Gaming is a young medium. When compared to literature, film or television, it’s really just in its infancy. Despite this, there are dozens of games that many consider classics that people from newer generations have missed out on. Couple this with the fact games are coming out now more than ever, it’s no wonder why most of us are straddled with what’s commonly referred to as a gaming backlog. These are games that we want to play, but just can’t seem to get around to. This list is six steps to help you conquer your never ending backlog and free yourself of the guilt of having a locker full of games you’ve never played
Make a List
Most of our gaming backlogs are a bit unwieldy to say the least, so keeping a organized list is a must, in order to know just what kind of tasks you have in front of you. Take stock of what games you have and what platform you have them on. If you bought a hundred plus hour RPG on Steam when it was on sale there’s no reason for you to buy it on one of your consoles as well. Being able to see what games you already have sitting in your backlog is a great way not double dip on something you haven’t started yet.
Set a Schedule
When your backlog is staring you in the face it can seem like an insurmountable task. Nevertheless, if you’re willing to take things one level at a time it becomes much more manageable. Look up how long a game is expected to take you and depending on your play style and set aside a certain amount of time at night or during weekends when you can get to it. Chipping away at something might not be the way some games are meant to be played, but knocking out a few mission every night can turn a long single player campaign into something you can complete in a week or so.
You Don’t Have to Play Everything
With more games coming out now than ever, there’s a serious pressure to keep up with and be knowledgable about everything. While there’s nothing wrong with this feeling, it can leave you wanting to play around with new shiny toys instead of picking up some of the tried and true games that are clogging up your backlog. Waiting to play something isn’t a bad idea. In a day and age of games regularly ship broken, waiting for servers to be fixed or bugs to be iron out while you catch up on some old titles you might’ve missed isn’t a bad idea. Plus games typically drop in price not long after their release, so you might be able to save some scratch picking up titles a few months after they come out.
Avoid Time Sinks
Multiplayer games might seem like they don’t require that much of a time investment, especially when it’s just one or two matches at a time. However, the problem with them is they are constantly enticing you to just play one more match. Then before you know it, a weekend has been lost to a 20 hour Call of Duty bender. This goes double for MMOs and RPGs like World of Warcraft or Destiny that require you to never put them down if you want to be on par with the rest of the community. Now this doesn’t mean completely ignoring your friends who just wanna play a few games of Overwatch on the weekend, but dropping everything else to only play one game is a surefire way to make your backlog grow and grow.
You Don’t Have To Do Everything
When most gamers were kids there wasn’t a new game to play every week. You had to do everything in order to spend as much time with a game as you could. You needed to get the full value out of whatever you were playing because Christmas was months away and you couldn’t count on your Aunt Virginia to buy you something new ever time you were forced to hang out with your cousins. This meant doing every optional challenge and searching out all the collectables to stretch games out as much as possible.
Today, when a lot of us are older, with more disposable income, we have the opportunity to play more games. I spite of this, a lot of us are still stuck with this mentality that we have to do everything in a game. Sure, there are some games where hundred-precenting everything doesn’t feel like a job, but unless there’s something that absolutely strikes you about a game, it’s okay to put it down and pick up something else when you finish it.
Drop a Game If You Get Bored
Last but not least, some games on your backlog just might not be for you. Maybe you’re just not as into the genre as you were when you bought it or it’s just not scratching an itch you have right now. Whatever the reason may be, just move on. You should never feel beholden to any form of entertainment. Just because you’ve started something that you’re no longer having fun with, putting it down doesn’t make you any less of a gamer. Don’t stick with something cause it, “gets better 20 hours in,” just cross it off your list and move on if it’s not enticing you. As long as you’re giving something a a fair shake you have nothing to feel guilty about.
These are our tips to helping you complete your backlog. What advice do you have for us trying to eliminate our backlog? What games are in your backlog? Leave your experiences in the comments below.