Breaking My Backlog

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Like most gamers my age that have eventually grown up and got jobs that maybe give them some disposable income, I have a problem. I have a huge backlog. Due to things like Steam Sales and Humble Bundles, I’ve quietly amassed a list of games that I haven’t even downloaded yet. So many, I can’t even keep all of them straight. This creates a problem as I tend to forget what I have, and when it comes time to pick a new game to play I either don’t bother to check my games list and just decide I have nothing to play, or I do check my games list and get overwhelmed with choice. Either way, the result is the same. I just decide to just play Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for the 50th time.

Something has to change, or dare I say: Something has to break.

Breaking My Backlog is a semi-regular feature here in which I document the process of playing through my entire backlog. Here on this page, I have include a list of my entire backlog of games I haven’t finished, and as I beat each one I will cross it off of the list and write a brief review of the game itself. In this way, you guys can come along with me on this journey, and maybe learn a little something about me — and yourself — in the process.

Now, like any great quest, stakes are important, so I’ve created a very simple one. I made a pledge: I will not buy another game until I’ve played through my backlog. So, Resident Evil 2: REmake? Unless I’m done with my backlog by January 19th, I will not buy it. What about the new Pokémon game that all the kids are going to play? Well, this kid just might not be able to play it. What about the new Madden game? Well, since I haven’t played a Madden game since 1996, I think it’s safe to say I won’t be playing the new one regardless of the status of my backlog.

I will say this, though: I am allowing myself two caveats to this pledge. First, if the game is free. I do follow a lot of promotional programs like Indie Bundles that sometimes give games away. If this is the case — and it’s not costing me any money — I’ll go ahead and pick it up. The second caveat is gifts: Christmas, birthday, Steam gifts, etc. If someone purchases the game for me, I will accept it also. Again, as long as I’m not spending any of my personal money on it. In both of these cases, I will update the games list to include it, as it will then become part my backlog.

I understand that this may seem like an insurmountable task. Even my wife told me — after I made the pledge — that she didn’t think I could do it. And while she may have just been using reverse psychology to make me more determined, I can’t help but feel more determined in the face of all of this adversity. After all, in addition to stakes, all great adventures also require an antagonist, and in this great journey, my antagonist is… myself. Or my backlog. Or my wife? Is it my wife?

I think I’ve lost the metaphor somewhere.

Screw it. Adventure. Breaking my backlog. Et cetera, et cetera. Join me, won’t you?

Games List:

10 Second Ninja X
7 Grand Steps: What Ancients Begat (Article Link)
A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build
A Story About My Uncle
A Virus Named Tom
ABZÛ
Adam Wolfe
Aegis Defenders
AER
AI War: Fleet Command
Alan Wake
Alan Wake's American Nightmare
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Anachronox
Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura
Automachef
Axiom Verge
Ballistick
BASEBALL STARS 2
Batman: Arkham Knight
Battle Chef Brigade (Article Link)
Beat Hazard
Beneath a Steel Sky
Betrayer
BioShock 2
Bioshock Infinite
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon (Article Link)
Bomber Crew
Broforce
Brütal Legend
Caesar III
Caesar IV
Canyon Capers
Cat Girl Without Salad: Amuse~Bouche
Chicken Assassin: Reloaded
Chroma Squad
City of Brass
Conarium
Cosmic Express
Costume Quest
Crescent Bay
Crossing Souls
Cultist Simulator
Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!
Dark Souls
Darksiders
Day of the Tentacle Remastered
Deadlight: Director's Cut
Dear Esther
Deponia Doomsday
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
DISTRAINT (Article Link)
Downwell
Dragon Quest VII
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen
Drawkanoid (Article Link)
Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition
Dusty Revenge
Electric Highways
Ellipsis
Enter the Gungeon
Everything
Evoland
Fallout
Fallout 2
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood Of Steel
Fatal Fury Special
Fatal Fury Special
Fe
FEZ
Final Fantasy XIII
Final Fantasy XV (Article Link)
Firewatch
For Honor
For The King
Fortune-499
Frederic 2: Evil Strikes Back (Article Link)
Frederic: Resurrection of Music (Article Link)
Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved
Girls Like Robots (Article Link)
GNOG
Gods Will Be Watching
Gomo
GoNNER (Article Link)
Grav
Grim Fandango Remastered
Guacamelee! Complete
Guild of Dungeoneering
Gun Monkeys
Gunpoint
Guns of Icarus Online
Hacknet
Half-Life
Half-Life 2
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast
Half-Life: Blue Shift
Half-Life: Opposing Force
Hand of Fate
Her Story
Hollow Knight
Horizon Zero Dawn
Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore a Fedora
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
Hue (Article Link)
Human Resource Machine
Hyper Light Drifter
Hyperdrive Massacre
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream
InnerSpace
Invisible Inc.
Joggernauts
Jones on Fire
JumpJet Rex
KABOUNCE
Keep in Mind: Remastered
Ken Follett's: The Pillars of the Earth
King's Quest Collection
Kingdom: New Lands
Labyronia RPG
Labyronia RPG 2
Last Day of June
Layers of Fear
Left 4 Dead 2
Legend of Mysteria
Lego Batman Trilogy
Life is Strange
Lisa
Luna's Wandering Stars
Lure of the Temptress
Mable and the Wood
Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim
Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim
Manual Samuel
Mass Effect 3
Master Reboot
Metal Slug 2
Metal Slug 3
Metro 2033
Metroid: Samus Returns
Mini Metro
Minit
Monster Loves You!
Moonlighter
Mount & Blade
Mulaka
Mushroom 11
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
Next Up Hero
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Ninja Pizza Girl
No Time To Explain Remastered
Noir Syndrome
Nuclear Throne
Observer
Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Orwell
Orwell: Ignorance is Strength
Outlast
Overcooked
Overgrowth
Oxenfree
Paper Sorcerer
Perception
Phantasmagoria
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh
Pikuniku
Pillars of Eternity
Poi
Police Quest Collection
Polygoneer
Potatoman Seeks the Troof
Psychonauts
Pulstar
Pumped BMX Pro
Pumped BMX+ (Article Link)
Pyre
Q.U.B.E. - Director's Cut
Q.U.B.E. 2
Quest for Glory Collection
Read Only Memories
Rebel Galaxy
Receiver
République
Retro Game Crunch
Ricochet
Rime
Rituals
Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball
Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken
ROCKETSROCKETSROCKETS
Samurai Shodown II (Article Link)
Sanctum
Sanitarium (Article Link)
Saturday Morning RPG (Article Link)
Secrets of Rætikon
Serial Cleaner
Shadow Warriors 2
Shiftlings
Shutshimi
Sins Of The Demon RPG
Slime Rancher
Smoke and Sacrifice
Snake Pass
Sokobond
SOMA
Song of the Deep
Space Quest Collection
Spirits
Spirits of Xanadu
Sproggiwood
Star Vikings
Stardew Valley
Stealth Bastard Deluxe
Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones
Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure
Stories Untold
Storm of Spears
Strafe
Stranger Things 3: The Game
Streamline
Strife
Subnautica
Summoner
Super Galaxy Squadron EX Turbo (Article Link)
Super Hexagon
Super Meat Boy
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
Surviving Mars
Syberia
Syberia II
System Shock
System Shock 2
Tacoma
Team Indie
Teenagent
The Adventure Pals
The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery
The Blackwell Legacy
The Bridge (Article Link)
The Chosen RPG
The Desolate Hope
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
The End is Nigh
The Escapists
The Fall Part 2: Unbound
The Flame in the Flood
The Journey Down: Chapter One
The King's Bird
The Last Blade
The Last Guardian
The Last of Us
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The Little Acre
The Messenger (Article Link)
The Metronomicon
The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot
The Order of the Thorne: The King's Challenge
The Red Strings Club
The Swapper
The Swords of Ditto
The Tiny Bang Story
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
The Walking Dead: Michonne
The Way
The Witcher
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
The Witness
Thimbleweed Park
Thirty Flights of Loving
This War of Mine
THOR.N
TIMEframe
TimeShift
Tiny Echo
Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider Chronicles
Tomb Raider II
Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft
Tomb Raider: Anniversary
Tomb Raider: Legend
Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness
Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
Tomb Raider: Underworld
Torchlight
Tower of Guns
TWINKLE STAR SPRITES
Tyranny
Tyrian 2000
Untitled Goose Game (Article Link)
Uurnog Uurnlimited
Velocity 2X
VVVVVV
Waking Mars
What Remains of Edith Finch
Whispering Willows
Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap
World of Goo (Article Link)
Xenoblade Chronicles
Yoku's Island Express
Yooka-Laylee

Total Unplayed Backlog: 285