An Epic Year On WordPress

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I could really use a song that slowed the flow of time by 30%

Sometimes I wish the Inverted Song of Time from LoZ: Majora’s Mask was real. It’s astonishing, and kind of scary, how fast time goes by. Last September, I started this blog to help me keep track of my nagging backlog problem, and I can’t believe a full year has passed me by since then. I have found an incredible community of talented bloggers here, and I am truly grateful to have digitally met each and every one of you out there! My true purpose for starting this blog in the first place was to connect with interesting people around the world. I’m pleased to say that mission was certainly accomplished.

My secondary mission of actually conquering the backlog of games I’ve accumulated is not going so well. My crushing backlog stats since starting this blog:

Games Shamefully Added: 28 
Games Conquered: 12
Net Battle Progress: -16
Total Games Left To Conquer: 109
Estimated Battle Time Remaining: 87 Days 23 Hours

I have stockpiled enough games to keep me busy until my life’s ultimate Game Over, but there are still tons more games I don’t own and still want to play. This great industry is also continuing to pump out incredible games at a dizzying pace. Video Games just simply take up more time than any other form of entertainment, and I guess it is inevitable that all gamers will be caught up in a backlog war at some point. I’ve learned it’s a never-ending war that’s simply fun to wage. I’m going to keep trying to playthrough every game I possibly can, even though I know my crushing backlog will be the victor.

I have decided to adjust my losing strategy a bit:

  • I’m not going to rush out and buy new releases, unless they come with a fancy Collector’s Edition statue. Modern day games only get less expensive with age. I’ll also make exceptions for games that bring my hype level to max.
  • I’m going to keep prowling eBay, Flea Markets, and Yard Sales for vintage era games/systems. As time flows, these will get rarer so I will let myself snag them while I can.
  • Since it is the 30th Anniversary year of two iconic game franchises, I have created a side quest to playthrough Metroid (NES) and the Legend of Zelda (NES) by the end of this year. This is a smaller quest that actually has a chance of being completed.
  • By using deep meditation techniques, I have learned to quell my inner completionist. I do not need to get a platinum trophy or every achievement point. It doesn’t matter if I beat every level or collect every shiny trinket.  I must focus on simply having fun in a great gaming world before moving on to visit the next.

So yeah, I’m going to start chomping on Green Mushrooms, track down a few more Energy Tanks, and stock up on Phoenix Downs, while I continue my hopelessly fun quest to conquer my near infinite backlog of video games.

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In Other News:

  • A special thanks to iplayedthegame for a third Entertainer Blogger Award nomination! I’m not going to do another post since I’ve had my moments in the spotlight already, but I really appreciate the shout out! iplayedthegame has a wide variety of entertaining thoughts on games of various genres, and he isn’t afraid to admit that some games can beat us. Go check him out if you haven’t already.
  • Backlog be damned, I’ve ordered an Xbox One, and I’ve preordered, and actually intend on playing, ReCore when it comes out. This game look freaking amazing, and one marketing line in particular worked perfectly on me: “From Keiji Inafune the makers of Metroid Prime…” Metroid Prime is on my top ten list of all time favourite games. If even a little bit of talent from that game shines into ReCore, I know it will be an epic adventure. I really can’t wait to wander around the shifting sands of Far Eden with Joule and her loyal Corebot. Hopefully my sky high expectations will be met.

32 thoughts on “An Epic Year On WordPress

  1. Thank you for the shoutout! Well done on getting through as many games as you have too. I know the ever growing backlog problem first hand. It’s even worse with the PS+ and GWG games each month. Are you on howlongtobeat.com by any chance?

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  2. Congrats on hitting one year! And I’m sorry about your backlog stats… I have had to limit myself to keep the backlog from growing, mainly I ask myself “do I want to play this right now?” and if the answer is no, I walk away. It’s definitely helped and I’m getting round to some games I bought a long time ago. Best of luck going forward, just blink and it’ll have been two years, trust me 😉

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  3. Congratulations on the one year anniversary! I’m so happy to have met you on your journey through the arduous backlog. Granted I’ve added more to mine with the help of you and other lovely bloggers, but it’s the price I’m more than willing to pay for such friendships 🙂

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad I met you too. Otherwise, I’d still think Sephiroth was a twisted evil guy, and I probably would have given up on my dream of writing a novel. Oh and I probably would have never got around to watching Stranger Things.

      Other Gamers definitely contribute to the backlog problem, but you’re right, it’s so worth the price 🙂

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      1. Aww! I’m most happy that you decided not to give up on your dream of writing a novel. That to me is way more important than even you thinking Sephiroth isn’t evil (though I’m happy I was persuasive enough to engender that point of view lol), and while Stranger Things is amazing, putting more stories into the world is even more so. ♥♥♥

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  4. Congrats on your first year!
    I think you’ve been very successful at playing that many games, coming from someone who procrastinates so much if I finish 5 games in a year I feel like it’s a miracle xDDD
    I really like what you’re doing here, and I hope you keep cataloging/continue it for many years to come! 😀

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  5. Congrats to you, on your 1st full year! I’m JUST getting to your page and I can’t wait to look at it! Backlogs are my biggest enemy too! I’ve got a document with damn well near 300+ games across my current and previous generations alone. (That’s including digital!) My biggest issue is, I can never just dive into a game I know nothing about. There are a ton of games I’ve got sitting on my consoles that I got for free with xbox live and PS+; yet none of them get touched! Keep going through that backlog and I’ll be sure to follow you along the way!

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  6. Congrats on the anniversary! I actually have an anniversary post in the works as well, as I think we started at the same time! My backlog has also expanded since starting, but I am taking the same path with some of the tips you mentioned, especially with new releases.

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  7. Congrats on the one-year anniversary and the new Xbox One! Here’s to hoping ReCore proves worth it! I love your honest look at your backlog. I like to try and not think too hard about all the games I have bought and not finished… haha.

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  8. Definitely a challenge to work through all those games but it’ll be a fun trip. ReCore is looking good too! 🙂

    I think what’s made it difficult working through my own piles of shame are the promotions and free games… it’s so easy to accumulate digital titles now! I’ve perhaps only played 10% of the freebies from my Xbox Live gold subscription. And then there’s the Steam/GOG.com sales… 😉

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      1. The first time I played Silent Hill 1, I thought I was on a mind altering drug… but I wasn’t. Early, clumsy controls added to the difficulty, and oddly enough the enjoyment.
        Resident Evil is awesome…. the earlier the better! I played Veronica X until I could play it in 5 hours, 20 mins. with no saves.
        Metal gear solid is fantastic, and to this day, I still have a crush on Snake. The last time I saw Snake he was old with an eye patch. He was sexier than ever.
        Blogging takes up much of my gaming time now… and my Art Gowns are my major love.
        Nonetheless, I’ve been looking at new games desperately trying to find something wildly awesome.

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      2. Creepy! I’m a tiny bit sacred to try Silent Hill, but I may get around to it someday.
        Wow, that’s impressive! In that one, I got to Claire to Antarctica before giving up, lol It’s on my list of games I need to go back and finish.
        Metal Gear is a series that I’m missing out on. I haven’t played the games, but I definitely enjoy looking at Mr. Snake.
        I really enjoy reading about the street art on your blog. Most of my gaming time is getting taken over by other things, sadly. The most exciting game for me that’s coming out in the near future is ReCore. Other than that, Last Guardian and Final Fantasy XV look promising.

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  9. Many congrats! I will tell you the same thing I’ve told myself about my own backlog – your backlog is in a way a great metaphor for life: it’s not about the destination so much as enjoying the journey. And sharing that journey here was a great idea!

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