Paying Off The Backlog Debt

You might remember my exorbitant games backlog and the rules I set myself to reduce it. Time to check if it worked. In some ways it did, it some ways it didn’t.

Since I started this project, I was able to complete only a very underwhelming number of games. I finished 5. They are:

  1. Windosill

  2. Tales of Monkey Island: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal (yes I’m aware it’s not a full game. It counts anyway)

  3. Transformers: War for Cybertron

  4. Starcraft II (of course I will continue playing multi-player but I’ve seen everything single-player has to offer)

  5. Spider (didn’t unlock all secrets and achievements on this one. I don’t think I will)

In return I got Diner Dash for the iPhone. Considering I started in July it will take around a decade to finish my backlog at this speed. Not really the boost I hoped for. On the other hand, I did not buy any new games so the project was successful in this regard at least.

But this could be the reason for the slow start – I simply had no motivation to reduce my backlog yet. I was quite fine playing the games I had (StarCraft 2 and Monster Hunter Tri). Things might change soon. Gran Turismo 5 and Monster Hunter 3rd will be released soon. Also, I’m interested in trying Kinect. I need to finish the next 5 games fast. My current hitlist is:

  1. Diner Dash I’ve got a save on the last restaurant so this could be quick.

  2. Another World I have an ancient password which should be pretty close to the end.

  3. Pilotwings I have some passwords. But I heard that it’s short anyway.

  4. Plants vs. Zombies Again, I have a savegame somewhere in the early fog levels. Shouldn’t take long.

  5. Scribblenauts That should take the longest. I kinda want to beat it anyway because the sequel is out already.

Considering Gran Turismo 5 will be released the day after tomorrow, I somehow doubt I will make it in time. :)

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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