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Gaming: The 2010 Backlog

This is the first of a series of posts looking back at my entertainment consumption over 2010. Still to come are posts about games I finished, games I didn’t finish, the films I watched, the DVD backlog, the TV I watched and the books I read. There won’t be a game of the year post because that’s an ongoing project with a long way to go, and instead of starting off with some celebrating I’m going to kick things off with the gaming backlog that, as always, I managed to build up through the year:

Pile of shame.

Click the image for a link to the source.

I’ve mentioned the backlog before on this blog for Project Pile of Shame, an ongoing project (even if I’ve not done much with it for a while) to give all the games I own from this console generation at least two hours of play. With that sizeable backlog already existing you’d think I wouldn’t go through 2010 adding even more purchases to it, yet that’s exactly what has happened.

Here’s a list of every game I bought in 2010 that I haven’t even played, with a brief reason why:

Xbox 360

  • Crackdown 2 – Christmas Gift

PS3

  • Aliens Vs Predator – Christmas Gift

PC (non-Steam)

  • Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Edition – Christmas Gift
  • King’s Bounty: The Legend – Christmas Gift
  • Minecraft – Bought on the last day before the price increased
  • The Sims 3 Late Night – Christmas Gift
  • Zeno Clash – Christmas Gift

PC (Steam)

  • Alpha Protocol – Bought in a sale in November
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent – Bought in a sale in December
  • And Yet it Moves – Bought in a sale in November in the Indie Story Pack (bought primarily for Recettear)
  • The Ball – Bought in a sale in December.
  • Commandos 2 – Bought in a sale in June
  • Commandos 3: Destination Berlin – Bought in a sale in June
  • Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty – Bought in a sale in June
  • Gish – Bought in a sale in November in the Indie Story Pack (bought primarily for Recettear)
  • Jolly Rover – Bought in a sale in November in the Indie Story Pack (bought primarily for Recettear)
  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light – Bought in a sale in December.
  • LeChuck’s Revenge – Monkey Island 2 Special Edition – Bought in a sale in November
  • Puzzle Agent – Bought in a sale in November in the Indie Story Pack (bought primarily for Recettear)
  • Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale – Bought in a sale in November in the Indie Story Pack
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl – Bought in a sale in August
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat – Bought in a sale in August
  • The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition – Bought in November to go with the sequel
  • Serious Sam: The First Encounter Classic (2001) – Bought in a sale in December, mostly for playing co-op with a relative
  • Serious Sam 2: The Second Encounter Classic (2002) – Bought in a sale in December, mostly for playing co-op with a relative
  • Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter – Bought in a sale in December, mostly for playing co-op with a relative
  • Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter – Bought in a sale in December, mostly for playing co-op with a relative
  • X-COM: UFO Defence – Bought in a sale in June
  • X-COM: Terror From the Deep – Bought in a sale in June
  • X-COM: Apocalypse – Bought in a sale in June
  • X-COM: Enforcer – Bought in a sale in June
  • X-COM: Interceptor – Bought in a sale in June

As is clear from the list there are two big contributors to the backlog. The first is Christmas, bringing new games just days before the year’s end and therefore quite excusable. The Christmas haul is dwarfed by Steam though, whose irresistible sales convince people to buy more games than they can play simply because they’re too cheap to pass up (which becomes very questionable logic if the games never get played).

It’s actually a little annoying that I’ve managed to build up such a backlog all over again, despite having made some effort last year to work through the backlog that already existed. It’s ridiculous and I’m tempted to declare that I won’t buy any new games until I’ve worked through most of the above (some of it will have to wait for a PC upgrade), but I don’t expect I’d stick to it. Clearly I don’t have much willpower and this time next year will probably be just as bad. For shame.

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