Should we be beholden to our gaming backlogs?

It’s such a modern day phenomenon that we have so much entertainment at our disposal that there will never be enough time in our life to even make a dent in consuming it. And it’s one thing when stuff is out there to be accessed or purchased at a later date, but it’s another thing entirely if you’ve actually spent money to buy something you’ve yet to read, watch, or play.

Gaming backlogs have become so prominent because of all of the huge sales that digital platforms like GOG and Steam like to do. There’s a fleeting satisfaction of going on a cheap spending spree to pick up scads of titles, you know, to play later on. And then a backlog is born, growing from a half-dozen titles to a mountain of guilt bearing down on you.

But how do we get through our backlogs when we’re more comfortable playing familiar games and don’t have the time to do it anyway?

I’m right there with you, pal. I might not have the most ridiculously large backlog, but it’s in the hundreds. I snap up free Epic Store titles every week, used to splurge on GOG sales, and never quite seem to make enough time to sift through them.

Originally, this was going to be a strategy guide for getting through a backlog, but there are tons of those out there — and I don’t think I’m really the best person to ask for this anyway. It’d make me a bit of a hypocrite, I think. There are going to be games in my backlog that will go on being untouched on the day of my death, and I’m absolutely cool with that. I’m certainly not going to let this become a source of guilt and pressure.

Personally, what I’ve done is made a document that’s full of lists. I have a list of movies to watch, a list of purchased books to read, a list of purchased audiobooks to listen to, and all of the games on my backlog that I might be interested in at some point. If I get to a place where I’m read to watch a movie, read a book, or play a game, I’ll look down these lists for one that strikes my fancy or simply take the next one.

I do have a standing appointment on my calendar on Saturdays to try out a game from the backlog and blog about it, but it’s usually one of the first thing that gets ignored and bumped off when I’m doing stuff that day.

And I feel that I’m getting my money’s worth with GOG, at least, because I’ve played more than 60 titles to blog about them — some at great length — which is probably more than what a lot of people do.

So no, we should never let entertainment — including games — become some sort of created master or Italian grandmother crossing her arms and projecting guilt until you do what it says. I’m the master of my stuff, and it can just sit there quietly until or unless I’m interested in it.

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