2013 - 12 month pile thread. Hello New Year, good bye pile!

Here's my final update of 2013 since I doubt I'm finishing ye olde King's Quest tonight:

Started:
Nothing!

Resumed:
King's Quest (PC)
Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS)

Beaten:
BioShock Infinite: Clash in the Clouds

100%/Completed:
BioShock Infinite: Clash in the Clouds (I don't consider the Blue Ribbons as part of the 100% because F that noise)

Added to the Pile:
Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman's Mine (PC)
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey (DS)
999: 9 Persons, 9 Hours, 9 Doors (DS)
Katamari Forever (PS3)
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)

I feel like I need a T-Shirt that reads "I beat one piece of DLC in December and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt". The only purchase I made this month was Strange Journey as an impulse buy following the Persona 5 announcement, and the rest were either a Kickstarter bonus (Al Emmo) or Xmas presents. On the bright side, I was able to free up about 30 GB of hard drive space by deleting BioShock: Infinite until next year. That counts for something right?

So I guess this is the point where I do my navel gazing...

Overall I'm happy with how this year turned out. I'm not terribly pleased I failed to keep pile growth in check (more on this later), but I did manage to tie the Backloggery score of last year which at -35 is still my lowest annual score to date. In addition, while I didn't really clear as many games from the pile I feel like I did a good job playing and beating most of the games I bought that were released in 2013.

Here are my takeaways for this year:
1) I need to target fewer pile games for playing/beating. Every year I make this huge list and I fail to come anywhere close to feeling like I'm making progress.
2) I liked having a two tier style system where I have a higher priority game which opens adds a similar but lower priority game after the first one has been beaten. This helped inject some extra options into the list without feeling like I was committing the games in the lower tier
3) I'm a couch co-op kinda guy, and the cat herding involved in organizing online co-op play sessions causes some mild anxiety. I somehow managed to beat Monaco with a lot of help from the community (by playing it at the right time as everyone else) but just couldn't get it together for Magicka let alone Left 4 Dead 2. In the future I need to make sure I buy less co-op games on PC which obviously skew toward online multiplayer. So Magicka is being tossed to the curb because I've tried that in Single Player and found it fairly frustrating but L4D2 will probably get back onto The List at some point since I solo'd the first game without trouble.
4) Humble Indie Bundles are the pile progress killer. In fact, I'd be at -10 for the year if it wasn't for Humble Bundle or its brethren. Fortunately, they've finally launched a proper store front which means I can now skip HIBs and grab great indie games DRM-free on multiple platforms when I'm ready to play those games.
5) Kickstarter is addicting and fun but I'm increasingly feeling like I'm just doing a super-duper-pre-order and not getting much in return until 1-2 years later.
6) I should not plan on getting much time with the 3DS when I go home to visit family. However, this is a great time for iOS games. I'm not sure how this makes any sense.

On to 2014!

Okay, so from my original pile list at the beginning of 2013, I finished:

  • Asura's Wrath
  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Bayonetta
  • Mirrors Edge
  • Dead Space
  • Dark Souls
  • Saints Row: The Third
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm

Of course, there were many games over the year that I did not declare at the beginning of the year that I did end up finishing (Guacamelee, Batman: Arkham Origins, etc...I think I ended up with ~25 games total), so while my pile may not have dwindled by too many games, I still was able to get through a lot more over the course of the year. 2014 is shaping up to be a bit heavy on the new release side (with a large concentration being JRPGs), so making a dent into the 2014 pile might be rough. Still though, it's always nice to take a look back and see what the expectations were to how they actually turned out.

I can honestly say, without really going into it, that I finished 1 game this year.

Tomb Raider, the reboot.

I may have finished off a smattering of iOS games, but other than that, what a f*cked up result that is.

I did have a massive jettisoning of my 360 pile, which filled me with equal parts anxiety and elation, but I've been suffering from "pile traumatic stress disorder" ever since.

The very thought of even appraising my pile progress fills me with horror and dread.

So, I think I need to find a way for me to look at this differently...

Well, saw the credits roll on Magrunner right before I had to take off for work. Since I'm stuck at my job till 10 pm, I'm pretty sure I won't be beating anything else for the year (though I could add some still, I suppose)...

Jan: 3IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) : 1IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/null.gif) : 9IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif)
Feb: 6IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) : 0IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/null.gif) : 1IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif)
Mar: 3IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) : 1IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/null.gif) : 4IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif)
Apr: 5IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) : 1IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/null.gif) : 1IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif)
May: 5IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) : 0IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/null.gif) : 4IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif)
Jun: 1IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) : 1IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/null.gif) : 3IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif)
Jul: 5IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) : 0IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/null.gif) : 7IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif)
Aug: 6IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) : 2IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/null.gif) : 1IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif)
Sep: 0IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) : 3IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/null.gif) : 4IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif)
Oct : 2IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) : 0IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/null.gif) : 5IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif)
Nov : 5IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) : 0IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/null.gif) : 6IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif)

December:
IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) Defense Grid: Containment
IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) Fairy Bloom Freesia
IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) 初音ミク Project Mirai 2
IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) Eryi's Action
IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) Magrunner: Dark Pulse
IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif) Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif) Bravely Default: For the Sequel
IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif) Magrunner: Dark Pulse
IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif) Gone Home
IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif) Eryi's Action
IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif) Steam Machines
IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif) Guacamelee! Gold Edition
IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif) Borthers - A Tale of Two Sons
IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif) Evoland
IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif) Long Live the Queen
IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif) The Swapper
IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif) Risk of Rain
IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif) Incredipede

Pile change this year: +7 (46IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) : 9IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/null.gif) : 57IMAGE(http://www.backloggery.com/images/new.gif))
Remaining Pile: 83

Beat 17 games this year - totally worthwhile. Didn't add much to the pile, and jettisoned some items:

Year End Tally - Beaten:
Asura's Wrath (360)
Bioshock Infinite (360)
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (XBLA)
Dishonored (360)
DmC (360)
Fallout: New Vegas (360)
Gunpoint (PC)
Hotline Miami (PSN)
Injustice: Gods Among Us (360)
Journey (PSN)
Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds (3DS)
Lego City (3DS)
Mark of the Ninja (XBLA)
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)
Saints Row 4 (360)
Sleeping Dogs (360)
Tomb Raider (360)

Newly Jettisoned:
Gears of War 3 (360) - Bought for Multiplayer
Gears of War: Judgement (360) - Bought for Multiplayer
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (360) - Been on the pile for years
Beyond Good & Evil (XBLA) - Bean on the pile for over a year
Lego Pirates (3DS) - Zero interest in continuing

Fresh Year, Fresh Start :D:

Pretty happy with 2013's progress. I've found myself to be more critical when making purchases, trying demos or renting unless it's a series I really enjoy (Saints Row, Zelda).

Don't plan to change much for 2014 - feels like my process is working well. Play a game, make sure I'm enjoying it. If I am - continue. If I am not - jettison it. Rinse & repeat.

So here we are... The end of the line for 2013. Gonna start off with my December report (I don't expect to add or finish games). We'll see about looking back on 2013 as a whole.

Added:

  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Dishonored DLC: The Brigmore Witches (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif)
  • The Walking Dead: Season 2 - Episode 1: All That Remains (PC) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif)
  • Bully: Schorlarship Edition (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Assassin's Creed 3 (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Bulletstorm (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • DOOM 3: BFG Edition (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Viscera Cleanup Detail: Shadow Warrior (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • The Wolf Among Us - Episode 1 (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Shadow Warrior Classic Redux (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Shadow Warrior (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Lilly Looking Through (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Gnomoria (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Shelter (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Guacamelee! (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Cook, Serve, Delicious! (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Steam Marines (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • PixelJunk Eden (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Dust: An Elysian Tail (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Nihilumbra (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)

Finished:

  • Euro Truck Simulator 2 (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif)
  • The Swapper (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif)
  • The Walking Dead: Season 2 - Episode 1: All That Remains (PC) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif)
  • Borderlands 2 (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif)
  • Dishonored DLC: The Brigmore Witches (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif)

Dropped:

  • Hitman: Blood Money (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • Hitman: Codename 47 (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • Half-Life 2 (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • Half-Life 2: Episode One (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • Half-Life 2: Episode Two (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • Prince of Persia (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • Dead Rising 2 (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • Devil May Cry 4 (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • Risen (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • Deus Ex: Game of the Year (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • Grand Theft Auto 4 (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • Dead Space 2 (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • Hotline Miami (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • King's Bounty: Crossworlds (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • King's Bounty: Armored Princess (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • King's Bounty: The Legend (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • Spellforce 2: Gold Edition (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • Spellforce: Platinum Edition (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • Dungeon Defenders (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • Psychonauts (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)
  • Strike Suit Infinity (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)

Also played:

  • Tropico 4 (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)

Remaining games: 78 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) (77 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif))
Progress (Games): 63 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) + 64 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif) - 103 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif) = 24
Est. remaining hours: 856 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) (818 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif))
Progress (Est. total hours): 496 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) + 1089 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif) + 12 played IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) - 993 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif) = 604

Backloggery is at -38 for this year... Good grief! IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/smileys/baklaag.gif) The good news is that I've jettisoned a lot of the games I bought "just because", and that I never really had an interest in playing (the Hitman series, Spellforce, King's Bounty, the remaining GTAs, the Deus Ex). I'm aware some of them are heralded as really good games (like the Deus Ex games), but I just can't seem to get into them. As if I missed that chance, and it won't come again. Anyhow, there it is.

Edited to reflect last minute gifting of Nihilumbra by Tanstaafl.

Alright, my official report for the end of the year.

Games played and beaten:
Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom
Aliens: Colonial Marines
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Gears of War: Judgment
Guilty Party
The Last Story
Wonderful 101
Borderlands 2
Tomb Raider
Bioshock: Infinite
Remember Me
The Last of Us
Way of the Samurai 3
Beyond: Two Souls
Batman: Arkham Origins
Saint's Row 3
Dead Space 3
Dragon's Dogma
9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
Tales of the Abyss
Steamworld Dig
Virtue's Last Reward
Pokemon Y
Batman: Arkham Origins: Blackgate
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Penny Arcade Ep. 3

Total: 28

Games Abandoned/Satisfied Incomplete:
Far Cry 3
Hometown Story
Crimson Shroud

Total: 3

Remaining Games: 10*

All in all, not too shabby. I actually didn't list some other games I believe I traded in, but on the whole the pile progress was pretty good...in terms of physical media, that is.

I did not include PS+ games unless I played them, though, which is why 2014 is starting up with a much, much larger pile than 2013 ended. I also forgot to update the spreadsheet with the 3DS games I got for Christmas.

Still, again, I feel pretty positive about how it turned out. Then again, examining my first tally this year, it seems I jettisoned as many games as I originally beat on the pile, and that most of the titles I played this year were new acquisitions.

So, again, outside of PS+, at least I'm good at beating new games?

A bit late to the party, but this was the "done and done" of 2013.

Finished

  • Assassin's Creed 3 (PS3)
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (PS3)
  • Assassin's Creed: Revelations (PS3)
  • Bioshock Infinite (PC)
  • Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches (Steam)
  • Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall (Steam)
  • Dust: An Elysian Tail (Steam)
  • Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC)
  • Journey (PS3)
  • Last Of Us (PS3)
  • LIMBO (Steam)
  • Saints Row: The Third (Steam)
  • Spec Ops: The Line (Steam)
  • StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (PC)
  • The Walking Dead: 400 Days (Steam)
  • To The Moon (Steam)
  • Tomb Raider (PS3)
  • Uncharted 2 (PS3)

Dropped from "to play" list

  • Dungeon Defenders (Steam) - snooze
  • The Misadventures of P. B. Winterbottom (Steam) - not a fan of puzzlers requiring twitch timing
  • VVVVVV (Steam) - it hurt more than one of my senses at a time

Dropped from the wishlist

  • Company of Heroes 2 (PC) - micro-transactions and not enough innovation
  • Star Wars 1313 (PC) - cancelled
  • X: Rebirth (PC) - imploded just like expected

Games left
A lot. See 2014 thread.