December 06, 2011
The Journey Begins
Hello, friends. This is my new project/hobby/obsession: the Backlog Journey. I should probably explain exactly what it is, and I certainly will, but in a thoroughly roundabout way. Get used to it now, folks. It's all downhill from here.
A while back I encountered the wonderful site known as Backloggery. Backloggery is a database of sorts that lets you keep a detailed record of all the video games you want to play. "Hey," said past Colin. "That sounds really useful. I'll be able to sort out just how many games I have, and bask in the glory of my collection. Kneel before me." You see, I'm a big sale guy. I love hounding the internet, scooping up games that were $50 back in the day for two or three bucks. But when I started filling in my Backloggery page, I started to realize exactly why the site is called Backloggery.
Two hours and three Dr. Peppers later I was finally aware of just how many games I've bought on the cheap. According to Paypal, I had spent a little more than $400 on Steam and others since I started the account, and I have over 200 games to show for it. That's less than $2.00 per game on average. That's completely nuts. I felt like the most savvy consumer ever; a rich Texan oil baron who just struck dirt cheap crude video games. Yeehaw.
That, obviously, wasn't the big scary depressing revelation. No, that's been spoiled by the graphic at the top of this post. I saw that out of all the games I've bought, I've only beaten 8.1% of them. Even worse, out of the 91.9% I haven't finished 85.7% of them have been almost untouched beyond the tutorials and a few hours mucking about in the first few levels. I probably should have seen it coming. I'm far too flippant and spontaneous to take something and stick to it (excellent blogger qualities I find (sarcasm)). But this is not the time for complaints. I mean, how am I supposed to complain about too much fun to be had? I'm not a monster, just an irresponsible spender.
No, now is the time for course correction. Hence the Backlog Journey. A journey through my enormous backlog. How fitting.