nearly a decade they are going to suggest things and over the past decade I’ve bought tons of games based on their recs that I just haven’t gotten to. Jeff and Tony are dangers to my wallet. Fozzy, Don, Peter, and Earl haven’t been helpful over the years either. Still, I wouldn’t trade them or my backlog for anything.