Welcome to the 12 month pile plan. How was 2013 for you? Did you get your game on, or are you drowning in the pile? If the answer to that question is more likely to be the second response, welcome, you are amongst friends.
This thread exists to help those of us that like a big picture overview of the year ahead, and a strong commitment to pile reduction. This is a place for support and encouragement, whether that be through playing, trading, or just jettisoning pile games altogether.
To make it easier to tackle your pile we've listed a few guidelines and a few tried and true methods to help you out. Feel free to use these to aid you in the pursuit of "pilus minimus". Or, if you've found a better way of doing things, feel free to share with the group.
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.
It is recommended, but not enforced, that you get yourself over to the backloggery and set yourself up an account. They have a really great FAQ that covers how to mark the status of your games, but, if that all seems too hard, and you are serious about making this 12 month thing a commitment, send me a PM with your lists, and I will happily enter the details in for you.
It is recommended you do it yourself, as some of us have found that particular exercise to be part of the process of increasing 'pile awareness'. I know personally, entering in all 126 XBLA titles I had bought one year was a massive PITA but it stopped me from checking the DotW threads for those particular must have purchases…
Garden Ninja has also been hard at work creating a tracking spreadsheet for those that want to get really down and dirty with their respective piles. Feel free to make a copy of that file, and modify it to meet your own needs if necessary.
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).
Welcome Back, the Pile is Right Where You Left It.
28 Days of Pile
Another Month, Another Pile
No Pile Jokes From This Guy
Mayday! This Pile Needs Help.
Summer Playing List, Pile of Shame Edition
Pile Independence is a Noble Endeavor
It's Hot, but Pile Games are Cool
The Pile is Calling, Will You Answer?
October - December: Shut it Down, Pile 2014
Trueheart's Quartet of Contemplation (where it all begins).
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).
I will not shop for games unless I actually plan to buy something and play it right away.
But remember Minarchist's musings...
Tackling the pile is a good thing, but taken to the extreme it can impede fun.
beeporama's pile dieting tips.
m0nk3yboy (and all): like with diets, it seems like the best motivator varies by person. So, try some things and see what profoundly affects you.
For me, I found it most effective to plan out a year. I said "I can average X games a month, so I'll list the 12 months for 2013, and schedule games for each of them based on my pile and release dates." Things moved throughout the year, but the important thing was, the schedule had to be "ONE IN, ONE OUT." Can't add a new game without removing one. Can't just toss a game on the pile without knowing it would be at least 2014 before I played it.
Everyone say it with me: Friends don't let friends have Steam Wishlists.
And finally, the internal ramblings of one haunted by the pile...
Conversation with myself
Gamer: "Ooooh... [game] is on sale?"
Brain: "Are you ever gonna play that?"
Gamer: "I might..." / "But people say it's great" / "But that's a fantastic price"
Brain: "When?" / "Do you even like that genre?" / "Wrong answer!"
Brain: "No [game] for you! Come back 1 year!"
Been working out pretty well for both of us ;)
Quick Backloggery links for those that want them, carried over from 2012:
TrueHeart78 • m0nk3yboy • shoptroll • beeporama • luggage • philucifer • Maximus • Minarchist • stevenmack • SallyNasty • imbiginjapan • honeycut1 • mrtomaytohead • Higgledy • AUs_TBirD (a massive pile) • Vrikk • casktapper • walkera • Garden Ninja • Stele • Mantid • Maclintok • filthyspringbok • Farley2k • Demyx • jdzappa • UMOarsman • more...