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

I was just thinking the same thing myself.

I'll get it set up this evening. I'll swap this title for this thread to something along the lines of 2011 in review, so we can post our stats for the year for those that want to.

I'll then set up the 2012 thread so we can discuss the finer points of the pile charter (based on consolidation of TrueHeart's quartet of contemplation and Clocky's addendum) and start getting our heads around next year's plan of attack.

2012, end of the world, or end of the pile... YOU DECIDE!

And so it begins.

Link to the 2012 thread for those afraid to click the link

Spoiler:

I PROMISE there are no dancing cats on the other side of that link (from me anyway)

I'm also guessing now is as good a time as any to review what we did and didn't achieve this year (looks upwards to thread title...)

I didn't take place in the program since I didn't have time for gaming for most of the first half of the year, but I am quite pleased with myself and better armed to really dig into the pile in 2012. I significantly reduced my interest and time spent in MMOs, played 3 new releases (Portal 2, DE:HR, Bastion) and 3 pile games (AC1, Bioshock, Trine). Will be interesting to see how well I'll do on the long ones like Dragon Age or Fallout. Wondering if I should focus and try to knock those out one per month during Winter or just spread them out over a quarter and supplement with indie/puzzle games on a monthly basis.

Looking back over the year, I don't know if I did a good job of clearing the pile or if I just did a good job of not adding much more to it. In retrospect, it feels a lot like treading water. I didn't add a whole lot to the pile, but there are some games that are still on the pile that were there at the start of the year. So, that's progress, but it's not what I would have hoped to have seen.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Looking back over the year, I don't know if I did a good job of clearing the pile or if I just did a good job of not adding much more to it. In retrospect, it feels a lot like treading water. I didn't add a whole lot to the pile, but there are some games that are still on the pile that were there at the start of the year. So, that's progress, but it's not what I would have hoped to have seen.

I feel the same, but I think we also need to be aware that this was the first year we really declared the Epic Piles that we have. The clarity of knowing what we have to play, as well as the whole experience in learning where our tastes may lay (or may have changed) has been great.

Quantifiable:
I knocked 16 out of 34 off from my focus list, only gave up on 2 of those (Splinter Cell: Conviction and Half-Life 2).
I obtained 5 of the 9 games I was wanting from 2011, 2 of those being gifts received (Gears3 and DE:HR).
I obtained 2 games from 2011 that weren't on my radar initially (DiRT3 and SR3, both gifts).
I obtained 4 of the 12 games from the 2010 list.

Un-Quantifiable:
I got to 96% completion, achievement-wise, in Dragon Age Origins + Expansion + DLC
I replayed Mass Effect 1 as a FemmeShep Adept and enjoyed it more than the StandardMale I played originally.
I replayed Mass Effect 2 + 3 DLC as my imported FemmeShep Adept, missing only 1 attainable achievement (the insane run).

Bottom Line: So that's 16 cleared off the pile and 11 added to it. There's also a few tentative items on the remaining pile from this year that I've been tempted to forfeit because I don't foresee myself taking the time to care about them anymore.

The Pile is dead. Long live the Pile.

I did a horrible job with my pile, though when I can, I'm going to modify my 2012 pile to not include things like Arcade games. I need to adjust the odds in my favor somehow.

The fortunate thing is, there aren't that many games coming out in 2012 that I'm excited about, so I have more time to be clearing.

The unfortunate thing is, I'm not much in the mood to be playing video games right now.

My pile progress was paltry, at best, but I didn't add much to it. So that's something. Glad to start a new plan and try to make it stick!

ccesarano wrote:

The fortunate thing is, there aren't that many games coming out in 2012 that I'm excited about, so I have more time to be clearing.

That's how I felt at the end of 2010, and there were enough releases in 2011 to keep me decently busy but also allowed me to give some lovin' to replays.

The pile grew this year, but not as big as past years so that's good? I'm at the point where I think I just need to focus on games from the current generation and the previous one and ignore anything older. Otherwise I might as well disconnect from the 'net and be a hermit somewhere with my games in order to clear the pile.

ccesarano wrote:

The fortunate thing is, there aren't that many games coming out in 2012 that I'm excited about, so I have more time to be clearing.

I keep telling myself this and then I made my LIST and yeah... There's at least 10 games I know about arriving next year which doesn't bode well.

trueheart78 wrote:

I think we also need to be aware that this was the first year we really declared the Epic Piles that we have.

This. So many times this.

It was a BIG year for me. Backloggery put it all out in front of me. I was also helped along in 'outing' my pile when the TA Bean Dive took place. Those unfortunate enough to have me on their friend feed over there saw a steady progression of games being started and popped for the better part of 2 weeks.

That was important for me, because it meant I disempowered the pile. I was no longer of the mind set "I really want to play X, but I still have to play Y".

So many of my games were getting bought, and then shelved, sometimes still in plastic, just because of time constraints and not wanting to lose momentum on other titles. I bought a few more than I planned too, but I played a lot more than I'd hoped. I have recognised the 'thrill of the chase, in terms of bargain hunting, and next year I will facilitate this by working to a cash limit on what I can spend on games, rather than actual games themselves. That way, I can truly decide if Day 1 is a real deal, or if I wait 12 moths, get a GotY Edition, and save money on both the title, and the DLC I would have bought separately.

I suppose it depends on how you count progress.

Of the games I started the year with, I think I only have Baldur's Gate 1 and 2, which I keep not getting around to playing, but they are 10 years old, so I don't feel like I'm in a rush. At the start of the year, my pile was mostly 360 games, and I believe I either beat, or officially abandoned every one of them.

However, partially because I made such good progress early in the year, and partially because I bought myself a gaming computer, I decided to splurge and went way overboard, mostly in the steam summer sale, but also a Humble Indie Bundle 3 (which came with HIB 2), and a few 360 games. So, I cleared the pile and replaced it with a bigger one (37 unfinished games right now, 26 of which haven't even been touched).

Some of those games I might abandon (they were part of a bundle, or I've just lost interest) but not many, and a large number of the remaining games are big honking RPGs. I already had a mess of big honking games at the beginning of the year, so I had a personal ban (with a few exceptions) on getting new long games until that sublist was smaller. The generosity of the Goodjer Collective is both a blessing and a curse, however, as I think all except one of those large games currently on my list were gifts from Goodjers during the steam sale. You people are killing me with love! I love this community; it is awesome, but I can't keep up with the new games people insist on gifting me, so I've slashed the steam wishlist way down, and plan to do more (I may wipe it entirely).

One thing I can say, is that I've gotten better about not chasing the new shiny. While I have gotten a few things that weren't on a list, most of my current backlog is leftover from the steam summer sale. I've also stopped paying as much attention to new releases for the most part, and have several times realized that a game has come out only because I see people in the friends list playing it. So that is progress of a sort.

I think my ultimate goal is to get down to a rather small list (like 5, say) of current games, and only play those games that I really enjoy, leaving more time to revisit older games, and enjoy other pursuits as well.

m0nk3yboy wrote:

It was a BIG year for me. Backloggery put it all out in front of me. I was also helped along in 'outing' my pile when the TA Bean Dive took place. Those unfortunate enough to have me on their friend feed over there saw a steady progression of games being started and popped for the better part of 2 weeks.

Truly, that was one of the more ridiculous things I've seen.

Well, I know I don't really fit into the target demographic but I have "finished" (saw credits or didn't want to play anymore) about 30 games this year....which means other than the following three entries I am at Backlog 0, all of these are new games for me.

Deus Ex HR: Bought on Black Friday, about 75% done or round and abouts, honestly I am not a big fan but can see while people like it.

Skyrim and Battlefield 3: Both bought on release, current hour count is about 60 a piece, I consider both of these "unfinishable" where I will probably at least play a few hours of these every week or so for the next year or so and I don't anticipate running out of things to do.

The good news: I knocked off 53 games this year with 2 or 3 more likely by year's end.

The bad news: I bought/received 80 so far (including free games such as the remastered Marathon trinity and several GoG freebies), and haven't even taken part in the Steam sale (except for two Magicka DLC's). This means that 2011 has been significantly worse than 2010 in terms of pile reduction on both fronts. The silver lining is that I've had other worthy things occupying more of my gaming time.

Minimum # of games beaten in a month: 3 (January, March, June, October, November, December - so far)
Maximum # of games beaten in a month: 8 (April)

Minimum # of games added in a month: 0 (March)
Maximum # of games added in a month: 24 (+4 DLC) (July)
Second worst month: 13 (September)

The list of successes:

Ghostbusters: The Video Game (PC) - 09 January
Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna (PC) - 18 January
Back to the Future 101: It's About Time (PC) - 22 January
Donkey Kong Country (SNES) - 6 February
Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter (PC) - 6 February
Art Style: Orbient (Wiiware) - 16 February
Gargoyle's Quest 2 - The Demon Darkness (NES) - 17 February
Mega Man 4 (NES) - 23 Feb
Metro 2033 (PC) - 27 Feb
P.N.03 (NGC) - 28 Feb
Mega Man 9 (Wiiware) - 13 March
Call of Juarez (PC) - 20 March
Rygar: The Legendary Adventure (PS2) - 25 March
Divine Divinity (PC) - 1 April
Adventures of Lolo III (NES) - 2 April
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES) - 5 April
Cyberball (NES) - 5 April
Transformers (PS2) - 9 April
Jaws (NES) - 10 April
Vindicators (NES) - 10 April
Interstate '76 (PC) - 26 April
Interstate '76: Nitro Pack (PC) - 4 May
Machinarium (PC) - 6 May
Lightweight Ninja (PC) - 10 May
Battlefield Bad Company 2 (PC) - 14 May
SiN (PC) - 25 May
Infinite Space (NDS) - 11 June
Kirby's Adventure (NES) - 13 June
Super C (NES) - 19 June
Heiankyo Alien (Gameboy) - 05 July
Back to the Future 102: Get Tannen! (PC) - 11 July
Back to the Future 103: Citizen Brown (PC) - 12 July
Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES) - 12 July
Back to the Future 104: Double Visions (PC) - 13 July
Back to the Future 105: OUTATIME (PC) - 14 July
Puzzle Agent (PC) - 14 July
Genma Onimusha (XBoX) - 07 August
Quake II (PC) - 10 August
Bioshock (PC) - 27 August
I-Ninja (PS2) - 28 August
Faxanadu (NES) - 1 September
Quake II Mission Pack: The Reckoning (PC) - 9 September
Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies (NDS) - 27 September
Quake II Mission Pack: Ground Zero (PC) - 29 September
Zoda's Revenge: Startropics II (NES) - 5 October
Syberia (PC) - 11 October
Bomberman Generation (NGC) - 20 October
Prince of Persia (2008) (PC) - 10 November
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Gameboy) - 25 November
TRAUMA (PC) - 26 November
Limbo (PC) - 3 December
Magicka (PC) - 3 December
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (DS) - 19 December

Lots of short games in there (8-bit games, Telltale episodes), but also a few monsters which I started from scratch (Infinite Space, Dragon Quest IX, Adventures of Lolo III).

EDIT: 80 new titles, not 90.

AUs_TBirD wrote:

The good news: I knocked off 53 games this year with 2 or 3 more likely by year's end.

Regardless of gains, those losses are impressive, you give me hope...

Cross-posting this from the Finished Games thread, here's what I accomplished this year:

ClockworkHouse wrote:

My list will be shorter:

  • Limbo (XBLA)
  • ilomilo (WP7)
  • Deadly Premonition (360)
  • de Blob Revolution (WP7)
  • The Harvest (WP7)
  • Glow Artisan (WP7)
  • Dante's Inferno (360)
  • Braid (XBLA, replay)
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (360)
  • Flowerz (WP7)
  • Fable Coin Golf (WP7)
  • Max & the Magic Marker (WP7)
  • The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom (XBLA)
  • Dead Space: Ignition (XBLA)
  • Portal 2 (360)
  • Puzzle Quest 2 (WP7)
  • Fable III (360)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (XBLA)
  • Bioshock (360)
  • Bioshock 2 (360)
  • Bioshock 2: Minerva's Den (360)
  • Tinker (PC)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (XBLA)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution (360)
  • ilomilo (XBLA)
  • Costume Quest (XBLA)
  • Costume Quest: Grubbins on Ice (XBLA)
  • Tentacles (WP7)
  • Shadow Complex (XBLA, replay)
  • Zombies!!! (WP7)
  • Batman: Arkham City (360)
  • VVVVVV (PC)
  • Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars (3DS)
  • Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)
  • Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrows (DS)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (DS)
  • Ico (PS2)
  • Zelda II: The Adventures of Link (3DS VC, replay)

I think that's it. I'm very disappointed that I didn't beat a single Wii game this year. For good or for ill, 2011 was the year that I got very involved in the achievement meta-game and prioritized getting achievements on 360, XBLA, and WP7 over finishing games on other platforms.

In that time, I added to the pile and didn't finish:

  • Assassin's Creed 2 (360)
  • Bioshock 2: Protector Trials (360)
  • Dead Space 2 (360)
  • Final Fantasy XIII (360)
  • Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom (360)
  • Vanquish (360)
  • Cave Story 3D (3DS)
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (3DS)
  • Pushmo (3DSWare)
  • Pokémon SoulSilver (DS)
  • Valkyrie Profile: Convenant of the Plume (DS)
  • Persona 3 (PS2)
  • Persona 4 (PS2)
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword (Wii)
  • Lost in Shadow (Wii)
  • Fusion: Sentient (WP7)
  • Bastion (XBLA)
  • Hydrophobia (XBLA)
  • Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter (XBLA)
  • Trenched/Iron Brigade (XBLA)
  • Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (Xbox Originals)

Plus 10 GBA games that I received as part of the 3DS ambassador program and 3 360 games that my friend loaned me that I'm not sure if I'll touch. With those included, I ended the year with 4 more games finished than added to the pile. If you don't include replays, I finished one more game than I added to the pile. So, almost perfect balance.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I'm very disappointed that I didn't beat a single Wii game this year.

Skyward Sword is the only one I did, but it was well worth it.

D'oh! Add two more "failures."

Had the following DS games in my Amazon shopping cart for roughly a year now waiting for a good price, and it just happened:

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride (NDS)
Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation (NDS)

That brings me up to 82 moments of weakness

I didn't always follow my goals to complete certain games, but I made a decent dent in part of the pile so that's good. I think I will be able to get more knocked out with the start of the GTASC and when I get my PS3 repaired.

Two more takedowns in 2011:

GRAW 2 on the PC (not so hot) and Elite Beat Agents on the DS - a game that only people who hate giddy, feel-good fun should avoid.

Impressions here.

Let's see, I knocked 11 items from the pile and dropped 1 (Black Ops). 3 were XBLA, 3 were DLC, and the remaining 5 were full games. I definitely made more progress against this earlier in the year.

Unfortunately I still bought way too many games this year. Most of them I've played at least some of. At least 8 of them I finished. Getting into SW:TOR is not going to help with my tallies for 2011.

Still, I look forward to participating again this year, though I hope to stay more on top of things through the year. Of course, that will depend on how much my job cooperates.

Well, the Steam sale saw me adding 14 games + 2 for Christmas. Somehow I managed to add 53 games this year which is about the same as last year, despite spending about 1/3 of the cash I did last year. I also beat only 21 games as opposed to 30.
On top of everything else this year, I had my first child, (it's been great) and I was occupied with helping out around the house more than usual until he was born on September 8th. So, in terms of completion, I did good. In terms of additions, not so much. At least I kept spending down compared to last year, which also included a new PC, PS3 and TV.