The stack. The back catalogue. The never ending pile of shame. NovaGamer editors have previously posted their own thoughts and woes on this topic, but I started thinking more and more about managing this growing list of titles I haven’t played or finished in my library. Here are some cool resources I’ve come across when researching what other gamers are doing with their own piles of shame.
1. Steam Completionist – After signing in to your Steam account, this site allows you to track played vs unplayed games, and see a bunch of stats about each game. The site has a bunch of hot swappable drag & drop slots at the top of the page where you can put a game there to track your progress in it. When testing the site functionality, I was sadly reminded I had nearly 100 hours played in Modern Warfare 3. One thing this has me realizing again how many games I’ve filled my Steam library with – and how many I probably won’t ever get to (Thanks to bio2hazard over at Giant Bomb for building this!)
2. The Backloggery – This site allows you to enter games from any system, and assign played statuses like “unfinished”, “mastered”, etc. You get a gamer card that shows off your Uncompleted/Finished/100% Completed scores plus other details. This is one of my favourite finds because I can manually input just the games in my stack to keep a short list of all those games plaguing me.
3. How Long to Beat? – You can find out other users average times to beat games! Got that stack like mine, where Asuras Wrath and Dragons Dogma sit next to each other, wondering which one you should play first? Knowing the length of a game may help decide which one to tackle first. Build a custom list of your own backlog, keep track of time played and help build the list of games.
These sites aside, there are plenty of other ways to manage your backlog. Make a list. While the sites above may help you, you might also get suckered into inputting data instead of playing games. A notepad file, a quick piece of paper or even a whiteboard can keep a list of your titles that you need to finish. I keep a stack of games on top of my media shelf as a reminder of what needs to be played next. Older games at the top, newer at the bottom. Depending on your gaming tastes you may want to mix up the genres (no JRPGs back to back, please!) and be aware of games like World of Warcraft or other MMOs as they are essentially games without an ending. Don’t be afraid to archive an uncompleted game in your collection. Or is it going into the stack? Be smart and play the games that you enjoy. Finally, think before picking up that latest and greatest AAA title. Is it something you’re going to have time to play?
Got tips or tricks for backlog management? Hit the comments and let us know!