2016 - The 12 Month Pile Plan

shoptroll wrote:

Which game you bought this year do you most regret not busting the shrinkwrap (digital or physical)? (Or as I like to call it the "The One That Got Away" award)

Tough question. Particularly as I received some great games for Christmas and won't start any of them until I've finished FFXV and Suikoden at the minimum.

I think I'll go with Witcher 3's Blood & Wine. It's the final link in a chain of froggy failure. I haven't played the second expansion because I haven't played the first expansion, because I haven't played the base game. I purchased the game on release day and was eager to dive in, and dive in I did - only to instantly discover that the tiny UI fonts made the game unplayable for me. A bizarrely common problem in this console generation. I had to wait ages for the fix, by which point I was busy with other games. I tried to work in time to go back to it, didn't manage to, then each expansion has made the situation more urgent. I now need to find about twice as much time as I originally did because they're big expansions. It was already a huge game. In a sterling display of common sense I didn't pick up the season pass until after Blood & Wine. Then it went half-price. I told myself that I'd start Witcher 3 next, and lo and behold I didn't have enough HDD space on my PS4 when I tried to reinstall the game. That stock drive doesn't go far in a generation of space-hogs.

I need to find time because, some unpleasant (and very unpleasant) aspects aside, I'm certain that I will love this game. Witcher 2 was one of the best games which I played on my 360.

Runner up? Dishonoured 2. That game is pure frognip. I picked it up on release day with such idealistic plans. Then life happened. Never took the disc out of the box.

shoptroll wrote:

Which game you bought this year do you most regret not busting the shrinkwrap (digital or physical)? (Or as I like to call it the "The One That Got Away" award)

A few contenders...

Bought the 1tb uncharted 4 special edition ps4, a flash deal bargain from Game at the time. The game itself still sits in shrink wrap.

The Witness. Downloaded about 6 months ago, but as yet unplayed.

Played a fair bit of Destiny (vanilla) on ps3, bought The Collection a month or two ago now for ps4... Still seal unbroken. The Division has had my undivided attention since picking them up at same time, and will continue to for a while yet. Don't think have room for playing 2 x shooter looters.

Double post - quote - edit - mix up - thing.

shoptroll wrote:

Which game you bought this year do you most regret not busting the shrinkwrap (digital or physical)? (Or as I like to call it the "The One That Got Away" award)

Probably something that got gifted to me on STEAM that I forgot about, for starters. But in terms of physical plastic wrap, the two games I haven't unwrapped are Republique, which I bought for the hope I could do more indie games in 2016, and Valkyria Chronicles on PS4. Honestly, the latter is what I regret not unwrapping most because I've been waiting years for such a game to hit and both Homefront: The Revolution and Mirror's Edge: Catalyst got priority, neither of which I finished. In the end Bravely Second, Fire Emblem Fates and Tokyo Mirage Sessions ended up taking over different phases of my summer and Valkyria Chronicles got lost in the shuffle.

frogbeastegg wrote:

Bubblefuzz, you must let us know how that works out.

Kind of worked out OK in a roundabout kind of way...

Not so much with tother half, think was a little late on the request... Closest I got there was a nice pair of replacement headphones for iPod, (nice clarity for listening to the Conference Call), along with some other nice gifts, no complaints at all!

From my folks, I think they would have done if my dad's knowledge of gaming hadn't ended with the Atari 2600... An envelope with some cash and instructions to get what I wanted on the gaming front the next best thing. A bit of it'll go towards swimming lessons just booked for the boy... But the remaining cash am halfway through spending in the game sales already and it's only boxing day. I'll elaborate on purchases in the 2017 thread soon am sure... For now I'll just say will defo be taking part in SallyNasty's game club come January!

Tokyo Mirrage Sessions, this was my reason to buy the Wii U, but for some reason both the system and the game remained untouched aside couple Mario kart rounds with my wife. Next year I might move the console down to the game room in hopes that will improve my chances of actually playing it.

I've put about an hour into stardew valley, so I know I've not given it a fair shake. There's just always been something I'd rather play at the time. With so much stuff on the pile, a game has to make a really good first impression and SV didn't. Hopefully I'll get to it in 2017.

shoptroll wrote:

Which game you bought this year do you most regret not busting the shrinkwrap (digital or physical)? (Or as I like to call it the "The One That Got Away" award)

Borderlands - The Handsome Collection. I've only played a few hours of Borderlands 2 and haven't touched The Pre-Sequel.

I still have a few untouched games from previous years as well.

shoptroll wrote:

Which game you bought this year do you most regret not busting the shrinkwrap (digital or physical)? (Or as I like to call it the "The One That Got Away" award)

Mine would be a tie between Diablo 3 and Dishonored (both for the PS4, and both the definitive, all the bells and whistles versions).

Honorable mention would be Dragon Quest Builders. It's the Day One Edition, it is still in the shrink wrap, but I did play the Demo to it's conclusion, so I'm counted that as "started even though it's not opened".

shoptroll wrote:

Which game you bought this year do you most regret not busting the shrinkwrap (digital or physical)? (Or as I like to call it the "The One That Got Away" award)

The Legend Of Heroes: Trails in the Sky. Like any RPG, by not putting in ten hours within the first few days, I all but guaranteed that I would never get around to playing it. I'm glad you asked because it made me realize...

bekkilyn wrote:

My goal for the past few years has been to not buy any games that I'm not going to play right away and I've been doing very well with that!

...that I need to adopt this attitude for RPGs. I can totally preorder a game for fancy bonuses and let it sit for months, then pick it up and play right through; as long as that game isn't an RPG. I think their intimidating length and slow starts mean I have to adopt bekkilyn's "now or never" approach with the genre.

shoptroll wrote:

Which game you bought this year do you most regret not busting the shrinkwrap (digital or physical)? (Or as I like to call it the "The One That Got Away" award)

Oh gosh, so many, here, let me make a list, these are the ones that stick out from 2016 alone...

  • Firewatch (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Assassin's Creed: Rogue (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Assassin's Creed: Chronicles of China (uPlay) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • The Talos Principle: Road to Gehanna (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Toren (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)

Soon, though.

I've done better with my pile in December than probably any other month this year. I finally completed all of AC Brotherhood, completed AC Revelations, completed the main questline of AC3 and very close to completing nearly everything else in that game as I just have a few achievements to mop up, and have put a dent into AC Liberation.

That's a lot of Assassin's Creed.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

:shock: That's a lot of Assassin's Creed.

Just been in an assassin-y sort of mood, I suppose.

2016 conclusion

A quick thank you to the GWJ 2016 pile threads. I've completed more games this year than I have for a fairly long time, thanks in some ways to finding this place. Much of that has been through lurking, picking up pile management tips, my own attempts to keep track of things for the monthly reports and a little self indulgent navel gazing have been able to post here and there throughout the year.

Those games completed...
The Walking Dead - Season One, The Wolf Among Us, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Tomb Raider, Firewatch, Gone Home, Oxenfree, Blood Bowl 2, The Division, Lego Avengers (with the boy) and Heavy Rain (bleugh).

Am quite happy with that, compared to recent years, hope to do better again in 2017 and will be lurking and posting again over in that new thread for sure!

A quick December update...

New games purchased
Nothing until after Christmas and only then purchases made with free Xmas cash received on heavily discounted games too tricky to resist, a total of £85 spent on...

Fallout 4 + All of the DLC. (total of about £30)
Steep. (half price)
Salt & Sanctuary.
Darkest Dungeon.
Steamworld Heist.
Mega Man Legacy Collection.

That should do me for a good while, though I may be tempted by Abzu if pops up in a sale soon and also Doom has hit the £15 mark and with all the love it's getting in the GOTY thread, I may need to give it a go.

Played in December.
The Division.
A tiny smattering of Overwatch.

Completed.
The Division (main campaign) Though I do have Season Pass and there's always more looting to be done - so will be dipping back in now and again for a while yet.

[bFather / Son game time[/b]
Skylanders Imaginators (thanks again Garion)

I'll leave the reserves list etc for the 2017 thread.

To finish - throughout this first year, for me personally, I've come to see this thread evolve into not so much a pile reduction challenge, but more a fun management tool to help me get the most out of the time and money I have available for this hobby. So just one more time, cheers to all you GWJ residents!

The year that is 2016 ends, for practical purposes, with the following stats:

41 games cleared, 4 of which were beaten in December :

Grim Fandango HD (Platinum Trophy)
Severed (Platinum Trophy)
Final Fantasy XV (No Platinum yet, but soon)
Suikoden II

No new games acquired in December, so 12 games were added in total throughout the year.

This was a good year, gaming-wise.

Catching up on the post-Christmas comments. Looks like people have had positive experiences, whether it's getting some good gifts or finishing some games off. Heartening news. Mince pies all round.

There are still 2 days 8 hours and some minutes left in the year. I can scrape more in under the wire! The final 2 hours of the year will definitely be used for gaming; everyone in the area will be letting off fireworks so I might as well make use of being forced to stay up.

I found something a little cool and relevant to this thread so livejournal alert! Livejournal alert! Code red! I repeat, code red!

I'm giving my PC a spring clean, and while rummaging around I found my old game library list, last updated around 7 years ago and misplaced when I moved my data over to my current PC. It tracked what I owned, whether I'd finished it or not, and the estimated playtime. Never had the heart to redo it after losing it. Today it's interesting to look back.

Lots of unplayed games on that list which I've since finished. More which I tried and dumped. Some which got filed under "life's too short" without being played, primarily due to changing standards as the first HD generation found its feet. Some still on my pile today.

Final Fantasy IX is the ultimate backlog warmer; 15 years 11 months and counting. It was one of the first games which I picked up when I got a PS2. Vagrant Story isn't much younger. I tried both and put them aside for later. It's, uh, it's definitely later. I still intend to play them.

Game which I was most excited to get but still haven't played a single second of all these years later? Tales of Vesperia.

My RPG clear-up rate on my 360 was formidable. Only a handful which weren't finished at that point in time despite it being one of my most-purchased genres. Heck, my 360 clear-up rate was impressive fullstop. Confirms the impression that I've had since prior to joining this thread: I used to do a much better job of keeping up without spending more time gaming. So what's changed? Firstly, there's the loss of focus which I've always quoted in these threads. Life changed dramatically when my father first went into hospital and I started bitting and bobbing around with games more. I've struggled to regain my old "finish one, move on" habits, though from time to time I've managed it and my clearance rates shot up as a result. Secondly, it's now very obvious that I've spread myself too thin.

Spread myself too thin? Three factors. One: too many platforms to purchase for in an altered gaming landscape. I've always been a multiplatform gamer and I wouldn't wish to change that. Looking at this sheet, I've spotted something. It was mainly the 360 and DS which attracted the brunt of both purchasing and gaming, with other platforms seeing the occasional purchase of top titles. More active platforms overall compared to my ownership this generation but smaller number of incoming games in total.

Two: total bulk of games. Appealing game releases are slightly more frequent than they used to be. Download-only titles are now a thing. Steam exists and has revitalised PC gaming. Many games want to hang around for longer. DLC. Important patches. Longer playtimes in general. Busywork. Stupid launch issues like tiny UI fonts and wonky audio levels. For my preferences too many games insist on hanging around for months awaiting finalisation. Frankly it puts me off because I want a complete, smooth experience to play through just once, and I want it when I first consider playing the game. I end up paralysed; do I play an inferior version of what I want now, or a better version later when I might not have time/desire. I don't always manage to pick up an alternative game when this happens either. I knew all of these facts in isolation but hadn't considered how large of an impact they might have versus the old landscape. Lots of the games on this data sheet can be completed in 40 hours or less. Many in 15 hours or less. Completed, done, dusted, over, finito. Can't say that for many today unless it's some oddball or indie release, like Firewatch. Wait, Firewatch added stuff in patches so I was 'forced' play it twice. Yeah. Cumulatively, this is a big problem.

Three: I spend significantly more time replaying games now than I did then. Games from the last several generations as a whole hold up better than games from the generations prior to that. For my tastes, anyway.

This all confirms something which I've been thinking for a while now. I need to narrow down. Several months ago I commented that I had become happy that the XB1 does not offer anything for my tastes. Looking at the Switch I see a rather brutal win-win proposition. If it's appealing to me I'll be cutting out 1 Nintendo platform, if it's not I cut Nintendo entirely. Vita is dying? Well, it's sad because it's a lovely bit of hardware and I like using mine, but it's one less platform to buy for. PC? Strategy and PC-exclusive RPGs only, everything else can go fish unless it's outstanding. 2016 saw me purchase my last PS3 game (Trails in Cold Steel II) so that's now a legacy format, albeit one with a huge backlog of fantastic games attached. Important thing is, that pile can only decrease. Likewise my Wii U; not sure what I'll do about Breath of the Wild. The 3DS is set to have a barren year in 2017 and will probably drop into my legacy category before next winter.

I need to stop considering games until after they are finalised unless said game is very special. That, or I play them when I want to and the devil can take the updates. I've taken both approaches with games in 2016 and I need to do it much more often instead of feeling paralysed by the 'experience versus opportunity' decision.

Having typed all of this up, 2017 clearly needs purchasing to be PS4-oriented with the occasional release for PC and 3DS, and fewer malingerers one way or the other. I still have a lot of older games to catch up with. That's fine. I've never been bothered by that except in the sense of being unhappy that I haven't yet got to certain games which I know I'll love. The world needs to organise time for SMT: Strange Journey. I'll continue to choose titles from that part of my collection and play them, same as always.

Has anyone else been able to compare long-term data like this? If so, what sort of discoveries did you make? I know that many people here keep spreadsheets or backloggery accounts so perhaps other people can do better than I did.

frogbeastegg wrote:

Has anyone else been able to compare long-term data like this? If so, what sort of discoveries did you make? I know that many people here keep spreadsheets or backloggery accounts so perhaps other people can do better than I did.

The closest I can come is looking at my old Backloggery account that I stopped updating a few years ago. It's a curious little snapshot of my gaming habits at the time. Of the 75 unfinished games that I had back then, I have since managed to finish 8 of them. Many of them, I no longer own or no longer have access to because I sold them or the systems they run on.

The games I didn't finish follow the same pattern I've identified here before: retro games; long-form RPGs; indie games. Looking over my collections for the platforms I own now, I see that those are the same kinds of games that have gone fallow in the present.

I've also spread myself too thin. I know that I don't really play more than one home console platform and one on-the-go platform. It's not a coincidence that my Wii U play dropped off precipitously as I got more into my PS4 and vice versa. Likewise, digging my Vita out to play Shiren the Wanderer relegated my 3DS to a drawer. I don't know the last time I turned on my 360.

I tell myself that I can balance multiple platforms if I focus on "event games", but I invariably buy a wider variety of games when I know I have a platform that can play them. What I really need to do is acknowledge the limitations of my interest and my time and pick a platform to stick with. I don't play older games; I'm not going to get to that sprawling RPG; I'm don't have time for three home consoles, two handhelds, a smart phone, and a PC.

My main platform focus is 360/XB1 and PC, with occasional periods of Wii and 3DS for a game that is exclusive to those (primarily Animal Crossing and Wii Fishing Resort). Since getting a DSi/3DS, I've discovered that other then when I'm in a big Animal Crossing mood, I typically don't enjoy playing games on handhelds. When I'm at home, I'd rather play on a bigger screen with real controllers or mouse/keyboard, and when I'm out and about, I'd rather read on my Kindle app or from a physical book.

Currently, I've been getting the most use out of my 360 due to the games I want to play right now being 360 games.

I've thought about getting a PS3/PS4 for those exclusives, but I really don't believe I would play those games enough to justify the cost, and I don't want to sign up for *both* Xbox Gold and PSN, so I suppose I'll be keeping my loyalty to Xbox for the foreseeable future. Me deciding on a Switch at some point will likely entirely depend on Animal Crossing and if I have the money to spend for a console for which I'd realistically be buying for one game, my preferences leaning heavily towards games released on Xbox/PC.

shoptroll wrote:

Which game you bought this year do you most regret not busting the shrinkwrap (digital or physical)? (Or as I like to call it the "The One That Got Away" award)

Based on the love on the 2016 GOTY thread, I should probably answer with The Witcher 3. I got it for $20 on some crazy sale early in the year and it is sitting unopened somewhere in my game bin.

I'm fairly happy with 2016 progress. I finished 18 games with the possibility of maybe finishing one more before the ball drops on Saturday. Looking at my purchase tracker, it looks like I bought 21 games...although I have only played four of the games that I bought this year. Oops.

I read a lot more this year than I have for awhile and that is cutting into the gaming time. I have also been bouncing around a lot more in the games that I play to try to have some variety--can't just play JRPGs. There is very little that is announced for 2017 that I am interested in right now so I should be able to chip away at the pile next year as well. Maybe I'll get around to putting in Witcher 3 at some point.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I tell myself that I can balance multiple platforms if I focus on "event games", but I invariably buy a wider variety of games when I know I have a platform that can play them. What I really need to do is acknowledge the limitations of my interest and my time and pick a platform to stick with. I don't play older games; I'm not going to get to that sprawling RPG; I'm don't have time for three home consoles, two handhelds, a smart phone, and a PC.

When I got a lot more active in the RPGamer.com forums a while back that led to me attempting to branch out of my Square-Enix and Nintendo RPG wheelhouse and try some of the other options out there. Picked up a handful of Bioware games (and Witcher 1+2) and PS2 titles like Odin Sphere, Mana Khemia, and other B-tier games on the DS. Barely scratched the surface with any of them, and most are still in shrinkwrap I think. This was around the time I discovered Persona 3 (largely due to Leigh Alexander's coverage at Destructoid) so I also dove hard into the SMT series and bought everything I could within reason on the PS2. Never really got around to playing any of that either.

What I learned from this is that, yep, there's going to be certain things I'm going to have to let pass because either I really don't have the time or there's things that are always going to take higher priority.

Systems-wise, I'm pretty much on the "one home, one portable" train as well right now. PS4 is starting to finally get some more love (at the expense of the Wii U) and 3DS is still my go-to portable (although PC counts as a "portable" for me since it's something I can game on if Demyx is using the TV for one of her games). Mobile/Table gaming really fell off a cliff for me this year with me abandoning digital CCGs cold turkey and then dropping the gasha social RPGs for a return to Kingdom of Loathing.

Not a great year for clearing the pile but it didn't get much bigger either. Two young kids and 6am starts at work don't make for much quality gaming time.

I started the year with a little under 200 games in the pile and a goal of having less games in the pile at the end of the year. I achieved that (via completing some games and but mostly some huge culls) until Christmas Eve when my family added 3 more games to the list. And what I'm left with is a bunch of games I've never tried or are really awesome and I'm looking forward to playing them even more.

The latest Steam sale has been very tempting but I've restricted myself to only buying games that I'm going to play as soon as I get them.

Other goals included finishing games before buying their sequels which I achieved but I've still got a few hall of fame games I'd like to tick off the list, namely Final Fantasy 7 and the Half-Life series.

Goals for 2017 remain mostly the same, maybe I'll put something up in the new thread soon.

kergguz wrote:

Here are the games I'm thinking about picking up-
Feb- Street Fighter 5
Feb- XCOM2
Q2- Dishonored 2
Q4- Mass Effect: Andromeda

I got XCOM 2, but none of the others (for obvious reasons in Mass Effect's case). However, I also bought...

DOOM
Planet Coaster
Stellaris
Total Warhammer
Crusader Kings 2: Reapers Due

Of those, I've only really given Total War: Warhammer a fair crack, and even there I want to play a couple more of the races before I can say I'm 'done'.

kergguz wrote:

What I will do is list a small hitlist of games that I really want to focus on over the next 12 months (I think someone coined the phrase sinister 6 in the 2015 thread).

Fallout 4
Game of Thrones
Dragon Age: Inquisition
BioShock: Infinite
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
State of Decay

Wish me luck!

Whoops. I finished Fallout 4 and Bioshock: Infinite. Of the rest, I think I'm dropping Game of Thrones (the Telltale one) for good because I've started it three times and and never got to episode 2. I've also had several false starts with Inquisition but I can't bring myself to drop the latest Bioware game entirely. I've got some funds in my steam wallet so the pile will be growing a bit in the next few days, but at the moment I'm seriously considering a ban on new purchases for 2017 (where have you heard that one before?). I mean, if I'm honest with myself I really don't need anything else. I'll post more about that plan in the 2017 thread at some point!

Fastmav347 wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

So what's everyone's goal for this year? Where would you like to be mid-December of 2016?

Well I think time for me to try this out again, with buying another house/moving/selling house my time and money will be limited in the beginning of this year, so I need to focus on the games I already have and want to play. There are few day 1 purchases this year that I'm really looking foward, but I'm planning to avoid purchasing things on impulse.

My priorities are as follow:

The A list:
Witcher 3
Disgaea 5
Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
Tales of Zesteria
The Last of Us

Those five I would really like to finish this year, unfortunatelly four of them are 40+ hour adventures so we'll see, Legend of Heroes I'm currently actively playing and am already 1/4 of the way in roughly. I also plan on just experience more games, I have a huge pile of games many I haven't even fired up, I would like to atleast give them an hour a piece and if they stick, play to the end.

Well house got sold (that was more painful then I wanted it to be), house got bought and moved into. Gaming wise I actually ended up playing WAY more games then I thought I would have time for, but lets see how the A list turned out.

Witcher 3.... lol nope
Disgaea 5.... nope
Legend of Heroes Trails of Cold Steel .... YES, GOTY for me (also finished the sequel this year)
Tales of Zestiria.... Also yes, but pretty disappointed in this one
Last of Us... Attempted but never really got to far into it.

All in all I did ok all this considered, this A list will carry over onto the next year with some new additions but thats for another thread

frogbeastegg wrote:

Has anyone else been able to compare long-term data like this? If so, what sort of discoveries did you make? I know that many people here keep spreadsheets or backloggery accounts so perhaps other people can do better than I did.

Yeah, pretty much. I've been tracking my Pile since 2012 with a spreadsheet, and with Backloggery since 2013. The "Memory Card" feature on Backloggery is pretty handy, it sums up what you've added, and taken off the Pile. And I can definitely see progress. Back in 2014, I added a ludicrous 89 games to the Pile. In 2015 and 2016, roughly 50, so I've dialed down the purchases. I didn't finish as many games this year as I did in 2015 because of the SeriousCrap®, but I'm back on track now. I'm not sure I made any mind blowing discovery, though.

shoptroll wrote:

Which game you bought this year do you most regret not busting the shrinkwrap (digital or physical)? (Or as I like to call it the "The One That Got Away" award)

Rise of the Tomb Raider for me. Instead of playing it when I picked it up this spring, I decided I needed to go back and play Assassin's Creed 3 for the sake of completeness, and slowly plodded my way to a standstill before eventually getting distracted by shiny new titles.

So many games that "got away" this year without ever landing in my pile. All in all I guess that's a good thing, though lately I have been finding myself in conversations about what I love about games and realizing that, of what I've managed to play recently, hardly anything resembles what I've described. Hoping to do better on that count in 2017.

Happy new year, folks!! Here's my December report.

Added:

  • Abzû (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)
  • Dishonored 2 (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)
  • Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Stardew Valley (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Save Jesus (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Solstice (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Batman - The Telltale Series (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Hook (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • TRAUMA (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Mini Metro (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Regency Solitaire (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)
  • The Banner Saga 2 (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Solitairica (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Assassin's Creed: Syndicate (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)

Wheeeeee, go Steam Sale!

Finished:

  • The Order of the Thorne - The King's Challenge (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif)

Dropped:

  • CONSORTIUM (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif)

Played:

  • Abzû (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)
  • Dishonored 2 (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)
  • Regency Solitaire (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)

Remaining games: 56 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) (51 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif))
Progress (Games): 25 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) + 9 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif) - 3 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif) = 31
Est. remaining hours: 588.5 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) (570 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif))
Progress (Est. total hours): 199 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) + 72 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif) + 30.5 played IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) - 0 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif) = 301.5

Backloggery says 1, pretty bad compared to last year, but there are a few circumstances to explain it, and game input has been mostly under control. And it's almost like I held off to finish games so that they count towards progress in 2017. Happy new year, folks. Here's to another year of fine gaming for us all.

December update...

Pile in:
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
Pokemon Moon
Glittermitten Grove

Pile out:
Nothing!

Got pretty close to putting Back to the Future: The Game to rest this month but ultimately still need a couple more days to finish out Episode 4 and do Episode 5 all the way. Will probably get back to that once Demyx starts wanting the TV again. Most of the month has been playing World of Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy XV, which looks to be the plan for January as well.

I also avoided the two major Steam sales this year. Usually I send out gifts for the Winter one, but between travel and really just not feeling it this year I skipped the winter one. This had the added benefit of not having to deal with the awkwardness of re-gifting or rejecting things people buy me in return despite the "NO GIFTS!" addendum on my Steam profile.

Reflections on 2016:
Backloggery has me at -32 for the year, which is my second best (2014 was -21). I would've tied if I hadn't picked up the Telltale Humble Bundle which threw 11 games on the pile. And if I hadn't backed a bunch of projects on Kickstarter back in the mists of time I would've done even better! What this tells me is that I'm on the right path with avoiding Steam sales, bundles, and significantly dialing down my involvement with crowdfunding. Also, I'm looking at my memory card and while I had meant to do some number crunching the general impression I'm getting from it is that while I didn't beat as many games as I wanted to this year, I did start a good number but never finished them. So I think that's something I'm going to try and work on next year: dealing with 2016's "unfinished business" and being better about beating or dropping things I start.

Other observations:
* I'm increasingly annoyed with Backloggery and pile tracking. Backloggery doesn't have the reporting features I'd like to see, it's counting is wonky, and the UI update seems to be stalled out again. I have some ideas for building out my own tracker, but I'm not sure if I'd just be happier maintaining a GDoc instead at this point. At least it was cathartic to condense all the episodic games into one entry per season/title and to later flush out achievement tracking from all my entries.

* I was really happy to get back and play more Final Fantasy games this year. Hadn't done that in a while, but I've had a good time with XIII, XV, and World this year. I also realized that yes, it's not impossible for me to take a swing at a large RPG and make meaningful progress on it over the course of a year.

* The above holds true for Wadjet Eye games. I need to get over the feeling that I should play LucasArts/Sierra classics before trying newer adventure games. That's just silly and I look forward to making a run at the rest of the Blackwell series this year (and hopefully some other stuff).

* I think I'm pretty much done with chasing F2P games on mobile. As I mentioned in the GotY thread, I returned to Kingdom of Loathing and that's made me much happier with the time I was bucketing for F2P timewasting. If I get bored with KoL again, I'm going to give some of its ilk like Fallen London or Card Hunter a try instead of going back to my phone and tablet.

And that's a wrap, catch you all in the new thread

Shoptroll... there is no bigger advocate for the old Sierra/LucasArts adventure games of old than me. And yet, you have my absolute blessing to venture into the land of adventurey goodness that is the Wadjet Eye catalog. Seriously. It's okay. No one will hold it against you. Those Blackwell games are some pretty powerful stuff. Technobabylon is awesome too. Primordia is just phenomenal.
Go forth and adventure, and don't feel guilty.

In fact... I've never played a single Quest for Glory. I've played five minutes, tops, of a Space Quest game. *gasp*

December progress report~

Added:
The Last Guardian (PS4)
Abzu (Steam)

Beat:
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
The Last Guardian (PS4)

Made Progress In:
Tomb Raider (Steam)
Pokemon Sun (3DS)
Abzu (Steam)

Backloggery says my 2016 pile progress was -9 as opposed to the +12 that I had in 2015 but I beat roughly the same amount of games. I just added a lot more last year. :p Oh well..onto bigger and better things going into this new year!