An Attempt to Go Through My Gaming Backlog
July 17, 2016

Do you guys ever thing about how easy it is to buy games nowadays? There's hundreds of games that can be bought digitally, and with all the bundles, sales, etc. you can get even some of the more well known titles without burning too big of a hole in your pocket. And, with things like Amazon becoming faster and faster with delivery, the process of getting physical copies of games will also speed up. Amazing! The future is now!

...OK, maybe I'm a little slow on realizing this. I don't know why, but I only truly thought of this a week or two ago. Or maybe I was subconsciously aware of it, and just never really paid any attention to it.

Which sorta leaves me to my next point: while it's so easy to just impulse buy games, it takes me so long to finish them! For those of you who weren't aware, there was a Humble Bundle recently, and you could get pretty much every Sonic game (or at least, a lot of them) for $10. I instantly bought it. Now, there's two problems with this decision I made.

1) There's a few games on there that I'm pretty sure wouldn't even work with my computer. I know I should probably get a better computer because I'm missing out on so many games, and my computer can still run a lot of games (sometimes it feels like a draw of hat on whether or not it can run them, though...), but I'm 90% sure that if I even tried to run Generations, my computer would basically explode.

2) I'm really not that big of a fan of Sonic? I don't hate the franchise, but let's put it this way: I bought the bundle almost as soon as I saw it, and almost all I've played are about three levels from Sonic 1 and 2, and the first two stages of Sonic Adventure. Welp.

So, to get to the gist, that's why I'm gonna start posting on this blog! I really want to get through my backlog, not just so I can play more games, but because I feel like I'm wasting my money if I don't. If I don't update this again in the next few weeks, bug me.

To have one short update to getting through my backlog, I'm going through all the titles I've downloaded on my Wii U, so mostly VC + Pikmin 3 and DKC: TF. Not only did I get through Punch Out, I also got through my very first Megaman game, Megaman 3! I...don't really know why I didn't play these games earlier, I really love them! I think it might be because I was playing with the Gamepad. I like the Gamepad, but the Classic Controller Pro feels so much nicer when playing it. A lot of the deaths I had when I started were avoided once I started using it. Now I'm sorta hooked on the series. I'll probably get the Megaman X Collection, that looks good. Then I might get those Battle Net games, and maybe 1 and 2.

...This might be having the opposite affect than what I intended.

StarryPS StarryPS - July 17, 2016 (12:39 AM)
Uhh, I don't really know why I put the "AKA" by itself in my headline...

I should probably go to bed.
honestgamer honestgamer - July 17, 2016 (10:40 AM)
I think about the stuff you mentioned often, and have for a few years now, because my personal gaming library (counting digital) consists of around 2500 titles now. There's no way I'll clear even half of those, and yet I have a hard time resisting the urge to purchase still more. In fact, I typically fail at resisting that urge. Like you said, it's easy to add more games to the collection, and when you can buy a whole bunch of great ones in a bundle for $5 or $10, it feels like it's worth the risk even if you really do end up never playing those games. At least now they're available!
LeVar_Ravel LeVar_Ravel - July 17, 2016 (08:36 PM)
Don't tell yourself you're wasting money. Tell yourself you're just wisely taking advantage of sales to save on games! ;)

We're having the same digital renaissance (and resultant hoarding) in literature, thanks to eBooks. Readily available and often cheap, especially when there's a 99 cent sale or freebie giveaway--such that a lot of customers will hoover up your book while the gettin's good, but they may or may not get around to reading it!
honestgamer honestgamer - July 17, 2016 (09:34 PM)
Yes, the marketplace for books has changed dramatically in the last decade. I keep meaning to look into getting more of my stuff published to take advantage of the new business models. That's what a lot of authors are doing: self-publishing through one service or another, and people are definitely buying. I think I could do quite well for myself now, but when I first published through Xlibris, that was a new thing and the audience wasn't really there in the way that it is now.

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