2017 - 12 Month Pile Program

ccesarano wrote:

I beat the game of moving back in with my parents. It's the good ending because it was my choice, I'm not ashamed of it, and I'm also telecommuting so that's pretty sweet. It has certainly improved my mental health.

However, my time to game has been... varied.

I played that game last year, but it was more like I had it dropped on me and had little choice between that and Homeless Simulator 2016. Moved back in with my mom, which was terribly weird at first since I had been living on my own or with a significant other or room mates for a good decade and change. It certainly improved some of my gaming time, but my mental health took a bit longer to get back into synch, as it were.

Hard game, though once you get the hang of it, it becomes terribly comfortable. Like Dark Souls, kind of.

Currently looking to branch out into Financially Stable 2017 and Living on My Own 2017 or Living on My Own 2018.

Aside from that, I have been procrastinating on finishing Zelda: BotW. Hell, I've hardly been playing. It's been training and socializing.

Forlorn Hope wrote:

Another month of little to no progress but that's mostly due to having a lot going on. The peak of that being my mom was institutionalized in a mental hospital for the next little while. So yeah I'm not surprised.

Sorry I haven't been around much, but I really wanted to say I'm really sorry you're going through what must be a rough time. I hope it helps your mom and that things will get easier for the both of you.

Time for the May report on my end.

Added:

  • Alan Wake's American Nightmare (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)
  • Alan Wake (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)

I have no excuse. They were on sale. For cheap. And they were going to get removed from the Steam store, I was told.

Finished:
None.

Dropped:

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

Time to face the music. I have zero interest in these: a friend gifted these to me, but they're just not my kind of game.

Played:

  • The Elder Scrolls 5 : Skyrim - Special Edition (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) - And loving it. Beat the main quest, the Civil War, almost done with the Thieves Guild. Still working on those Mage, Dark Brotherhood quest lines and there's the DLC too.

Remaining games: 45 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) (42 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif))
Progress (Games): 26 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) + 5 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif) - 15 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif) = 16
Est. remaining hours: 479 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) (454 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif))
Progress (Est. total hours): 144 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) + 90 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif) + 91 played IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) - 153 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif) = 172

Backloggery says 31, so I'm kinda stalling/regressing, but nothing too dramatic. I feel guilty, because I intend to get back to Mass Effect: Andromeda and Night in the Woods, but then I remind myself I played nothing but Witcher 3 during 3 months last year, sooo... If I need Skyrim to help get me through the sh*tstorm of my "in progress" divorce, so be it.

May Update

Started: Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness (wow hey I remember all this BS!)
Continued: Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
Finished: Persona 5

With Persona 5 out of the way I'm free to play whatever random JRPGs I feel like. Or start an NG+, that too.

Eleima wrote:
Forlorn Hope wrote:

Another month of little to no progress but that's mostly due to having a lot going on. The peak of that being my mom was institutionalized in a mental hospital for the next little while. So yeah I'm not surprised.

I'm really sorry you're going through what must be a rough time. I hope it helps your mom and that things will get easier for the both of you.

Same. My tother half had to go through the same thing with her mum, tis rough. She went down a positive path afterwards, hoping your mum heads that way too.

May update

Annual game budget remaining at start of May - £221

Incoming
Dragon Quest Builders (+ guide) - £20
Bloodborne - £7
Borderlands: Handsome Collection - £10
Dishonored Definitive Edition - £9
Infamous Second Son + First Light - £9
Saints Row IV - £5
Castles of Mad King Ludwig - £1
Jaipur - £2
Onirim - £1
Neuroshima Hex - £2

Outgoing
Shadow of mordor - sold - £9
The Division - sold - £10

Annual game budget remaining at end of May - £174

I know I have more than enough games to be getting on with, lots more. Will this mean I don't make any further purchases soon? I doubt it, but will try not to.

Plan for June

Finish Dishonored on PS4. Going for zero kills at the moment, but slow going so might have to get a bit of blood on my hands and settle for low chaos.
Finish Steamworld Heist on Vita.
Finish off the last lil smidge of Life is Strange on PS4.
Play more Dragon Quest Builders on PS4.

Biggest temptations this month...

Nier Automata.
As soon as this hits £25 physical, don't think I'll resist any longer.

Factorio.
I've been resisting for a long while, I don't really like to play games on my work Mac - working day done, it can use a lil rest, bless. However I know I'd really get into this.

Finally finished Binary Domain this Saturday, which allowed me to make a start on Nier. Only one level in, so not sure what to make of it. Onwards and upwards.

So The Pile is now:

Borderlands 2 (PS3)
Nier (PS3)
Vanquish (PS3)
Call of Juarez (PS3)
Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Athena (PS3)

Dishonored 2 (PS4)

Metal Gear Acid (PSP)
Metal Gear Acid 2 (PSP)

I reckon I can whittle down the PS3 pile over the summer, as I've already made a start on Nier and Riddick. I've also started Dishonored 2, so that should also be done by the end of August. This looks promising.

(Also, I'm pretty happy with my collection of PS3 games. It feels more balanced than it used to between Triple A and quirks and oddities.

Send help, I can't stop playing Skyrim.

I cant stop playing Oblivion. No help here.

Shadout wrote:

I cant stop playing Oblivion. No help here.

Oh my. I try not to post too many gif's, but this seemed appropriate.
IMAGE(https://media.giphy.com/media/120jXUxrHF5QJ2/giphy.gif)

Gotta go, goodjers, I've got dragons to tame, houses to build and flowers to pick.

Eleima wrote:

Gotta go, goodjers, I've got dragons to tame, houses to build and flowers to pick.

That's funny, I thought you said you were playing Skyrim not Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

If my pile wasn't already so big, I might give Oblivion or Skyrim a try...but I'm actually making progress playing the games that I already own and buying very little (I caved on Horizon Zero Dawn since it went on super sale this week). I'm guessing the super special HD remaster of Skyrim will be cheap around the holidays, right?

walterqchocobo wrote:

If my pile wasn't already so big, I might give Oblivion or Skyrim a try...but I'm actually making progress playing the games that I already own and buying very little (I caved on Horizon Zero Dawn since it went on super sale this week). I'm guessing the super special HD remaster of Skyrim will be cheap around the holidays, right?

I hate to enable when you're doing so well (and doing what I had been doing and will want to eventually get back to), but as I recall, Skyrim itself wasn't all that expensive and I'm sure the Special edition (which is what I'm playing, I'm going for 100% achievements) probably won't be all that pricey. I've already sunk 80 hours in this playthrough so it's well worth the price of admission.
My advice? Friend me on Steam, add it to your wishlist and wait for the Steam sale. I'm looking for victims.

I updated my Backloggery for the first time in three years. It ended up looking better than I thought. I was just a smidge over 50% of my collection finished, which was way better than I expected.

And then I added my PC games, which has somehow become my third-largest pile in just a month or so. [sigh] But I now have a very solid count of how many unfinished games I have, and that's been a very effective disenabler with all the E3 sales swarming around.

I started an entire new HLTB account and have been using that. It's not great in some ways, but it's more useful for what I want than backloggery.

I still never followed through on my plan to make a spreadsheet for my games and now I'm at the point of thinking that it's another idea that will never actually happen for me. So in the meantime, I've been focusing on a new Fallout New Vegas character, who I'm liking a lot more than my last one. Originally, I was going to make him my Legion character and have other characters for the other factions, but since I'm having to do so many NCR quests and such anyway, my new plan is to do everything possible that I can do that won't also make any important factions hate me, make a save game at that point, and then just play the endgame for all four faction endings with this character.

Trying my hardest to ignoring E3 sales. However, 2018 is already looking like it's going to be as big a logjam as this year. Thanks E3. #FirstWorldProblems

ClockworkHouse wrote:

And then I added my PC games, which has somehow become my third-largest pile in just a month or so. [sigh]

It's only your third-largest? Noob.

There's very little that has me pulling the trigger during these sales. Most games aren't cheap enough for me to go ahead and buy them. Uncharted 4 tempted me until I remembered I don't care for Uncharted (and yet the new expansion/DLC/standalone/whatever is still beckoning for my money) and while I'm pondering jumping on The Evil Within, I feel like I'd rather play it with a Game Genie given my rental of it.

So thus far the wallet is safe.

bekkilyn wrote:

I still never followed through on my plan to make a spreadsheet for my games and now I'm at the point of thinking that it's another idea that will never actually happen for me. So in the meantime, I've been focusing on a new Fallout New Vegas character, who I'm liking a lot more than my last one. Originally, I was going to make him my Legion character and have other characters for the other factions, but since I'm having to do so many NCR quests and such anyway, my new plan is to do everything possible that I can do that won't also make any important factions hate me, make a save game at that point, and then just play the endgame for all four faction endings with this character.

Grouvee adds games automatically, so maybe that's a better option?
In any case, question 1, are you having fun? Then that's what counts.

Eleima wrote:
bekkilyn wrote:

I still never followed through on my plan to make a spreadsheet for my games and now I'm at the point of thinking that it's another idea that will never actually happen for me. So in the meantime, I've been focusing on a new Fallout New Vegas character, who I'm liking a lot more than my last one. Originally, I was going to make him my Legion character and have other characters for the other factions, but since I'm having to do so many NCR quests and such anyway, my new plan is to do everything possible that I can do that won't also make any important factions hate me, make a save game at that point, and then just play the endgame for all four faction endings with this character.

Grouvee adds games automatically, so maybe that's a better option?
In any case, question 1, are you having fun? Then that's what counts. :)

I think it only does that for Steam though right? In any case, not really in the mood for keeping track since I want to spend that time actually playing! Definitely still having fun...I'm really liking this new character! Though I guess maybe he's not so new anymore as he's now level 30 and pretty well equipped and has power armor training (though doesn't actually wear it) and all sorts of other neat things!

E3 came and went, and normally my spreadsheet becomes littered with release dates and my schedule looks absolutely full. This is less true of this year than any other. November and December are absolutely empty for me. Granted, we still don't have a date for, say, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 or some other things, but I'm feeling pretty good about the pile for the rest of the year.

How about the rest of you? Has E3 driven you to try and figure out your schedule for the next year or are you feeling as good and free as I am?

ccesarano wrote:

E3 came and went, and normally my spreadsheet becomes littered with release dates and my schedule looks absolutely full. This is less true of this year than any other. November and December are absolutely empty for me. Granted, we still don't have a date for, say, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 or some other things, but I'm feeling pretty good about the pile for the rest of the year.

How about the rest of you? Has E3 driven you to try and figure out your schedule for the next year or are you feeling as good and free as I am?

I didn't even bother to watch the presentations or really keep up with E3 this time around. I did go back and watch the Microsoft presentation on the Fallout 4 Creator's Club, but that was basically it. I'm not really eagerly looking forward to anything this year.

Lots of people still seem to consider Q4 the big release window for games. Saw a thread elsewhere yesterday about "games being set to die" in October/November because too many big titles are released at that time.
Then I look at the Q4 release schedule, and it does not seem any crazier than the Spring we just had.

Sure, for the people who play Battlefield/CoD/Battlefront and what not, October/november is always the big release window, but outside of that? It doesn't seem particularly full.

Some of the potential late 2017 games I am interested in still have no clear release date, so maybe things will change.
Looking at the games that have 'definitive' release dates it is maybe 2 in September, 3 in October, 1 in November. With none of them having secured themselves a day one spot. Or even an 'ever' spot.
Well, except Divinity: Original Sin 2 since I bought that long ago.

Not like my pile care regardless. It would last long past the end of the year even if there literally was not a single new game coming.

Coming out of E3, I only added a few more games to my "of interest" column: Metroid: Samus Returns, Wolfenstein II, The Evil Within 2, and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider. Ever Oasis climbed a bit higher up my list, as well. Tacoma and Cuphead are also of interest. Otherwise, as long as I don't have a Switch, I'm fairly safe. I think everything else that caught my eye is releasing in 2018 or beyond.

ccesarano wrote:

How about the rest of you? Has E3 driven you to try and figure out your schedule for the next year or are you feeling as good and free as I am?

What's E3? I kid, I kid. To be completely honest, I really don't pay much attention to E3, so... Holding course, I guess.

Eleima wrote:

What's E3?

E3 is that week-long event where Sony and Microsoft pretend that PCs don't exist while they tally up their "exclusives".

Oooooooh, so that's why my (almost exclusively) PC only brain tunes it all out.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
Eleima wrote:

What's E3?

E3 is that week-long event where Sony and Microsoft pretend that PCs don't exist while they tally up their "exclusives". ;)

It's also where press and media salivate over how little assassinating is being done in the new Assassin's Creed, everyone complains about sports games having any right to exist, Jayhawker being excited about sports games existing, what AAA titles get worthless awards tacked onto their box art to signify absolutely no meaning to people shopping at GameStop, and everyone to be disappointed in Nintendo for having the audacity to be Nintendo.

ccesarano wrote:

How about the rest of you? Has E3 driven you to try and figure out your schedule for the next year or are you feeling as good and free as I am?

E3 was underwhelming for me with very little even being added to my "interested" pile. I'll keep plugging away at the pile for the foreseeable future.

E3 didn't do much to alter my plans. Most of the interesting stuff was a known quantity, or not due this year, or requires new hardware. The Switch did as well as I hoped, though it's a mute point for planning as I don't own one and can't get one. Next year, perhaps.

Highlight? The Mario+Rabbids+XCOM section of Ubi's conference. I'm apathetic to most Mario characters and the Rabbids, but doubted either company would waste the collaboration. The reveal exceeded my tentative hopes. The gameplay is right up my alley, and it was nice to see the bigwigs having fun. If I had a Switch I'd definitely be in.

2017 is a front-loaded year for me. For the remainder it's steady, a game here and a game there. This is fine - I need the rest of the year to catch up with that beginning! And last year. And 2015. And ...

ccesarano wrote:

How about the rest of you? Has E3 driven you to try and figure out your schedule for the next year or are you feeling as good and free as I am?

I think I'm pretty much in the same situation as you with E3 mostly filling in some dates that we didn't have before. My only definite E3 addition is Metroid: Samus' Return because there's no way in hell I'm skipping that one. I might bite on the Mario + Rabbids game but that went in the "wait for reviews" column so I'm not really concerned right now.

November/December are also clear for me but if I'm honest with myself that's going to be mostly Super Mario Odyssey time and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 if it isn't delayed.