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Love Your Backlog – Can I Clear It?

Well well, another trend sweeping my niche!

I usually get to these at my own pace and my own time rather than when everyone else does it. Seeing Kim’s post and a few others about their backlogs, how about I join the fun?

Backlogs remind me of Steam’s Spring Cleaning event where they encourage you to clear a backlog and what I loved about Kim’s post was her encouragement given for us to see backlogs in a positive light. The truth is I also didn’t think I would be able to participate at all because my Steam library sits at only 64 games right now, but I’m sure I still can come up with something. It won’t be much though.

A game you’re eager to play but haven’t started

My backlog is actually not that large now that I look at it. But there is a game called Flower that I would like to try.

It looks like such a beautiful relaxing game where you let the wind take you to discover new places. I don’t even know what its purpose is. I just think it’ll be a lovely experience. It probably isn’t a very long game but I might still enjoy it regardless. Hell, I picked up Refunct, and it was a very short game, but it was fun and relaxing too. I haven’t touched it yet because I was too engrossed in Slime Rancher and Stardew Valley, but now that I’m running out of things to do on those two, now might be a good time to pick it up.

Another is the Middle-Earth games, they look really good, especially the first one. I bought Shadow of Mordor on sale but my old computer couldn’t run it, so it just sat there while I saved up for a new desktop. It’s on my to-play list sometime after the series I’m currently playing.

Game you’ve started several times but never finished

KOTOR 1 and 2. I don’t know why, I just can’t do it.

The first game is one thing being it has this un-skippable mini game where you take control of the ship’s turret and the keyboard controls are AWFUL. I tried to install a mod that allowed me to bypass it, but it didn’t work. So I pretty much gave up due to frustration, it collects dust now and I have so many hours on it, but it’s never been completed.

The second game was combat-related and I felt like I just rage-quit.

The most recent addition to your library?

Well, it’s actually two adds: Call of Cthulhu and Darksiders Genesis. I bought them during the 2019 Steam Holiday sale but it’ll be some time before I even play them since I’m only starting the 2nd DS game and CoC will have to be at least after I finish the DS series. If I’m playing a story-rich game that takes up more than 10GB of space, I like to do one at a time.

I’ve got a new interest in Lovecraftian horror and I have read several of his stories already, so this’ll be interesting. The other I heard has a different approach than the other three games, but I will still give it a chance.

The game which has spent the most time in your backlog

Probably Portal 2, Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisen, and Halo: Spartan Strike

I don’t know what possessed me to buy the first, like was it influence from my friends and their nonstop chatter about it back in the day? Probably.

The second, I can’t even remember since it’s been there for so long, maybe I saw it years ago and thought it looked interesting so I bought it, but then I got sidetracked.

The last, well I played Spartan Assault that has a similar gameplay and it just didn’t cut it for me so I never bothered giving that one a try.

The original version of the first Darksiders will likely suffer the same fate of going by untouched since I played and completed its remastered counterpart and found it to be the exact experience I was looking for; if I don’t count the times War suddenly fell off the map in the middle of a fight twice in my play-through. I also chose it over the original because I thought it would run with less bugs and crashes on my computer (it was apparently made for PC where the original wasn’t). I had intended to buy only the remaster, but it gave me the original with it. I don’t think the original could deliver the same experience I am looking for in terms of graphics and gameplay so yeah, there it goes.

Whenever there’s games sitting in my backlog for more than a year and I don’t think I will ever play them, I just hide them from my library, tragic really but sometimes it needs to be done if the interest I have in them is no longer present, or I’ve played a remastered version and am too attached to it to try the original that may not give me the same memorable experience I got from the former.

The person responsible for adding the most entries to your backlog

Me. Duh.

When I first started PC gaming, I would buy random games that caught my eye and then I wouldn’t play them right away because I got sidetracked with other hobbies or games I was currently playing.

Some of those games I eventually picked up, while others just sat there without being played at all. Now, I’m even more selective with what I buy so I’m not always getting a massive backlog that needs to be cleared!

That’s my backlog in a nutshell right now. Not as impressive compared to some of the other posts I’ve read but a backlog is a backlog right?

đź‘˝Emily

5 thoughts on “Love Your Backlog – Can I Clear It?”

  1. Oh I’m glad you’re getting into Lovecraft, sadly many video games don’t translate well. There’s a reason Lovecraftian tales have such a fear of the ‘other’ considering his racist beliefs. And few games manage to catch that. Oddly it’s often games that aren’t labelled Lovecraftian that are perhaps the most close to his cosmic horror, games like Sunless Sea and Sunless Skies or Amnesia.
    The upside to having a smaller library is no buyer’s remorse! As much as I’ve loved redigitising my library, I wonder if I’ll ever manage to play the old classics again.

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    1. I’d rather not let political correctness get in the way of me enjoying a video game inspired by his work, even if the games manage to highlight it. I got this book for Christmas called the Necronomicon which has a ton of his stories within it. The last good one I read was “The Music of Erich Zann” Sunless Skies I hope to check out but what concerns me is its resemblance to Master of Orion and that game was a let down for me.

      Yes exactly, I think it depends on what those classics require to run and that always concerns me. The last time I played DAI was on my old computer and now I have a new one and I’m hoping it’ll run just as well, I’ll be devastated if it doesn’t.

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