2012, end of the world, or end of your pile? - the 12 month thread

I'm going to have to make some modification, but basically my list is just about the same as it is in the Google Doc spreadsheet. I might make myself a backloggery account, we'll see.

The good thing is, I told my family I'm doing no more Christmas lists, and none of them even try to be insightful enough to go to the store and do research. I told them before "I only bought this game and this game from September to October, so if you go to GameStop and asked what has released since then, there should be a lot of obvious games that pop up".

Nope. They just throw their hands in the air and say "I don't know what you have!" No seeing X-Men Destiny and thinking "Gee, Chris likes X-Men, and video games, he would like this game!"

...then again, I should be thankful for that. My family hasn't bought me a lame duck like the Iron Man games since...forever.

Picked up Bastion for 600 space bucks - updated post below.

Games in my collection I want to finish/watch the credits roll.

  • Final Fantasy IV (DS)
  • DiRT 3 (360)
  • Fable 2 (360)
  • Final Fantasy XIII (360)
  • Forza Motorsport 3 (360) *
  • Gears of War 3 (360)
  • Rock Band 3 (360) *
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (360) *
  • Bastion (XBLA)
  • Beyond Good & Evil (XBLA)
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (PS2) *
  • Katamari Damacy (PS2) *
  • Torchlight (PC) *
  • StarCraft (PC) *
  • StarCraft Brood Wars (PC)
  • StarCraft 2 (PC) *

Status: 0 of 16 (0%)

* = In Progress
/ = Abandoned / Sold
/ = Finished / Completed

2012 Releases I will be purchasing - list of releases

  • Borderlands 2 (360) - Will await sale pending reviews
  • Diablo 3 (PC) - Pending a potential laptop upgrade, possibly week / day 1
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 (360) - Will await sale pending reviews / Finishing XIII (360)
  • Mass Effect 3 (360) - Will await sale pending reviews, possibly week / day 1
  • Max Payne 3 (360) - Will await sale pending reviews, possibly week / day 1
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (360) - We'll see
  • StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (PC) - Pending a potential laptop upgrade, possibly week / day 1
  • Tomb Raider (360) - Will await sale pending reviews, possibly week / day 1
  • Torchlight II (PC) - Likely during the first sale

Status: 0 of 9 (0%)

2011 and Prior Releases I will be purchasing and at what price - list of releases
These are the games I will restrict myself to when the buying urge comes upon me, and for lower prices than I normally would purchase (unless digital). I will not necessarily buy all of these games.

  • Bastion (XBLA) - $10 or less
  • Batman Arkham City (360) - $25 or less w/ DLC
  • Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation (DS) - $20 or less
  • Driver: San Francisco (360) - $15 or less
  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (360) - $30 or less
  • Forza 4 (360) - $30 or less
  • Minecraft (PC) - $20 or less<
  • Orcs Must Die! (XBLA) - $10 or less
  • Rocksmith (360) - $40 or less

Status: 1 of 9 (11%)

Side Goals

  • Dragon Age 2 (360) - Play through a 2nd time, load up on DLC before I do.
  • Mirrors Edge (360) - Play through a 2nd time.
  • Prince of Persia 2008 (360) - Play through a 2nd time, this time with the Epilogue DLC.

Status: 0 of 3 (0%)

I, trueheart78, solemnly pledge to take part in the Pile of Shame monthly threads. Even if it is just for one game, I will put forth effort to clear my ever-growing pile, one game at a time.

I also pledge to do everything within my ability to restrict my game purchases to those that I've listed, and, if I should falter, will shamefully add them to the pile in full sight of this support group.

Games in my collection I most want to finish/watch the credits roll.

- Lost Odyssey
- Ico/Shadow of the Colossus
- Legend of Zelda: The Skyward Sword
- Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D

Status: 0 of 4 (0%)

Games in my collection I would like to finish/watch the credits roll:

- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
- Dragon Age: Origins: Awakening
- Dragon Age 2
- Donkey Kong Country Returns
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii
- Epic Mickey
- Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment
- Uncharted 2
- Radiant Historia
- Duke Nukem Forever
- Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny

Status: 0 of 11 (0%)

Games That I'd Like to Crack the Plastic Open On and Finish

- DeBlob 2
- Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom
- Dead Rising 2
- Fallout: New Vegas
- Metro 2033
- A Boy and His Blob
- Yakuza 4
- Vanquish
- Metal Gear Solid 4
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution
- Bastion

Status: 0 of 11 (0%)

Total in Current Pile: 0 of 26 (0%)

2012 Releases I will be purchasing - list of releases

- Bioshock Infinite
- Resident Evil: Revelations
- Kid Icarus: Uprising
- Mass Effect 3
- Aliens: Colonial Marines
- Far Cry 3
- Luigi's Mansion 2
- Paper Mario 3DS
- Prey 2
- Silent Hill: Downpour
- South Park: The Game
- Dragon's Dogma
- Xenoblade Chronicles

Status: 0 of 13 (0%)

2011 and Prior Releases I might be purchasing

- Warhammer 40K: Space Marine
- X-Men: Destiny
- Cave Story +
- Cthulu Saves the World
- Trenched
- Costume Quest
- Jurassic Park: The Game
- Back to the Future: The Game
- Mario Sports Mix
- Dungeon Siege 3
- F.E.A.R. 3
- Dead Island
- White Knight Chronicles II
- Valkyria Chronicles
- Rage
- Kirby's Epic Yarn
- Kirby's Return to Dreamland
- Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
- Battlefield 3
- Modern Warfare 3
- Assassin's Creed: Revelations

Status: 0 of 20 (0%)

Other:

- L.A. Noire DLC
- Mass Effect 2 DLC

Status: 0 of 2 (0%)

On-going (Games I doubt I'll ever truly "finish")

- Pokemon White
- Super Mario 3D Land ("beat it", but have the secret world)
- Mario Kart 7
- Demon's Souls
- Dark Souls
- Little Big Planet

Status: 0 of 6 (0%)

This is going to be a strange year. I'm going to be moving in with my friend Luke, and the two of us will likely be dividing games up. Plus, he's got a couple that I'd like to play (I just got him Battlefield 3 for Christmas, so I probably won't actually be buying it myself). So who knows what games I'll actually buy.

At the same time, the 2011 and prior list is not an actual game-plan. Those are games that, if the price is right and the mood strikes me, I might pick up. First, I'd like to make a dent in my pile. Get rid of some games.

Games will transfer from the "plastic" to the "want to beat" category, most likely, but some games, like Fallout: New Vegas, may be moved to the "never beat" pile due to their nature.

Oh, A Boy and His Blob, assuming it's the Wii remake, is a really good one.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Oh, A Boy and His Blob, assuming it's the Wii remake, is a really good one.

So I've heard, but gaming on the Wii when your game system is being used as a family console is a pain in the ass.

I just realized I should have gotten my family a replacement Wii for when I move out. That would have been a fine Christmas present.

BTW Cesarano, I played through the first level of De Blob 2 (PS3) and loved it just like the original. Except that I actually missed the waggle to jump / smash things.

I haven't played the original, so I'm going in blind with the Xbox 360 version.

Seeing as I've been having a lot of fun with Mario 3D Land and such, maybe I should pop that game in next instead of Vanquish or Dead Rising 2.

I haven't played de Blob 2, but I threw a good three or four hours at the original and just couldn't understand the appeal. As a platformer, it just wasn't what gets me excited, I guess. Partly because of GTASC, I'll be breaking out Vanquish come the first of January, and I think SallyNasty is, too, if you want to chat with about it, ccesarano.

Quick, someone talk me out of getting Costume Quest.

You have 309 games you've never even played. You could play one new game a day and almost make it to the next Steam Christmas Sale, when Costume Quest will be as cheap or cheaper.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I haven't played de Blob 2, but I threw a good three or four hours at the original and just couldn't understand the appeal. As a platformer, it just wasn't what gets me excited, I guess. Partly because of GTASC, I'll be breaking out Vanquish come the first of January, and I think SallyNasty is, too, if you want to chat with about it, ccesarano.

Yah that would be fun if a bunch of us played vanquish at the same time.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

You have 309 games you've never even played. You could play one new game a day and almost make it to the next Steam Christmas Sale, when Costume Quest will be as cheap or cheaper.

But.... but.... Ok you're right.

SallyNasty wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

I haven't played de Blob 2, but I threw a good three or four hours at the original and just couldn't understand the appeal. As a platformer, it just wasn't what gets me excited, I guess. Partly because of GTASC, I'll be breaking out Vanquish come the first of January, and I think SallyNasty is, too, if you want to chat with about it, ccesarano.

Yah that would be fun if a bunch of us played vanquish at the same time.

Starting January 1st, eh? I might have to start January 2nd, but sounds like a plan.

ccesarano wrote:
SallyNasty wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

I haven't played de Blob 2, but I threw a good three or four hours at the original and just couldn't understand the appeal. As a platformer, it just wasn't what gets me excited, I guess. Partly because of GTASC, I'll be breaking out Vanquish come the first of January, and I think SallyNasty is, too, if you want to chat with about it, ccesarano.

Yah that would be fun if a bunch of us played vanquish at the same time.

Starting January 1st, eh? I might have to start January 2nd, but sounds like a plan.

Add me to that Vanquish action too. Looks like we might have already picked Hemidal's game of the month for January

shoptroll wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

You have 309 games you've never even played. You could play one new game a day and almost make it to the next Steam Christmas Sale, when Costume Quest will be as cheap or cheaper.

But.... but.... Ok you're right.

In case you've wandered away, thought about it, and decided that a new game a day until October 24th of next year isn't that bad, consider this: if each of your unfinished games was in a standard console clamshell and you stacked them all on top of each other, your literal pile of games would be just over 15 feet tall. That's one and a half stories!

For the sake of the pile, stop reading the Steam sale thread.

Spoiler:

This is a fun game! Aus_TBird's pile? That behemoth of a thing? Yeah, just shy of 60 feet tall. Holy mother of God.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

In case you've wandered away, thought about it, and decided that a new game a day until October 24th of next year isn't that bad, consider this: if each of your unfinished games was in a standard console clamshell and you stacked them all on top of each other, your literal pile of games would be just over 15 feet tall. That's one and a half stories!

Fortunately, most of the pile is the result of Steam and Humble Bundle binges, so it's probably closer to 10 feet tall. *belches* The console and handheld piles aren't nearly as bad.

For the sake of the pile, stop reading the Steam sale thread.

ever! It's like a strip club: all looky-looky and no touchy :p

Videogames deal thread stands at 809 unread, and I have tagged the Steam holiday chatter thread, but not ventured in there (1691 not read).

BUT, it seems Microsoft is getting ideas from Gabe. Now there is a countdown to 2012 special running through the dashboard!?!? And Rock of Ages is DotW.

AAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRGH! WHY DO YOU TEMPT ME SO!

Oddly enough, there isn't much I plan to buy during these sales. My presents are done, and I've played about everything digital I care about (and I don't play PC games much, either, so safe from the Steam monster).

I even signed up for a $1 2-game month from GameFly and in my queue sit 3 games, all of which are in my "want to play from 2011" list. And none of them have shipped, either!

I did pick up Bastion because it was on my list and hit the price point dead-on ($7.50). Holding firm so far, though the first day of the Steam sale was really tough.

Grabbed Pyschonauts from the sale since I already own the GoG version and the Steam one received some new fangled gameplay tweaks that should make it a little more palatable from what I've heard. Will probably grab the Defense Grid: Awakening DLC at some point during the sale since I've played enough of that game to know I'll probably tear into the DLC anyways once I'm done with the vanilla campaign.

So far that's a net change of +2 to the Backloggery, but nothing I wasn't already planning on beating next year anyways.

EDIT: I think I might be a poster boy for the pile. I can't figure out how I ended up with a spare copy of Atom Zombie Smasher in my Steam inventory :\

I finally started to wear out Mario 3D Land, and I wasn't up to diving back into Devil Survivor, so I got Cave Story 3D.

shoptroll wrote:

EDIT: I think I might be a poster boy for the pile. I can't figure out how I ended up with a spare copy of Atom Zombie Smasher in my Steam inventory :

LOL

Kamakazi010654 wrote:

LOL

I think I figured it out, although I'm not sure why I got a gift from a Humble Bundle, they don't usually add gifts to your account for games you already own. Weird.

Just received in the mail the following;

Xmen; Destiny
Lego Pirates of the Caribbean
Cars 2
Thor
Captain America
Power Up Heroes
Rise of Nightmares

Christmas Sales, and the promise of easy scores for the GTASC where the prime motivators. That and having 'more to trade' for next year's plan of limited purchases. I think I'm doing it wrong...

Guess I better do the walk of shame over to the Backloggery again...

Those are on my buy cheap list as well.

Captain America was really fun and solid for a movie tie in. It follows its own plot - but I really liked it.

I think, until January, I'm going to try and make a dent in either Duke Nukem Forever or Uncharted 2. I'm not really enjoying either game, but at the very least I can trade in Uncharted 2 when I'm done.

Still going to keep Duke Nukem Forever for "collection" purposes.

ccesarano wrote:

Still going to keep Duke Nukem Forever for "collection" purposes.

Could be worse. I still have Friday the 13th in my NES library because I refuse to get rid of games.

ccesarano wrote:

I think, until January, I'm going to try and make a dent in either Duke Nukem Forever or Uncharted 2. I'm not really enjoying either game, but at the very least I can trade in Uncharted 2 when I'm done.

Still going to keep Duke Nukem Forever for "collection" purposes.

That's a head-scratcher for me: if you're not enjoying them, why are you playing them? Looking at your list, it's not like you don't have other games to play instead.

Life is too short to play games that you don't enjoy.

trueheart78 wrote:

Life is too short to play games that you don't enjoy.

Trueheart's Truism.