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

ClockworkHouse wrote:

[plots to send shoptroll a Steam gift]

How's Binding of Isaac treating you?

Minarchist wrote:

Not a lot of gaming time to be had lately.

Well it certainly didn't stop you from being a filthy enabler!

Well, sure, but that's in my job description.

Minarchist wrote:

Well, sure, but that's in my job description.


Don't worry Min. Games are like good friends. You might not get to be with them for a while, but when you catch up, you can start up exactly where you left off (as long as the save isn't corrupt/memory card missing and you re-familiarise yourself with the control setup).

Minarchist wrote:

I just updated Backloggery for like the first time in three months!

It's odd: I made such incredible progress the first half of the year, but have really bogged down with some crazy-long games the last few months, and spending a lot of time doing adult things like writing, time with family, job hunting, etc. Not a lot of gaming time to be had lately.

This is like when I look back at June through September. I was going out more, being more social, and focusing on other hobbies. Now that winter has come and the days are short I find myself wanting to do those things less. I want to write instead of draw and I want to play video games instead of spending half my day in the city. Once upon a time I would have felt bad or pathetic, but after listening to the Conference Call where all the hosts with my life experience than I say this stuff just phases in and out, eh, I'm fine with that. So I'll catch up on my pile while I can, because once the clock turns back and the weather heats up I'll probably be a lot more interested in anything other than video games.

And I am fine with that.

November wasn't quite as productive, and thanks to Black Friday and overall weakness I've added more than a few games on. So not much pile progress on the whole.

However, I think I've hit a Clocky style situation. I love Dragon's Dogma. Every time I sit down and play it I have a good time and get sucked in. But after throwing 25 or so hours into it I feel like there's nothing new for me. I got what the game has to offer, so I'm no longer addicted, dying to play more. So when it comes time to play a game, I know I'll enjoy it, but I'd much rather put a new game in.

I've decided I'm not going to force myself to beat the game. If I do, I'll enjoy it a lot less because I'll be doing it as a chore. But this means it won't be coming off my pile any time soon, and truth told, I'm okay with that.

I am curious how I should label NHL 13, though, and if I should separate the Sly Cooper Collection (I'm keeping Ico/Shadow of the Colossus together as they're both evidently pretty short games).

Good to note, though, that I should be done Pokemon White soon!

* == Game I started
Bold == Game I'm actively working on
Strike == Game I've completed

Games in my collection I would like 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
- Bastion
- 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
- Radiant Historia
- X-Men: Destiny
- DeBlob 2
- Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom
- Dead Rising 2
- Fallout: New Vegas
- A Boy and His Blob
- Vanquish
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution
- Pokemon Conquest
- Warhammer 40K: Space Marine
- Resident Evil: Revelations
- Kid Icarus: Uprising
- Mass Effect 3
- I Am Alive
- Xenoblade Chronicles*
- Dragon's Dogma*
- Theatrhythm
- Spec Ops: The Line
- Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
- Assassin's Creed: Revelations
- Darksiders 2
- Mark of the Ninja
- Dishonored
- New Super Mario Bros. 2
- Aliens: Infestation
- El Shaddai
- Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
- Guilty Party
- The Walking Dead
- The Last Story
- Halo 4
- Doom 3 BFG
- Borderlands 2
- Dead Island
- The Sly Cooper Collection

Status: 24 of 48 (50%)


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

Status: 1 of 2 (50%)

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

- Pokemon White
- Super Mario 3D Land
- Mario Kart 7
- Dark Souls
- Little Big Planet
- NHL 13

Status: 1 of 6 (17%)

For November:

Added Sticker Star, Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U
Beaten/Completed: Death Rally (iOS), Kirby's Adventure, Kirby's Dream Land 2

So pile neutral, and it should remain that way until the holiday. Hoping to finish Sticker Star, NSMB U and more of the Kirby Collection before end of the year. Fortunately, I've got some spare vacation days to burn next month so that will help.

If anyone is looking for a motivator to work exclusively through their Xbox 360 pile yell out. We are looking for a fourth member to get in on the Great True Achievement Score Chase for 2013.

I found the weekly score chases very motivating myself, if you like the sound of it, yell out and drop some links in here.

Just to be clear, this is for the 'B' team. We're in it for sh*ts and giggles. The 'A' team is already founded, and shooting for a top 50 finish (out of a field of 100).

ccesarano wrote:

I am curious how I should label NHL 13, though, and if I should separate the Sly Cooper Collection (I'm keeping Ico/Shadow of the Colossus together as they're both evidently pretty short games).

Personally, I've gone back on forth on this kind of thing in the past. Currently though, I have games like that split out. It does make my pile look bigger (which is why I used to list them in a single entry), but it also means I can tackle things in discrete chunks, so it's easier to make progress.

For example, Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition is on my list, and is broken out in 6 distinct entries (base game, the expansion, and 4 alternate, mini-campaigns). I know when I finish the base game, I probably won't want to jump right in the expansion, which I would feel compelled to do if it were one entry.

Let's see, for November:


  • GoldenEye 007
  • Monster Hunter Tri
  • Art Style: Rotozoa


  • Super Paper Mario

I'll try to do better for December. It helps that I'm unlikely to have any money for new games for awhile.

I didn't focus enough actually beat anything. I did play a bunch of stuff though

  • Borderlands 2
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Longest Journey
  • Metroid: Other M
  • Pokemon White 2
  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • Terraria
  • Trine 2

I have been thinking that I might mark Terraria as beaten though. Technically, it is actually beatable (there are bosses), but I don't actually care about that. What I like about Terraria is the mining / exploring and upgrading my equipment so I can mine and explore more effectively. I've already marked it as a Favorite in steam, and I know want to put more time into it, but I have 14 hours now which feels like enough to not consider it a pile game anymore. The main reason I haven't done that yet, is that I'm worried if it isn't on my pile, I won't "allow" myself to play it.

November update!

[size=10]January: Psychoauts, Orcs Must Die!, Bastion, Renegade Ops[/size]

[size=10]February: Trine, Trine 2, And Yet it Moves!, Breath of Death VIII, Cave Story+, Yosumin!, LIMBO, Cthulhu Saves the World[/size]

[size=10]March: NyxQuest, Blade Kitten, I-Fluid, Legend of Zelda: Spirits Tracks[/size]

[size=10]April: Aquaria, SONG SUMMONER, 初音ミク and Future Stars: Project Mirai, Shoot Many Robots[/size]

[size=10]May: Mass Effect, Mega Man ZX[/size]

[size=10]June: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine, Bulletstorm, Puzzle Dimension, Quantum Conundrum, Deus Ex: Human Revolution - The Missing Link, Amnesia: The Dark Descent[/size]

[size=10]July: Q.U.B.E., Auditorium, Lollipop Chainsaw, Mass Effect 2, The Binding of Isaac, Botanicula, NightSky[/size]

[size=10]August: Mega Man 9, Stacking, Jurassic Park: The Game, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Jolly Rover[/size]

[size=10]September: Costume Quest, Beyond Good & Evil, Hacker Evolution, Lume[/size]

[size=10]October: The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, Uplink, Machinarium, Tiny Band Story, Gemini Rue, Borderlands 2, Who's That Flying?!, Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty[/size]

November: Monkey Island 2: Special Edition, Razor2: Hidden Skies, Home, Rock of Ages, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two

[size=10]Removed: Spacechem, Archon: Classic, Lucidity, Mr. Robot, Gish, Bob Came in Pieces, Bad Rats, Sequence, Spectromancer, Your Doodles are Bugged Various pvp games[/size]

Added this year: Home, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, Last Story, Home, Rock of Ages, Orcs Must Die 2, Half Minute Hero, Batman Arkham City, Offspring Fling!, [size=10]初音ミク and Future Stars: Project Mirai, One Piece: Unlimited Cruise SP, Shoot Many Robots, Xenoblade Chronicles, Torchlight 2, Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2, Borderlands 2, Lolipop Chainsaw, Alice: The Madness Returns, L.A. Noire, Cargo – The Quest for Gravity, Grotesque Tactics 2, Sequence, Penumbra Overture, Penumbra Black Plague, Binding of Issac, Alan Wake, Stacking, Costume Quest, Chantelise, Fortune Summoners, Jurassic Park: The Game, Beyond Good & Evil, Q.U.B.E., Botanicula, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, Auditorium, Defense Grid: The Awakening - You Monster DLC, Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty, Pokemon Black 2[/size]

Remaining Pile: 80 (61 beaten, 38 added, 18 removed, Total Pile Change: -39)

That's a grand total change of... -1 game for the pile this month! Darn sales!

At least I have finally played the Half-Life series.

Think I'm going to clean up in December and focus on finishing the two games I've been picking away at for three or more months before I start anything else new. Going to be a challenge, I think...

Yep, it's been 3 months since an update...So far this year: 36 games beaten, 50 added Activity since last update is in bold.

AUs_TBirD wrote:

Credits rolled

  • WWF King of the Ring (GBC) - 2 January
  • Metroid (NES) - 3 January
  • Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge HD (PC) - 27 January
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent (PC) - 1 April
  • Power Blade (NES) - 7 April
  • The Mark of Kri (PS2) - 7 April
  • Chrono Trigger (DS/SNES/PSX) - 30 April
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (GBC) - 18 May
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS1/multi) - 24 July
  • Parappa the Rapper (PS1) - 28 July

Status: 10 of 54 (18.5%)

Unannounced 'beatings.'

  • The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Gamecube) - 2 January
  • Trine (PC) - 5 January
  • Mega Man X (SNES) - 29 January
  • Battle Realms (PC) - 21 February
  • Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter (PC) - 20 March
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PC) - 30 March
  • Teen Agent (PC) - 6 April
  • Costume Quest (with Grubbins on Ice DLC) (PC) - 8 April
  • Portal 2 (PC) - 15 April
  • The Cat & the Coup (PC) - 19 April
  • Unreal Tournament: Black Edition (PC) - 02 May
  • Delta Force: Black Hawk Down (PC) - 05 May
  • Abobo's Big Adventure (PC/Flash) - 11 May - AWESOME!!!
  • Kirby: Canvas Curse (NDS) - 15 July
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Pocket Adventure (NGPC) - 28 July
  • The Legendary Axe (TurboDuo) - 04 August
  • Dear Esther (retail) (PC) - 05 August
  • Dungeon Keeper (PC) - 12 August
  • Breath of Death VII: The Beginning (PC) - 26 August
  • Braid (PC) - 31 August
  • Cthulhu Saves the World (PC) - 16 September
  • Blazing Lazers (TDuo) - 16 September
  • Professor Layton & the Diabolical Box (NDS) - 03 October
  • Ultimate Doom (PC) - 21 October
  • Doom II (PC) - 05 November

Status: 26 of 0

2012 Releases I will be purchasing
Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) - April
Status: 1 of 2 (50%)

2011 and Prior Releases I might purchase on the cheap
Portal 2 (PC) - March
Serious Sam 3: Battle for Earth (PC) - April
LA Noire: Complete Edition (PC) - June
Alice: Madness Returns (PC) - June - gifted to me
Bastion (PC) - July
To the Moon (PC) - September
Dead Island GOTY (PC) - November
Read Dead Redemption GOTY (360) - November
Rayman Origins (PS3) - November
Castle Crashers (PC) - November
Status: 10 of 18 (55.6%)

Side Goal: Whittle the pile down to 70% unfinished

  • 73,5% or 1190 titles as of Dec 22nd, 2011
  • 73,0% or 1182 titles as of February 29, 2012
  • 72,9% or 1186 titles as of April 2, 2012
  • 72,4% or 1186 titles as of May 2, 2012
  • 72,1% or 1189 titles as of July 28th, 2012
  • 72,0% or 1191 titles as of September 2, 2012
  • 71,8% or 1200 titles as of December 1, 2012

Months without any games purchased/received

"Failed" months
March - 7 games purchased/received - only 1 was from the allowed list.
April - 8 games purchased - only 2 were from the allowed list.
May - 3 games purchased/received/free (Abobo) - none from the list.
June - 8 games purchased/received/free from gog.com - 1 from the list
July - 4 games purchased - only 1 was from the allowed list
August - 3 purchased (plus an expansion) - none from the list.
September - 10 games purchased/received/free from gog.com - 1 from the list
November - 5 games purchased/received/free from gog.com - 4 from the list

Games purchased/received in September

  • Diaspora (Battlestar Galactica) (PC) - free
  • Black Mesa (PC) - free
  • The Walking Dead (PC) - All five episodes. Amazon sale.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PC) - Steam sale.
  • To the Moon (PC) - Steam sale.
  • Gotham City Imposters (PC) - free

Games purchased/received in November

  • Dead Island GOTY (PC) - Amazon sale
  • Read Dead Redemption GOTY (360) - Amazon deal
  • Rayman Origins (PS3) - Amazon
  • Castle Crashers (PC) - Steam sale.
  • Spec Ops: The Line (PC) - Amazon deal

I also indulged in the ICO & Shadow of the Colossus collection (own them on PS2), and re-bought MDK 1&2, Freespace + expansion, Die by the Sword & expansion, and Sacrifice on gog.com during their fire sale.

Jan. Feb. Mar. April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. 1st update!

Still not a lot of playtime that happened, but managed to knock out a tiny bit more than last month. It is what it is. At least my played count was higher than my bought count, if only by a little. Saving throw against Steam sale: success! (Yes, it's because I bought everything I wanted during the Steam summer sale. :()

Finished this year (alphabetical by platform)

  • Alpha Protocol [color=blue](360)[/color]
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
  • Dark Souls
  • Dance Central 2
  • Driver: San Francisco [color=red]New this month[/color]
  • El-Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
  • Enchanted Arms
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2
  • Gunslinger
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Lego Batman
  • Once Upon a Monster
  • Project Gotham Racing 3
  • Rayman Origins
  • Botanicula [color=blue](PC)[/color]
  • The Dream Machine (chapters 1-3 so far)
  • Mirror's Edge
  • Quantum Conundrum
  • Tiny Bang Story
  • Torchlight 2 [color=red]New this month[/color]
  • Ys Origin
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia [color=blue](PS3)[/color] [color=red]New this month[/color]
  • LittleBIGPlanet
  • Journey
  • Tales of Graces ƒ [color=red]New this month[/color]
  • Uncharted
  • Uncharted 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword :([color=blue] (Wii)[/color]
  • The Last Story
  • Xenoblade Chronicles
  • Radiant Historia[color=blue] (DS/3DS)[/color]
  • 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors
  • Devil Survivor 2
  • Ocarina of Time: 3D
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star [color=red]New this month[/color]
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
  • Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
  • Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
  • Pushmo
  • SMT: Strange Journey
  • Super Mario 3D Land
  • Persona 3:FES[color=blue] (PS2)[/color]

/ = Abandoned / Sold
/ = Finished / Completed

Currently playing (alphabetical by platform)

  • Bayonetta [color=green]on loan[/color] (aaaalmost done) [color=blue](360)[/color]
  • Final Fantasy XIII...again...
  • Atom Zombie Smasher[color=blue](PC)[/color]
  • Jade Empire (unfortunately on hold until I can get the technical issues sorted out...if I can)
  • Yakuza 4 [color=blue](PS3)[/color]
  • Tales of the Abyss [color=blue] (DS/3DS)[/color]

Games shamefully purchased this month

  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star

I, Minarchist, solemnly pledge to remain incredibly awesome just like I am now. Also, 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.[/quote]

December already...

Current Game: New Super Mario Bros. U

Beaten in November:

  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star
  • The Organ Trail

The List:

  • Final Fantasy XIII
  • Kirby's Epic Yarn
  • Sonic Generations
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2
  • Rhythm Heaven Fever
  • Mass Effect
  • Final Fantasy IV
  • Bastion
  • Fez
  • Xenoblade Chronicles
  • Quantum Conundrum
  • New Super Mario Bros. II
  • Ratchet and Clank
  • Torchlight
  • The Binding of Isaac
  • Diablo III
  • Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
  • 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
  • Okami
  • Borderlands 2
  • Persona 4

December update. Finally got over my MMORPG relapse and banished GW2 and WoW:MOP from my life again. There is just something in my personality that doesn't allow me to play that type of game casually. The thing that baffles me about my brain is, that I have no problem sinking hundreds of hours into MMOs, but am intimidated by an RPG like Dragon Age, Fallout 3 or Saints Row 3rd, because they may be 100h long. Any ideas how to beat that?

For now, I am sticking to stuff that can be played on a casual 15-60 minute basis and doesn't have an elaborate story that I could forget when not playing for a few weeks.

Also removed Darwinia from the list of games to play. I tried to play it many months back and the tutorial and controls being crazy unobtrusive turned me off enough to not care about a game that cost me a buck or two. And sparkleponies was a nice distraction for a day or two, but as someone said before, a joke only carries itself so long.

Luggage wrote:

/ = Abandoned / Finished

Now playing...

  • Borderlands 2 (PC)
  • [color=red]SpaceChem (Steam) (Impulse buy 04/05/12)[/color]
  • [color=blue]Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) (Birthday gift)[/color]
  • [color=red]The Walking Dead (Steam) (Impulse buy 07/20/12)[/color]

Done (one way or another)

  • Advance Wars: Dual Strike (DS) (01/29/12)
  • Assassin's Creed 2 (PS3) (06/21/12)
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3) (07/18/12)
  • Bioshock 2 (Steam) (08/17/12)
  • [color=red]Bioshock 2: Minerva's Den (PC)(Impulse buy 08/18/12)[/color] (08/19/12)
  • Borderlands GOTY (Steam) (08/24/12)
  • Darwinia (Steam) (12/02/12)
  • [color=red]Dear Esther (Steam) (Impulse buy 02/15/12)[/color] (07/31/12)
  • Deus Ex: HR - The Broken Link (PC) (01/06/12)
  • [color=green]Diablo 3 (PC)[/color] (08/19/12)
  • [color=green]Dishonored (PC)[/color] (11/20/12)
  • Dragon Quest IX (DS) (07/18/12)
  • [color=red]Enslaved (PS3) (Impulse buy 04/13/12)[/color] (07/10/12)
  • [color=red]God of War (PS3) (Impulse buy 07/08/12)[/color] (08/29/12)
  • [color=red]Guild Wars 2 (PC) (Impulse buy 08/30/12)[/color] (09/30/12)
  • Mass Effect 2 (PC) (03/06/12) - Replayed it to have my own FemShep for ME3.
  • [color=green]Mass Effect 3 (PC)[/color] (04/03/12)
  • Puzzle Agent (PC) (01/14/12)
  • RAGE (PC) (01/13/12)
  • [color=blue]Secret of the Magic Crystals (Steam) (Gift during summer sale)[/color] (02/02/12)
  • The Witcher 1 (PC) (02/19/12)
  • [color=blue]Thirty Flights Of Loving (Steam) (IT Kickstarter reward)[/color] (08/29/12)
  • [color=red]Uncharted (PS3) (Drunken buy 05/19/12)[/color] (07/30/12)
  • [color=red]WoW: Mists of Pandaria (PC) (Impulse buy 10/05/12)[/color] (12/01/12)

Games I own and plan to play

  • Advance Wars: Days of Ruin (DS)
  • AI WAR: Fleet Command (Steam)
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (PS3)
  • [color=red]Assassin's Creed: Revelations (PS3) (Impulse buy 07/08/12)[/color]
  • [color=blue]Beyond Good & Evil (Steam) (Gift during summer sale)[/color]
  • Chrono Trigger (DS)
  • Dragon Age: Origins - Ultimate Edition (Steam)
  • Dungeon Defenders (Steam)
  • Fallout 3 GOTY (Steam)
  • [color=red]God of War 2 (PS3) (Impulse buy 07/08/12)[/color]
  • Half-Life 2 + Episodes (Steam)
  • [color=red]Heavy Rain (PS3) (Impulse buy 07/08/12)[/color]
  • LIMBO (Steam)
  • [color=blue]Machinarium (Steam) (Gift during winter sale)[/color]
  • [color=blue]MadWorld (Wii) (Birthday gift)[/color]
  • [color=blue]Mario Kart Wii (Wii) (Birthday gift)[/color]
  • [color=blue]No More Heroes (Wii) (Birthday gift)[/color]
  • [color=blue]No More Heroes 2 (Wii) (Birthday gift)[/color]
  • [color=red]Orcs Must Die! (Steam) (Impulse buy 01/02/12)[/color]
  • [color=red]Saints Row: The Third (Steam) (Impulse buy 02/12/12)[/color]
  • [color=blue]Space Pirates And Zombies (Steam) (Gift during winter sale)[/color]
  • STALKER SOC (Steam)
  • [color=blue]Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii) (Birthday gift)[/color]
  • [color=blue]Super Meat Boy (Steam) (Gift during summer sale)[/color]
  • [color=red]The Misadventures of P. B. Winterbottom (Steam) (Impulse buy 07/18/12)[/color]
  • The World Ends With You (DS)
  • Time Gentlemen, Please! (Steam)
  • [color=blue]Trine 2 (Steam) (Gift during summer sale)[/color]
  • [color=red]Uncharted 2 (PS3) (Drunken buy 05/19/12)[/color]
  • VVVVVV (Steam)

Future releases I am considering

  • Bioshock Infinite (PC)
  • Last Of Us (PS3)
  • StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (PC) - If my friends can fully win me over, day 1 purchase.
  • X: Rebirth (PC) - Waiting for a sale, mostly due to Egosoft's history.

Old releases I am eyeing (Wishlist)

  • Alice: Madness Returns (PC)
  • Anno 2070 (PC)
  • Assassin's Creed 3 (PS3)
  • Bayonetta (PS3)
  • Bulletstorm (PC)
  • Dragon Age 2 (PC/PS3)
  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC)
  • Fallout: New Vegas (PC/PS3)
  • Max Payne 3 (PC)
  • Pikmin (Wii)
  • Pikmin 2 (Wii)
  • Puzzle Agent 2 (Steam)
  • Red Dead Redemption (PS3)
  • The Witcher 2 (PC)
  • Torchlight II (PC)

Anyone want to disable me on Primordia? I enjoyed the demo and I'm having trouble talking myself out of a pre-order so I can get a DRM copy and a key for the inevitable Steam version :\

Let's just see if you can disenable yourself. If you can't do it, no one can:

shoptroll wrote:

So we've got two Steam sales approaching. If anyone sees me add a new game to my Steam library or Backloggery (aside from Borderlands 2 DLC or New Super Mario U), please feel free to publicly berate me. My pile will thank you.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Let's just see if you can disenable yourself. If you can't do it, no one can:

shoptroll wrote:

So we've got two Steam sales approaching. If anyone sees me add a new game to my Steam library or Backloggery (aside from Borderlands 2 DLC or New Super Mario U), please feel free to publicly berate me. My pile will thank you.

Nicely played

Started a 3rd Saints Row the Third playthrough last night. Man, this game is just too good. I'll get to Dishonored sometime.

Help, the respective threads here and on IT are enabling me on Farcry 3. Please disable me. Is there maybe some Methadone in my backlog that would scratch a similar itch?

Luggage wrote:

Is there maybe some Methadone in my backlog that would scratch a similar itch?

I see STALKER and Fallout 3 in your backloggery. They're no tropical paradise but they should be open-world enough to scratch the itch. Probably want to do some work getting them modded up first though.

Luggage wrote:

Help, the respective threads here and on IT are enabling me on Farcry 3. Please disable me. Is there maybe some Methadone in my backlog that would scratch a similar itch?

Listen to Shoptroll, but if the itch is that great, wait until the Christmas Steam Sale. It 'might' be cheaper, or the urge may have passed fully by then. Either way, you know you can get it then if you still want to.

If it makes it any easier, I had a similar dilemma with Borderlands 2. I didn't buy it, and now I am looking forward to the inevitable sale on the inevitable game of the year disc with all of the DLC. It's going to be a while off, but it's now on the long term radar, so I can forget about it, and keep working on the pile.

Changing my format some to only list existing games on my pile. I also sorted them by date, so it's more obvious which games have really been sitting around forever (DQ9).

November was a bit of a wash. Got five games knocked out, but also ended up buying just as many.

Games Completed in Nov: Darksiders II, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, Little Inferno, The Walking Dead: Episode 5, Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (5)
Games Added in Nov: Little Inferno, The Walking Dead: Episode 5, GTAIV: The Lost and Damned, GTAIV: The Ballad of Gay Tony, Max Payne 3 (5)
Nov Progress: 0

Games Completed in 2012: 40
Games Abandoned in 2012: 6
Games Added in 2012: 37
2012 Progress: -9

Current Pile Sorted by Date Added:

  • Dragon Quest IX (DS) - Sep 2010
  • Kirby's Epic Yarn (Wii) - Apr 2011
  • Mirror's Edge (PS3) - Jul 2011
  • Tactics Ogre: Let's Cling Together (PSP) - Aug 2011
  • Under A Killing Moon (PC) - Dec 2011
  • Borderlands 2 (PC) - Sep 2012
  • Assassin's Creed III (PS3) - Oct 2012
  • Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle (DS) - Oct 2012
  • To The Moon (PC) - Oct 2012
  • Resident Evil 6 (PS3) - Oct 2012
  • Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned (PS3) - Nov 2012
  • Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony (PS3) - Nov 2012
  • Max Payne 3 (PC) - Nov 2012

As requested, new thread for 2013 is now open, ready for business.


Does that mean this thread can now be used for excessive navel gazing? Because I am so down for that. I'm feeling all kinds of reflective lately.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Does that mean this thread can now be used for excessive navel gazing? Because I am so down for that. I'm feeling all kinds of reflective lately.

Feel free to tell us how awesome you did this year

I'm down with navel gazing although I'm going to try and push through some of my recent purchases before I give a final report.

Kamakazi010654 wrote:

Feel free to tell us how awesome you did this year

I'll gladly counter-balance it with my massive pile of fail

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Does that mean this thread can now be used for excessive navel gazing? Because I am so down for that. I'm feeling all kinds of reflective lately.

That's a thumbs up from me too! Give us your damage, you may just be the poster child for these threads, going forward!

Here's how it breaks down for me: I added 49 new games to the pile this year. Of those games I added, I beat or completed 15 and gave up on 14, leaving 20 unfinished. From my pile last year, I beat 10 games and gave up on 35. If you count giving up on a game as removing it from the pile (and I do), then I'm up 9 games this year alone and 54 games from last year. That's nice progress.

And yet. Adding an average of one game per week is insane and doesn't track with the rate at which I'm actually finishing them. Granted, a number of those new games were gifts in the Steam summer sale or else were console games borrowed from friends. But the overall point is that I'm acquiring way, way too many games and need to knock it off.

The last few months, I've pretty much been too poor to buy games. I've been spending my money on other things and just haven't had a whole lot leftover for games. I've also been gaming a lot less overall and spending more of my free time doing things like reading and playing board games with my wife. And you know what? I've been happier for it, and I'm enjoying video games more now than I have in years.

An unexpected side effect of not being able to buy new games, and spending less time gaming in general, is that I've changed the way that I play. I noticed it first with my 3DS because that's the system where I've had the smallest backlog. When I ran out of new games to play or got tired of the games I had, I couldn't go buy new games that had caught my eye. Instead I replayed games to get all the collectibles or gave second chances to games I'd burned out on and abandoned.

It reminds me of the way I played games as a kid. I'd like to keep that kind of fun and focus going into 2013, and I still might make a few edits to my pile to help make that happen.

I've decided to stop worrying about clearing the pile so much instead of feeling guilty, which is working great for me at the moment. It allows me to feel happier when I'm playing a game like NHL 13, which isn't going to be beaten in a traditional sense. It is there for fun.

I'm replaying Mega Man X for two reasons: 1) I'm recording footage for a video I'm going to create, and 2) it's been so long and the game is still so fun. It's great to go back and enjoy it (of course, it's not a very long game so it's easy to play my fill).

I've gone back and replayed Gears of War 3 with GWJ folks, or dove into Mark of the Ninja a second time, and had a blast.

It's a lot more like playing games when I was younger, where I played for what I was in the mood for. I took the opportunity last night to play The Last Story when I could, but I'm not dying to find any time I can to squeeze it in. I'm enjoying it at my own pace when I know I'll have time to get into it.

I have Borderlands 2 and Doom 3 sitting there, started, not finished, and am okay with that.

I do want to be productive with the pile, but I want to enjoy my games. And so I am.