You know what’s really hard? Writing a sensible introduction for a post where you’ll talk about your backlog which contains exactly 1 game. What do you even say about that? It’s like trying to write a joke about a rock – it’s just a fucking rock. There’s nothing to work with.
That said, I still want to participate in #LoveYourBacklog month even if my backlog is microscopic in size. Besides, Kim is a great friend. She’s been supportive both on, and off the blogging front. That’s reason enough to join in the fun.
Though, I will admit to having some confusion about how to start.
The first order of business involves displaying a badge on your blog that is representative of your backlog’s size. However, in Kim’s own post she used a badge for her whole Steam library – not just her backlog. I’m not sure exactly which one to use, so I’ve included the badges for both. Obviously, the smaller badge is for my single game backlog, while the 400+ is for Steam et al.
Kim, feel free to roast me in the comments for not understanding such basic instructions.
Next, there are a handful of questions to answer. This is far more straight forward, so let’s dive straight in.
A game you’re eager to play, but haven’t yet started
I feel like I’m going to end up saying this a lot, but Rollerdrome. I purchased it during the last Steam holiday sale, but haven’t yet started it. I had every intention of doing so, but Hi-Fi Rush stealth dropping at the end of January convinced me to pick up another month of Gamepass. As such, Rollerdrome got sidelined, and will have to wait until my Gamepass subscription expires before I’ll give it the time of day.
A game you’ve started several times but haven’t yet finished
You know, I think I’m going to copy my answer from my 2020 correspondence to #LoveYourBacklog month.
No such game exists.
If I have tried to play a game and decided it wasn’t worth finishing I’ve put it down forever. When I was a younger and didn’t have disposable income I’d often attempt to beat games I’d put down, but I no longer have the luxury of time. As such if a game doesn’t gel with me I try to forget it exists in my library.Me, obviously
Grammatical errors aside, that quote still holds true today. My time is limited. If I don’t enjoy a game, then I will put it down, and never never come back to it. I don’t feel any shame in admitting that either. We’re not obligated to finish every piece of media that we start, and that’s doubly true if we don’t feel like we’re getting anything out of it.
Never feel obligated to finish something because you spent money on it. You can always work for more money. You can’t ever get more time.
The oldest game in terms of release date
I’m going to assume this refers to my entire collection, rather than just my backlog. Besides, you can all infer the answer if it is just about my backlog.
After doing it a bit of digging, it appears the answer to this question is Kirby’s Dream Land for the Gameboy. The game originally released here in North America in August of 1992, which means that it’s almost a full year older than I am. That’s pretty impressive all things considered.
The most recent addition to your library
Children of Silentown. Yes – really.
Silentown was a game I’d had on my radar for a while. I originally played it back in 2020 during a Steam Next Fest, but I don’t know that they were called that yet. Regardless, the hook of the story immediately grabbed me: creatures from the surrounding forest keep stealing people in the dead of night. That’s such a creepy premise, and the macabre visuals tied the whole thing together beautifully.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get on all too well with the actual point & click puzzles in the title. To me, it felt extremely crusty. Modern adventure titles have largely evolved past many of the tropes that Children of Silentown employed, and I found most of it to be an exercise in frustration.
Still – I don’t regret buying, or playing Children of Silentown. Experiences like it are important for challenging existing biases, even if they only end up strengthening them.
The game which has spent the most time on your backlog
Easy – Rollerdrome. Next!
The person responsible for you adding the most entries to your backlog, due to their good recommendations
I’m not really sure. I spent a solid 10 minutes thinking about it, but I don’t really know if I have such a person in my life. Will, Miranda’s younger brother, is probably the best answer I can give. He’ll usually send me trailers, or Steam pages to games he thinks I’d be interested in. Most of his recommendations are pretty good too. I can say that with a degree of certainty because there’s a number of times where I’ll have already played the game before he’s brought it up. I always appreciate the thought though.
There’s my backlog sorted. If it wasn’t already clear, I’ll be playing through Rollerdrome for #MaybeInMarch. Hopefully, this year I actually finish the title before March concludes. I don’t anticipate that will be a problem though, as it seems a lot more up my alley than Virgo Versus the Zodiac, my 2020 #MaybeInMarch pick, was.
I’ll see you in the next one, and stay safe out there.
re: Games to come back to — I’ve certainly found this happening less as time goes by, but there have been nonetheless some pretty big instances of bouncing off a game for whatever reason the first time, then coming back later and just absolutely adoring it.
Dark Souls (2, where I started) was one of those for me actually, and I’d hate to have missed out on that through never giving it another shot.
Nothing to do with a drive to finish my stuff though, Lord knows I have little regard for that. xD
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I kind of wish I had a story not unlike how you gave Dark Souls another shot and came around on it, but like… I usually give games 3-5 hours in the first place. It depends on the type of game, but that gives you a pretty good idea of what you’re in for. If I’m not won over by that point, I kind of feel like that’s not on me anymore, you know? And my gaming time is already limited by , so I aint got time for scuffing around with a title that doesn’t hook me in some way.
No roasting needed. I’ve purposefully left some things vague and open to interpretation, to give everyone some freedom to write about the things they’d like to focus on! I’ll make sure I do a 10- badge for you next year. 😘
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I feel substantially less stupid now. I took the same liberty with some of the responses, which made them far more interesting to answer than they’d have been if I was sticking to my puny 1 game backlog.
I’mma hold you to that. Will laugh if next year I actually have a backlog over 10 games, but that’s not likely. I keep buying less, and less every year during the Steam holiday sale in December, and what’s leftover from that is typically what makes up my backlog in early February.
Yeah, it’s the same here. I’m finding now that I usually only buy games during the Steam sales that I plan on playing in the very near future, so the number is decreasing. I’m also becoming more like you in terms of the second question above – it’s becoming easier to admit when I don’t like something and not feel guilty about putting it to one side.
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