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.
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.