Following on from discussion in Hemidal's monthly pile thread, some of us repeat offenders decided 2011 would be The Year of the Pile.
Starting Jan 01, and with the help of this thread, we will be committing to a reduction in what has now become our mountains of shame. This thread is designed to support those who need it, and complement Hemidal's awesome efforts in the regular, monthly, pile of shame threads. Given that this is something new, I think we can be pretty fluid with how this runs for (hopefully) the full 12 months and if it proves successful, repeat it for as long as we need it.
Based on the comprehensive nature of TrueHeart's first post (it was only fitting), a Google Doc has been set up to track our commitment to the 12 months ahead.
Anyone using this link can edit the spreadsheet. Feel free to add any additional columns, etc, it is a tool for us all.
I'd also like to see if we can use existing systems to help us all out. I noticed a few of us have backloggery links in signatures, but they seem to have been 'updating' for a while now, so it may stop new registers such as myself for a while.
REMEMBER: This doesn't replace Hemidal's monthly thread, it just complements it for those of us that want that long term plan in place, some realistic dissenablement and to stop the impulse purchases (links will be added for each monthly pile thread here).
There's Plenty of Pile for Everyone
Forget Flowers, Give the Gift of Pile
Pile of Shame March Madness
The Pile's Empty... April's Fools!
Grab What You Can from the Pile and Don't Strain Yourself
Time Flies When You're Playing in the Pile
Freedom From the Pile
Beat the Heat, Clear the Pile
September: The Clock is Ticking, is the Pile Shrinking?
TrueHeart's Quartet of Contemplation (answer these in the same post please)
Hemidal's Law: Anything that can be added to the pile will be added to the pile.
I love the pile of shame threads, but I'm contemplating starting a support group of sorts that goes hand-in-hand with it.
It would comprise of 4 parts:
1. Listing the games in our collections that we want to finish.
2. Looking forward to the game releases for the year/months ahead and taking note of the games that we're going to buy and at what price.
3. Looking behind to the previously released games and take notes of the games we're going to buy and at what price.
4. Committing to certain games via and making sure we take part in the Pile of Shame threads.
Clockwork's Addendum (alternatively known as the remedy for recurring transgressions). Amend where needed for your own demons
I will not buy any games except what's on The List until the unfinished portion of my collection is at or below 25%.
Addendum A: I will not sell any game from my pile until I've completed it or have determined that I couldn't possibly drag myself through the rest.
Addendum B: I will sure as sin not buy any more JRPGs until I've finished the seven that I already own or am borrowing.
Addendum C: Any new Metroid games announced will automatically be added to The List. Likewise, a North American release of Xenoblade Chronicles will be added.
Addendum D: Exceptions may be granted for Windows Phone 7 and/or 3DS games provided that I've beaten and/or completed the games I already own. I don't really have piles for those platforms and don't want to punish them for my Xbox Live Arcade-related indiscretions.
Addendum E: I should really stop reading the deals thread.
Addendum F: As I won't be buying games that aren't on The List, I won't shop for games online or in stores. Not even "just to browse" as that way lies madness.
If we follow these four guiding principles, we should be able to get through the year with minimal pile bloating, and have some extra 'green' in our back pocket for the end of year Steam sale for 2011 (just kidding)!