Clearing My Gaming Backlog
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Clearing My Gaming Backlog

I keep falling into this cycle of buying games and not playing them within the same month, or even within a year. Which wouldn't be an issue if it were just casual or adventure games, which I can pick up and put down for bits at a time.
Clearing My Gaming Backlog

And Other New Years Resolutions

(From an older blog)

I have a bad habit of buying games every year, during these big Steam sales. I managed to control my urge to do so last Christmas, though a friend did send me money for Monster Prom 2: Monster Camp. Later that same day, me and my partner played the first game together. I don't foresee myself playing Monster Camp anytime soon, which is another reoccurring issue I have.

I keep falling into this cycle of buying games and not playing them within the same month, or even within a year. Which wouldn't be an issue if it were just casual or adventure games, which I can pick up and put down for bits at a time. But I largely buy visual novels, and those can be time consuming in their own right, as I am a slow reader and many have well over ten hours worth of content. I can also safely say that more than half of my backlog consists of visual novels. Only fifteen of them are not.

And I've got even more visual novels on my Steam wish list! This is only an issue because I buy more than I can read, and I don't devote a wild amount of time to playing these on my off days. Instead, I tend to chip away at my visual novels during lunch breaks, while a majority of my game time happens away from my computer.

Speaking of, I've been playing Fire Emblem: Three Houses lately, and want to pick up Octopath Traveler before doing a second playthrough. And then I want to pursue Blacksad: Under The Skin, Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York, finish Coffee Talk, and — you get it. My Switch backlog is significantly smaller than my Steam library, but I have a real problem here.

I have too many games.

And so, I plan to knock at least twenty (baby steps) out of my log before I even begin to entertain the idea of buying more. Excluding upcoming Switch games like Shin Megami Tensei V or the Nocturne remaster. I specifically want to clear out most of these visual novels. The handful of rpg and strategy games in my backlog concern me far less right now.

Video games aside, I do want to read more (ha!) of my kindle backlog, finish writing my book, publish some of my short stories, and construct the miniature house kit I bought last March. Oh, and find a better paying "job". I'm still wary of leaving my self-inflicted quarantine for an offline job, but there's always gig work I can dabble in.

If I put my mind to it, I can clear two to three visual novels a month, and at least a book or two a month. I'll be tracking my progress online to hold myself accountable.