As a collector, it’s important to note what you already own so that you don’t go and buy a duplicate when you see a good deal on something. I mean, sometimes this happens regardless because you are buying a bundle but it’s always good to know what is already in your library. Anyway, I’ve used a variety of different apps over the years to catalog my physical collection but I’ve never had one master list that encompasses all the games I own. So, earlier this year, as I was overhauling and updating my personal rating systems, I set out to catalog all the games that I own both physical and digital.
This was a mistake.
I fully understood that I had, what some would call, “too many games”. But when you are just looking at a singular platform, it doesn’t quite seem as bad. I mean, sure 600+ titles on Xbox or 300+ on Steam is probably too many by themselves but when you put them together, well you get the picture. And the picture is that my collection is ridiculously large (over 2000 games) and my backlog from that (1600+) is likely insurmountable. Especially as I continue to add games to it consistently (I just added Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury last week).
Anyway, when I saw Kim’s post on her site Later Levels about #LoveYourBacklog Month 2021, I felt it made sense to participate. I mean, I already did the hard part of cataloging everything (both on a google sheet and on The Backloggery).
So here I am participating.
The effect that the 2020 apocalypse had on my backlog
Honestly, it probably did it some good. Sure, I continued to buy too many games but I think I finished more games than I purchased due to a challenge from some friends at the tail end of 2019 to finish 100 games in 2020, which I accomplished and you can browse through all 100+ games in the archives of this blog from last year. Additionally, as everywhere was mostly shut down for the majority of the year, I didn’t buy as many physical games at retro stores (because I wasn’t going to them) and this has carried over into this year so far.
The oldest game on my backlog in terms of release date
I have 10 games from 1977 on the Atari 2600 that are on my backlog (mostly from one of those retro-collection consoles that my wife bought me a few years ago). The spirit of this question likely isn’t looking for that as the answer, but what does the release date Air Sea Battle of Blackjack on the 2600 change because the way I own those games is on a clone console? I don’t know. I mean, does the release date for Ms. Pac-Man change from 1981 based on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, or the mini arcade cabinet I have of it?
A game I bought on day one, only to not play it
I mentioned at the top that I recently purchased Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, which just released last week. I haven’t touched it yet because I was working through Spider-Man: Miles Morales and am now working my way through Immortals Fenyx Rising. I’ll be getting to it as soon as I’m done with Immortals though. Less likely to be played soon by me is Hitman 3 and Cyberpunk 2077, both of which I bought at launch but haven’t played. To be fair though, Hitman 3, I mostly bought for my son as he enjoys the series (I’ve not made it past the second level in the first game) and with Cyberpunk 2077, well that release went to hell in a handbasket and I’ve opted to just wait for the Series X version when it comes out later this year. Still… this is a common trend for me and one I’ve been trying to get better at but sometimes spending money makes me feel better so…
The game which has spent the most time on my backlog
This is a hard one to gauge as I have games in my library now that I originally owned, played some of but bounced off, sold/traded, and have ultimately re-added them to my library. Also, with digital items, it is difficult on most of these services to go back to see when I bought what and how long it has been sitting there. So with that in mind, I’ve arbitrarily decided that the game that has been sitting on my backlog the longest is the 2005 PS2 survival horror game, Cold Fear. For one, I don’t think this game has ever actually left my library as it is a game I pull out nearly every year with the intention to play but it sits in a pile until I decide to clean and reorganize the closet again.
The most recent addition to my library
It’s funny, if my car didn’t have a flat tire, I’d have a different answer here as I would have gone to the bank to deposit my winnings from a Playoff Fantasy Football league and immediately I would have bought some stuff on sale that is on my wishlist (that would likely also just sit in my library). But since my car does have a flat tire and I haven’t fixed it yet, the game most recently added was Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury on the Switch, which is next on my to play list after I finish Immortals Fenyx Rising.
The person responsible for adding the most entries to my backlog
Being on a weekly podcast talking about games for the past decade has done me no favors and being as two of my three co-hosts have been with me for that entire time, I have to say they are the most to blame for increasing my library size. So I hold Jeff and Tony responsible for my poor money management skills and immense backlog. Or at least I’m telling myself that.
And so, that’s what the nightmare looks like from my backlog. Maybe in March I will make a genuine effort to move Cold Fear from the “To Play” pile to my desk and actually play it. We’ll see.
What’s your backlog look like?