Normally, I’m not ashamed of my video game backlog. Sure, I have an impossible number of games to play, but that just means that I am never bored. Still, I recently did an inventory of how many games I own on How Long to Beat, and it turns out I have about 1,800 games backlogged across all of my systems. That’s…bad, to say the least, and with the holiday sales coming up, I’m worried this number will only get worse.
To try and counter this, I’m going to to institute a 1:1 ratio of games buying for the foreseeable future. Basically, I can only buy new games at the rate that I finish them. This will exclude my monthly game subscriptions, like Playstation Plus, so it still won’t totally fix my backlog problem, but it will at least keep my monthly video game spending down for a while as I work through the games I currently own.
Of course, I have to institute some ground rules here in order to keep myself honest. If I wanted to just finish every tiny game I own, I could easily finish a few dozen games in the span of a week or two. Trying to keep myself from doing that puzzled me for a while, but I think I have a solution. I am going to buy games with similarities to what I have finished. These similarities can be loose, based on genre, game length, or some common attribute between the two titles, but it will prevent me from finishing a two hour game and then buying a sixty hour JRPG.
Finally, since I want to keep myself honest, I will be reporting what I buy, and what I finished in order to allow myself to buy these games. I’ll do checkups every few months, and give mini-reviews of everything I finished, and give the game I bought in exchange, if applicable. I’ve been trying to work out a system to bring reviews back to my blog when I don’t always have enough thoughts to put out a full review of every game I play, and I think some mini-updates every couple of months will work.
This new system is still in flux, so I’ll continue to change and evolve it as needed. The overall goal is that I shrink my backlog over the coming months and years, which means ideally buying less games than I finish, but for now, attempting to hold my backlog number relatively steady will be a step in the right direction.
How do you tackle your backlog? Let me know in the comments below!