Backlog Be Gone

This has gone too far. I have already written about my Backlog problems. By not being able to resist the Transformers game recently, I realized that I can’t continue like this anymore.

So yesterday evening I started to use to make an inventory of my backlog. One thing lead to another and I ended up also making an inventory of most of the games I own. The results are worrying. I have 213 games. I haven’t beat 117 of them.


Behold! My epic backlog of epicness. Click here to browse it.

As you can see, I have included some of the games I have already finished, but certainly not all. I didn’t include quite a few games that can’t be really beaten (Tetris) or where I don’t really have an intention to beat them (Metropolis Street Racer). And of course, I’m pretty sure I have missed a lot of games.

I knew it was bad but this is REALLY bad. I have to do what we all need to do in some form: buy less new things and enjoy more the stuff I already have. I decided to set some rules to reduce this backlog. I will only allow myself to buy a new game if I am able to remove at least 5 games from this backlog in return.

I’m curious if this will work. I already see a few small loopholes in there, I curious if they will become a problem. Should I find myself exploiting them, I will set up more rules. In any case, I will track my progress here. Wish me strenght.

Krystian Majewski

Krystian Majewski was born in Warsaw and studied design at Köln International School of Design. Before, he was working on a mid-size console project for NEON Studios in Frankfurt. He helped establish a Master course in Game Design and Research at the Cologne Game Lab. Today he teaches Game Design at various institutions and develops independent games.

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