Did your pile become less of a mountain? - 2011 in review

RSPaulette wrote:
trueheart78 wrote:

Now I've just got the Arrival DLC to play sometime soon.

Is this an initial run on "The Arrival," trueheart? It was one of my faves, despite some questionable mechanics...

Yes - only bought 3 DLC items, and did Kasumi & Shadow Broker recently for the first time. Enjoyed them both a lot.

trueheart78 wrote:

Yes - only bought 3 DLC items, and did Kasumi & Shadow Broker recently for the first time. Enjoyed them both a lot.

Awesome -- if you liked those, I'd guess you'll probably like "The Arrival." Those three are probably the ones that stand out the most in my head. I'll be interested to see what you think when you finish it up.

Currently the videogames deal thread is sitting at 272 new posts since I checked it last.

I am finding not visiting it to be of tremendous value (ie, I can get in enough trouble through my own efforts, without additional enabling).

Posting to confirm that last time I read the video game deals thread I bought a game I didn't need.

I also haven't read the deals thread in awhile, nor have I gone shopping for games. All the same, my friend insisted I borrow L.A. Noire, Red Dead Redemption, and Assassin's Creed Brotherhood. I feel bad that they're more or less going straight to the pile.

Also, being poor really helps. Can't afford any new games right now, will be playing from the pile for the next few months. I really wanted DX:HR and Gears3 day 1, but I will live... I think...

Add Resistance 3 and Star Fox 64 3DS to my pile, though they perhaps may get scratched off sooner than other items. I'm really enjoying both so far.

Just wrapped up ME2 as much as I can without a) doing an insane run or b) buying more DLC. 59 of 62 achievements, all the good DLC wrapped up with a character I'll be happy to take into ME3 some day.

The Arrival DLC was good, agree with those upset that it's a solo mission, but see how it leads into 3. Overall, 4 of 5 stars, putting it on par with Shadow Broker. I think my favorite DLC is Kasumi, simply because she stays with you for the entire game. Also, her character is awesome

Edit: Also updated my list with some additions / subtractions. Some items I'm calling completed, and logging my progress through replayed games worth noting in a Noteworthy Unplanned Achievements section.

RSPaulette wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

Addendum E: I should really stop reading the deals thread.

This addendum really needs to be a standard part of the pledge. For reals. This gets me into so much trouble...

And so it came to pass, Clocky's Addendum now joins Trueheart's Quartet of Contemplation as one of the foundations of our 12 month pledge...

Welcome, Slyght!

Also: you really should get Deadly Premonition sooner rather than later. It's great.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Welcome, Slyght!

Also: you really should get Deadly Premonition sooner rather than later. It's great.

Way to help someone beat the pile...

Welcome Slyght, I'll add you into the Google Doc this evening (morning local time now, and avoiding going to work).

Welcome Slyght and best of luck with the pile.

I too have dropped over a hundred dollars on PS2 JRPGs that I won't get around to for years, if ever, so I'm ready to recognize that I have a problem (again) and am making this public pledge:

I will not buy any games except what's on The List until my completion % is back to pre-Bean Dive levels. This list is designed to keep me on the straight and narrow, and NOT allow me to cave (as per Deus Ex and Dead Island).

The List:

  • Skyrim
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Silent Hill HD Collection
  • RAGE
  • Dead Island
  • Bioshock Infinite

Already Pre-ordered:

  • Gears of War 3
  • Deus Ex HR (currently in transit)

Addendum A-F observed and followed.

Addendum G: I shall avoid catch-all threads for the new hotness. Enablement, thine name is enthusiasm for new IPs.

I will also only purchase games from overseas importers, effectively halving my AU$ spend on the above titles, and impeding the ability to impulse buy.

m0nk3yboy wrote:

I too have dropped over a hundred dollars on PS2 JRPGs that I won't get around to for years, if ever, so I'm ready to recognize that I have a problem (again) and am making this public pledge:

I will not buy any games except what's on The List until my completion % is back to pre-Bean Dive levels. This list is designed to keep me on the straight and narrow, and NOT allow me to cave (as per Deus Ex and Dead Island).

The List:

  • Skyrim
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Silent Hill HD Collection
  • RAGE
  • Dead Island
  • Bioshock Infinite

Already Pre-ordered:

  • Gears of War 3
  • Deus Ex HR (currently in transit)

Addendum A-F observed and followed.

Addendum G: I shall avoid catch-all threads for the new hotness. Enablement, thine name is enthusiasm for new IPs.

I will also only purchase games from overseas importers, effectively halving my AU$ spend on the above titles, and impeding the ability to impulse buy.

Of course you could just move house and not tell your pile where you went :).

I find it helps to go through and weed out the games you know you are never going to play. Either you've ground to a halt with them or they were a mistake to buy in the first place (I.e. they aren't the kind of game you enjoy.)

For me the overwhelming urge to buy the 'fantastic' new game that everyone is talking about lasts for a week or two around release time. If I can get through that period then the title concerned becomes an game that I might buy sometime in the future depending on how cheap it gets.

It's easy for me to resist a game at $60.

Drag it down to $35 or less, and all of a sudden I start sweating bullets.

I caved and bought Deus Ex: Human Revolution from Amazon for $35, even though a friend of mine already owns it and can let me borrow it any time.

Cost was an issue, especially with a standard game costing AU$89.95-AU$109.95. Collectors editions 'start' at AU$129.95 and go up from there (as a current example, Arkham City Collectors is retailing for AU$148.00).

This made finding bargains REALLY hard to pass up. I think that is how my pile got so big in the first place. If you see a title for AU$40, it just has to grabbed, as it's the bargain of the century. Knowing that I can now reliably import from the UK, from a reseller that is 'doing the right thing' on pricing makes it a little easier to resist that false panic of if I don't get it now, it will never be at that price again.

Higgledy wrote:

For me the overwhelming urge to buy the 'fantastic' new game that everyone is talking about lasts for a week or two around release time. If I can get through that period then the title concerned becomes a game that I might buy sometime in the future depending on how cheap it gets.

Dead Island is the first game I've actually applied this strategy to. Hell I even managed to talk Clocky out of getting it in the catch all thread. I am still in two minds about getting it 'right now'. I am enjoying deBlob2 too much, and considering I picked that up for AU$18, I couldn't be happier.

I may need to adopt monkeyboy's Addendum G. I'm getting seriously enabled on Dark Souls.

My buddy was asking me what I wanted for Christmas, and I told him "Gears 3". I sure hope I can wait until we meet up around Thanksgiving, when we usually exchange gifts after buying them for each other on Black Friday...

ClockworkHouse wrote:

So, doing the math on this one, I'll need to beat fourteen games to bring the unfinished portion of my pile below 25%. I'm sort of tempted to make up a road map of which fourteen games I'd like to beat and roughly in which order. That might be kind of fun.

Like, with stop signs, and yield signs, and slippery when JRPG?

So, doing the math on this one, I'll need to beat fourteen games to bring the unfinished portion of my pile below 25%. I'm sort of tempted to make up a road map of which fourteen games I'd like to beat and roughly in which order. That might be kind of fun.

Edit: Oh, what the hell. Why not? The road map really gets split into two parts: a handheld track, and a console track. One doesn't really take time from the other.

Handheld track:

  • Zelda 2: The Adventures of Link
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked
  • Metroid
  • Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars

Console track:

  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES
  • Costume Quest
  • Trenched
  • Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
  • Dead Space 2
  • Nier
  • Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom
  • Sin & Punishment: Star Successor

Not set in stone, blah blah blah, but these are the ones in my collection I'd most like to finish sooner rather than later.

Yeah, I've had some games sitting around for half-a-year to a full year, like Dragon Age II, Metro 2033, and Fallout: New Vegas all because I'm not sure I have the time for them. Unfortunately, when I look at the rest of my games, not many scream "only 8 short hours".

ccesarano wrote:

It's easy for me to resist a game at $60.

Drag it down to $35 or less, and all of a sudden I start sweating bullets.

I caved and bought Deus Ex: Human Revolution from Amazon for $35, even though a friend of mine already owns it and can let me borrow it any time.

Agreed. I have seen Disgaea 4 at $35 at a few places and I'm a sucker for RPGs. Unfortunately, those aren't short games usually and my pile progress has slowed trying to chip away at those types of games.

I'm also with monkeyboy--I have many PS2 JRPGs in my pile that are still collecting dust as I find time to get to them.

Since it seems to be the season, I suppose I'll "renew my vows" as well.

Consider the pledge re-signed. Transgressions noted below.

TrueHeart 1 - Current backlog Current unfinished list is 48 games, which apparently accounts for 24.2% of my collection. As a disclaimer, games that are currently borrowed/rented are part of those stats. Currently the borrowed list is short (only things I currently have), but I don't plan to remove those games once I've beaten them, and I will continue to track them in the future, so they will make a larger impact later on.

TrueHeart 2 & 3 - Planned purchases Tracked in the wishlist section of backloggery. The list is:

- Deus Ex: Human Revolution
- Gears or War 3
- Resonance of Fate
- Saints' Row: The Third
- BioShock Infinite (if it comes out this year)
- Diablo 3 (ditto)

GameFly & Lending Clause I have kept the GameFly plan to 1 disc, but I currently have 4 games borrowed. I will not borrow more until I have finished those, at which point I will once again limit it to one at a time.

25% Rule Does this mean 25% of its current size? Let round down and call the number 10 games. I will not add to the pile, except from the above list, until the overall pile is less than 10 games.

Clockwork B - RPGs Same, but expanded to RPGs in general.
Clockwork E - Deals thread: Agreed
Clockwork F - Browsing: Agreed

Thanks for the welcomes! I moved in with my fiance a couple months ago, and not surprisingly, I find I have somewhat less free time as I did before. Over the summer I started setting up rules similar to what a lot of you have been doing for my backlog, and it has helped a lot.

Handheld games are the biggest culprit of my list, making up 12 of the 27 titles. I keep buying them when they're on sale for $10-$15, but I rarely ever make the time to play them. I don't travel often, and in the rare case I know I'll be out and need to bring something to entertain myself, I'll usually default to the Kindle. I'm contemplating removing all the handheld RPG's (6 of the 12 I'd consider an RPG) from my backlog, because I don't think I'm ever going to get around to playing them.

I will occasionally splurge on games, but now that I've got the understanding of what systems I actually play, it's a ton easier to ignore sales for games I want to play, but realize I will never get around to if I were to buy them.

Some of these include FF4 DS, a plethora of PS2 JRPG's, and even some multiplayer-focused 360 games that get boring by myself (Borderlands, etc).

So, I've done my best to not purchase anything I don't know for sure if I will play or not.

I, trueheart78, will do my best to recognize my weaknesses when it comes to game/system purchases. If it's not on the list, I will think 3 times about purchasing it and realize that, in the real world, time to play is a finite resource and my life is too short to spend playing games I'm not committed to.

Good point, trueheart78. I think I need to make a handheld rule for myself:

I, Slyght, will not purchase any games for any handheld gaming system until I have completed every handheld non-RPG game I own. I will not purchase any handheld RPGs until I have completed every handheld RPG game I own, if I ever do. The one exception to this rule is for Mario games.

I have been very weak of late and that, coupled with some great releases/sales, has seen the pile growing to its largest state ever.

When the hell am I going to play all these games!

Hit 50% on FarCry 2 tonight. Up more than 2x from where I was at yesterday (24%). Hoping to wrap this up before I crack open Deus Ex: Human Revolution...