2020 - 12 Month Pile Program

November Report. One month to go.

Prior posts:

 

Added: None!

Finished: 1
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif)Moonlighter (PS4) - Finally, I just went for it.

Also, and not contributing to my backlog numbers:
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif)Hades (Switch) - Made it out for the first time last month (I counted it then), and rolled credits this month.
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/completed.gif)God of War (PS4) - The Fall of Sigrun!

Also Played: 3
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch)
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)Endless Space 2 (PC)
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)The Banner Saga (Switch)

Dropped: 0

2020 Progress: 6 [19 finished + 4 dropped - 17 added]

Current backlog state: IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)88/ IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)22

Q4 2020 Goals: Not much to say about this month: slow and steady progress. If I can wrap up a few more things on this list, I'll have finished most of the games that I acquired this year. It'll be nice to begin 2021 with a (relatively) clean slate.

Spoiler:

** represent the ones I'll try to do this month, which are roughly in order of priority
Base Goals:
Beat Chrono Trigger
Beat Hades - as in, escape once
**Beat Banner Saga
**Added: Finish Endless Space 2 once
**Beat and Complete Operencia - Didn't make it back to this in November.

Stretch Goals
Finish the Divertissment and Epilogue of Trails of Cold Steel 2 - At this point, looks like I won't be doing this.
Complete FF VII's Hard Mode and obtain all trophies - goal: through Chapter 5 - Also probably won't be doing this.
Platinum God of War
Finish Moonlighter
Added: Get to the Credits in Hades
**Beat Fire Emblem - Three Houses

2020 GotY Eligible:

Spoiler:

Apotheon
The Banner Saga
Bastion
Endless Space 2
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Gris
Hades
Helltaker
Horizon Zero Dawn
Islanders
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Moonlighter
Old World
Ori and the Blind Forest
A Short Hike
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Superflight
Waking Mars
Wintermoor Tactics Club

(sigh) Here we are. November report.

Added:
None. Thank goodness for small mercies.

Finished:

  • Loom (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif)
  • Astrologaster (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) - An absolute delight, I heartily recommend it.
  • Reaching for Petals (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif)
  • Goetia (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) - A solid game though some of the puzzles were a bit obscure and tough to crack.

Dropped:

  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of War (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif) - With very little to distinguish it from its predecessor, there wasn't much to draw me back.

Played:

  • Overcooked 2 (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) - Goo, much needed fun with friends.
  • Among Us (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) - Playing with goodjers will guarantee you a good time.
  • Outer Wilds (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) - Absolutely GOTY material.
  • Hades (Epic) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) - Also GOTY material, Supergiant never disappoints.
  • Assorted mobile otome games. <3 Keeping me sane in 2020.

Remaining games: 49 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) (47 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif))
Progress (Games): 27 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) + 7 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif) - 18 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif) = 16
Est. remaining hours: 681 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) (655 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif))
Progress (Est. total hours): 161 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) + 138 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif) + 9 played IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) - 180 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif) = 128

Backloggery is at 24. Extra Life was indeed a good push to get some more gaming, but it's so incredibly draining too. I feel like I'm always saying this, but yeah, it's been rough. Not just pandemic wise, that's almost the least of my worries, but just plain old "single, working, understaffed, overworked mom to two kids with special needs". And there's no end to that tunnel.

November Report~

Added:
Among Us (Steam) (bought this to play with friends but haven't played it since it's like trying to herd cats to get us all together lately. And I'm too socially anxious to play with the people here at gwj. The struggle is real..)
Overcooked 2 (Switch) (playing this with my sister online. So far easier than the first game but it's been fun.)

Beat:
Alan Wake (Steam)
Five Nights at Freddys (Xbox Game Pass PC)

Made Progress In:
Ring Fit Adventure (Switch)
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)
New Super Lucky's Tale (Xbox Game Pass PC)
Eastshade (Xbox Game Pass PC)
Overcooked 2 (Switch)
Star Fox Guard (Wii U)

Planned Games To Beat In 2020

Spoiler:

Overcooked! (Switch)
Control (PS4)
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (Steam)
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Steam)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4)
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (PS4)
Kingdom Hearts 3 (PS4)
The Witness (Steam)
God of War 2018 (PS4)
Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
Resident Evil HD remaster (PS4)
Black Mesa (Steam)
Paper Mario: Color Splash (Wii U)
Star Fox Zero (Wii U)
Star Fox Guard (Wii U)
Assassin's Creed: Origins (Uplay)

Ugh. Bad month.
Ended up starting a Pathfinder Kingmaker replay. Luckily it is a sub-200 hour game, so no problems there. And with WoW Shadowlands out at the end of November, I guess December is gone too.

Finished:
Iron Danger

Made progress in:
Ring Fit Adventure - at least I pretend it is still progressing

So, November was an interesting month. I had tons of work and was only able to eke out so much gaming time, but did complete a handful of games. I also received some gifts in the shape of gift cards for Nintendo, PS Store, and Steam... and I took advantage of the GOG sales... hence, the Pile grew even more.

Added:

Zork: Grand Inquisitor (PC)
Zork Nemesis (PC)
Return to Zork (PC)
Revenant (PC)
Stacking (PC)
Blade Runner (PC)
Yestermorrow (PC)
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (PC)
Punch Club (PC)
Apsulov: End of Gods (PC)
Blazing Chrome (PC)
Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials (PC)
Ikenfell (PC)
The Alliance Alive HD (PC)
Distraint 2 (PC)
Distraint (PC)
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow (PC)
Half Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy (PC)
Textorcist (PC)
Pool Panic (PC)
The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Critter Chronicles (PC)
Catmaze (PC)
Unworthy (PC)
Usurper (PC)
The Gardens Between (PC)
Demon Peak (PC)
Four Last Things (PC)
Oblitus (PC)
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (PC)
3000th Duel (Switch)
Hyper Light Drifter (Switch)
Micetopia (Switch)
Sakura Wars (PS4)
Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection (PS4)
Quest of Dungeons (Switch)
Goblin Sword (Switch)
Strikey Sisters (Switch)
Legrand Legacy (Switch)
Ghoulboy (Switch)
Outward (PS4)
Slay the Spire (PS4)
Little Big Planet 3 (PS4)
Lapis x Labyrinth (PS4)
Romancing Saga 3 (PS4)
Gonner (PS4)
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin (PS4)
Below (PS4)
Pathologic 2 (PC)
The Adventure Pals (PS4)
Riverbond (PS4)
Darkside Detective (PC)
Feudal Alloy (Switch)
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV (PS4)

Beaten:

Jazzpunk (PS4)
Observation (PS4)
Virginia (PS4)
The Little Acre (PS4)
Cat Quest (PS4)

Progressed in...

TLoH: Trails of Cold Steel II: Played a good bit, but am really taking my time with it. A little over halfway through it.
Wasteland 2: Only dabbled a bit, but intend to pick up steam in it this week.
The Banner Saga: Chapter 4 or so. It's taking a toll on me... I guess the heavy decision-making - despite trying not to dwell too much on it - is making it a slower pass through than with any other game. Still enjoying it.

Last night, I was craving some JRPG goodness. I had to stop myself from starting a brand new game (would have been Ni No Kuni 2), as that would have disrupted everything else I was playing. So instead I got out Valkyria Chronicles 4. It was one of those games where I got really close to the end (Chapter 14, of 18; plus I'd done nearly all the available side stories), then just stopped. For a long time, that had been a recurring theme with long JRPGs.

I booted it up to see when I'd played it last: Dec. 11, 2019, nearly a year ago. Then I wondered why I stopped? I went back to my old backlog posts* and could figure out the reason: I was also playing God of War at the same time, and was trying to finish it; a couple weeks later I'd get and go on to play Jedi Fallen Order, and Ys Origin for the JRPG Club, and Ori and the Blind Forest, and then the pandemic hit, and then I'd tackle Final Fantasy VII Remake. Jan - Mar. was also a really busy period for me, even apart from games.

Anyway, now I totally want to finish VC4, which will of course not help me finish the other games I'm trying to wrap by the end of the month!

*Shoutout to Eleima, who gave me the inspiration for linking old backlog posts in her current one. I love making it easy to look back at where I was a year ago.

I'm glad!! It's always nice to look back, and have a sense of where we were at, at least for me.

I'll get this started for December, as I'm not getting anything else new, nor am I finishing anything else. Time to put this stupid year to rest, and hope for a better 2021. As a year of gaming, though, 2020 saw some pretty good stuff.

Prior posts:

 

Added: 4
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS4)
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)Ni No Kuni 2 (PS4)
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)Tyranny (PC)
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)Pikmin 3 Deluxe (Switch)

Finished: 1
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif)Valkyria Chronicles 4 (PS4) - the main campaign, at least. I still want to go back and wrap up all the extra maps.

Also Played: Dipped my toes in each of the games I added, plus three:
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch)
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)Hades (Switch)
IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)Operencia (PC)

Dropped: 0

2020 Progress: 3 [20 finished + 4 dropped - 21 added]

Current backlog state: IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)91/ IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)22

Barely progress over last year. That's okay, because I really liked the things I played. But I'd also really enjoy continuing to work down (or rule out) games from the backlog. I'm going to try to focus on that in the beginning of 2021, which I think should be easier as there are a bunch of games that I really want to continue playing.

Q4 2020 Goals: I didn't achieve any of these things in December, mostly because the games I had listed here as goals weren't the games I actually wanted to play. I was craving some quality JRPGs, which is what led me to come back to Valkyria Chronicles 4, and then start Ni No Kuni 2 -- a game that's bright, and cheery and optimistic (after the trauma at the beginning), which I desperately needed earlier this month.

Spoiler:

Base Goals:
Beat Chrono Trigger
Beat Hades - as in, escape once
Beat Banner Saga
Added: Finish Endless Space 2 once
Beat and Complete Operencia

Stretch Goals
Finish the Divertissment and Epilogue of Trails of Cold Steel 2 - At this point, looks like I won't be doing this.
Complete FF VII's Hard Mode and obtain all trophies - goal: through Chapter 5 - Also probably won't be doing this.
Platinum God of War
Finish Moonlighter
Added: Get to the Credits in Hades
Beat Fire Emblem - Three Houses

2020 GotY Eligible:

Spoiler:

Apotheon - Intended to play, never made it past the beginning
The Banner Saga
Bastion
Endless Space 2
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Gris
Hades
Helltaker
Horizon Zero Dawn
Islanders
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - I put this on here because I expected to play it a ton after I bought it, but never made it further than the first 10 minutes.
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales - although I only just bought it yesterday, I'm at 20% already. The game's short and I fully expect to be able to rate it for GotY
Moonlighter
Ni No Kuni 2
Old World
Ori and the Blind Forest
A Short Hike
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Superflight
Waking Mars
Wintermoor Tactics Club

Goals for Q1 2021:

Spoiler:

For the first time in a couple years, I won't be playing along with the JRPG Club -- I don't have it in me to go through DQ XI again. That opens up quite a bit of time. Here are my big picture goals:
1. Reduce backlog to 80 - whether by finishing games or deciding to retire some
2. No game purchases until, and maybe except, Persona 5 Strikers (Feb. 20, 2021)
3. Finish the following:

  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS4)
  • Tyranny (PC)
  • Pikmin 3 Deluxe (Switch)
  • Fire Emblem 3 Houses (Switch)
  • The Banner Saga Switch)
  • Operencia (PC)

4. Other gaming goals:

  • Complete Valkyria Chronicles 4 (PS4)
  • Host Persephone's Party in Hades (Switch)
  • Get through Chapter 8 in Ni No Kuni 2 (PS4)

5. Revisit 5 PC games, with the goal of either deciding to play them, or retiring them from the backlog

I guess I've been absent for a bit from here. My gaming has completely trailed off at the end of the year. I'm still playing but haven't felt like I made much progress in anything. I haven't touched my Switch since October. I did managed to find a PS5 at launch so I have been playing that.

September to December Report:

Added:
Yoshi's Crafted World
Super Mario 3D All-Stars
Langrisser 1 and 2
Fenyx (PS5)
Watch Dogs Legion (PS5)
Cyberpunk 2077 (PS4)
Trails of Cold Steel 4 (PS4)
Assassin's Creed Valhalla (PS5)
Anno 1800 (PC)
Airborne Kingdom (PC)
Ghost of Tsushima (PS4)

Finished:
Bug Snax (PS5) Platinum Trophy!!!
Astro's Playroom (PS5)
What the Golf (I Pad)

Most of my time has been spent playing racing stuff, and the new PS5 games. I did put a bunch of time in Trails of Cold Steel 4, but it's a 100 hour game so I doubt it will be done very soon with the way I've been playhing. My daughter absolutely loves Bugsnax so I actually ended up getting the Platinum trophy while playing with her. Astro's Playroom was an absolute joy and one of the best introductions to a console.

Not sure what the next year will hold but we'll see

I don't feel bad about my play times this year but there isn't anything on this list I saw the credits roll on.
I would still like to play/finish FE: 3 houses and Y's 8 but I am not terribly interested in the rest.

Interesting to look at what I wanted to play a year ago and how much it has changed.

farley3k wrote:

I started one a couple days ago but I like having your traditional tread more.

So for me I want to finish*

Lugi's Mansion 3
Yakuza Kiwami
Control
Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Astral Chain
Y's VIII
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

Games I know are coming out that I want to play
Cyberpunk 2077
Final Fantasy 7 remake

And a couple I want to play more of because I love them

Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Witcher 3

That seems like a doable list actually.

*finish to me doesn't mean see the credits it means feel like I beat the game. I already feel that way about Breath of the Wild and the Witcher 3 but I just love playing them so much I want to play them more.

December report:

A bit early, but I don't expect anything to change over the next two days, so here is my

Added:

  • Dragon Quest XI S (PC) (for the JRPG game club)

Finished:

  • Hob (PC)

Dropped:
Nothing

Played:

  • Assassin's Creed III (PC)
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails From Zero (PC)
  • Ring Fit Adventure (Switch)
  • Dragon Quest XI S (PC)

Hob and Assassin's Creed III were not on my priority list. I was in the mood for something different, so I fired Hob on a Friday afternoon and then spent an entire weekend on it. I had a blast, and it was my GOTY! Not sure why I installed AC3 and why I started it, but here I am, about 10 hours in. It's OK, and will probably get to the end of it... eventually. AC games are the games I play when I want to play something and listen to a podcast at the same time (even though I do want to reduce multi-tasking to a minimum).

I was hoping to get Trails From Zero done in December, but I think I'm only about halfway through. I started DQXI, but I think I'm only two hours in or something like that. I expect this won't become my primary game until Trails from Zero is out of the way.

I had to stop playing Ring Fit Adventure mid-month due to knee issues. The issues are slowly resolving themselves, so I should be able to resume at some point in January.

I don't expect much to change in the next couple days either. Here's where the backlog stands at the end of 2020:

  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
  • Darksiders III
  • Death Stranding
  • Else Heart.Break() (White Whale)
  • Homeworld Collection
  • Jurassic World: Evolution
  • King's Bounty: Crossworlds (White Whale)
  • King's Bounty: The Legend (White Whale)
  • Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition (White Whale)
  • Shadow Tactics
  • The Last of Us Part II
  • Yakuza Kiwami II

I started 2020 with 11 games on the backlog, and now end it with 12. I'm currently in the midst of playing Shadow Tactics, so it hopefully won't be too much longer before I knock it off the list. Christmas saw the addition of two PS4 games, and various sales throughout the year added a few here and there.

Despite not making a net reduction throughout the year, I managed to clear off several white whales that had been lingering for several years, so I feel pretty good about my overall progress. Still got a handful of those left, but the steady progress is encouraging. A couple games this year I didn't enjoy enough to finish, but that's okay. No need to force myself to suffer through something I'm not enjoying.

The sheer amount of Final Fantasy 14 I played this year prevented me from making more progress I suppose, but I thoroughly love that game, so no regrets there.

On to 2021, and perhaps the removal of the last few white whales to go.

December Report

GAMES COMPLETED:

  • Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon
  • Halo 4
  • Chronos: Before the Ashes

GAMES PLAYED:

  • Hades
  • Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
  • Halo 2
  • Mega Man Zero

SHORT AND SWEET:
While only part-time and temporary, having work in some form allowed me to play games guilt-free, and it was wonderful.

Spoiler: THE OVERWROUGHT NAVEL-GAZING:

Not really as much to say here that hasn't already been said in other locations. As stated above, I've gotten myself a contract for work that is only part-time, and while it technically hasn't been as many hours as promised, it has also been extended into next week. This has left me with a lot of time to just play a game on one monitor while waiting for new work in my inbox, at which point I "clock in" and do my duties. That I have some form of work is a relief, and therefore when I play games, I can do so without feeling like I "really ought to be doing something more productive".

Realistically, I should still be hammering my resume out. Instead, I'm waiting on one interview to get back to me (darn holidays ruining timely replies), and another to... well, also get back to me. I've reached out, but received nothing back. I'll start caring again sometime next month.

I've been trying to figure out what I want to do creatively, as I still love discussing and contemplating game design, yet haven't had the right enthusiasm for the blog or YouTube and have instead focused more on my podcast and Twitch. But, that's stuff no one here cares much about.

Really, though, December was probably my best gaming month in a long time. While Halo 4 was still a disappointment so many years later, it was also fun just fighting Covenant again with a buddy. I just finished Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, which tempted me to nudge it higher on my GotY list. On the whole, I know it's only the bias of having just finished the game that has urged me such, and that it is fine at the spot of #5. While I may not be as warm on Hades as others, it's still a pretty nice game to jump into and just enjoy the raw combat mechanics of. If I were to begin talking about Yakuza: Like a Dragon, I'd not stop. And Chronos: Before the Ashes was perhaps one of the best decisions I could have made, and I'm already tempted to restart on a higher difficulty. That, or dig through Bloodborne again.

Just a really good month for me.


Now then, for the 2020 tally.

Spoiler: GAMES OF 2020 PLAYED:

Darksiders: Genesis
Persona 5 Royal
Resident Evil 3
Final Fantasy VII Remake

DOOM Eternal
Sakura Wars
Phantasy Star Online 2
Streets of Rage 4
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town
Ghost of Tsushima
Double Kick Heroes
Ogre Tale
Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles: Remastered
Takeshi & Hiroshi
Man Eater
BPM: Bullets Per Minute
Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth*

Super Mario Bros. 35
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Hades
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
Phasmaphobia
Chronos: Before the Ashes

Beaten: 11
Total: 23

Spoiler: GAMES OF PRIOR YEARS

Pokemon Shield
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
Remnant: From the Ashes
ReCore
Halo 5
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Gears of War 4
428 Shibuya Scramble

Ring Fit Adventure
Tokyo Xanadu Ex+
Trials of Mana (Collection of Mana)
Bloodborne

Anthem
Dark Souls Remastered
Hollow Knight
Dark Souls 3
Lost Planet 3
Yakuza Kiwami 2
Code Vein
Touhou Luna Nights
The Silver Case
Super Mario Bros.
Minecraft
The Witcher 3
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
Among Us
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Beaten: 12
Total: 27

Spoiler: REPEATS

Gears of War 2
Gears of War 3

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore
Final Fantasy VII
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Fire Emblem: Awakening
Resident Evil 5
Halo: Reach
Halo 4
The Wonderful 101 Remastered
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Darksiders 3
Shadow Complex

Bioshock
Metroid Prime
Destiny 2
Batman: Arkham Asylum
God of War
Darksiders

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Theatrhythm: Curtain Call
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario World

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Left 4 Dead 2

Beaten: 13
Total: 27

OVERALL BEATEN: 36
OVERALL PLAYED: 77

Spoiler: LET'S GET VERBOSE IN REFLECTION

So being cramped inside and unemployed for the vast majority of the resulted in a total of 77 friggin' games being played. Lordy. Of course, of those 77, only 36 were beaten, meaning less than half.

Last year I noted the "problem with my system" lied in part to games such as Destiny 2, which I'm just never going to "beat" because they aren't designed for that. Such games only increased this year, though you could argue I "beat" Super Mario 35 by hitting #1 on Christmas. Nonetheless, games like Phasmaphobia, Among Us, Super Mario 35, these aren't games that you "beat" because they're designed to keep being played. Similarly, in my tally of "new" 2020 games, I included the early-access Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth, even though I'm not considering it a completed 2020 game for the purposes of next year's Game of the Year. I'm instead planning to wait for its release.

Ultimately, there's a whole host of things that contributed to so many games being played and so many being left incomplete. One of those is the horrifying ease in which I sunk into retail therapy. When you combined the original stimulus with my unemployment, I was getting more money than I did when I had a job. While I tried to be responsible with that cash, I also took it for granted. In addition to paying off my car, I bought a new PC. Before the new PC, I was purchasing games on Xbox One and PS4 for cheap that I wasn't wholly certain I'd ever play. I should have waited on Man Eater, but instead I bought it full price, and now regret that decision. I bought DOOM Eternal, which in hindsight I really should have waited on a sale. I liked DOOM, but I didn't love it. Eternal looked like fun, and it certainly looked really neat when I watched a friend stream it. But I should not have taken the chance.

On top of that, now that my PC can actually run games, I went on a bit of a sale binger at times. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is that cheap? Why not give it a try! I'll stream it! And then... midway through the second stream say "Screw this, I'm gonna play Sakuna instead because at least I like that".

And this was a continuing trend throughout most of the year. From the very beginning, I found myself disappointed in the absolute blandness of Darksiders: Genesis, a game I'd been hyped for. Double Kick Heroes just did not play well on Switch, and Ogre Tale on Steam just didn't feel great to play. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered wasn't bad to play, but is also clearly of its time and lacking compared to modern multiplayer experiences. The Silver Case was a whole lot of text with not a lot of gameplay and, overall, just wasn't enjoyable to even read. The list goes on and on.

What's more, a whole host of factors have impacted my desire and ability to work on the YouTube channel. I never finished Final Fantasy VII because the Remake threw me off my intended desire for a video on the game. I needed to clear space, so I packed the WiiU away and therefore abandoned the ideas to make videos on The Wind Waker and Metroid Prime as a trilogy. I recorded and played a whole host of Mario games (I didn't even include the time spent playing about two hours each in Sunshine, Galaxy, 64, and Odyssey for recording, so the numbers are technically even worse), and of course, the multiple times I played through Darksiders. And what do I have to show for it? Not much: I released one video this year. Of course, my office is in a very open location, and with everyone working from home it is difficult to get any sense of peace in this house. I'd typically go to the coffee shop for writing, but that's closed. The library helped, but I was never able to stick around there for more than a few hours. So not only was playtime screwed up by attempts to work on new videos, but I ultimately have nothing to show for it.

In the end, I was thrown way off in 2020 and all of my goals and guidelines of the past threw years had been thrown out the window. I bought things that I wasn't 100% sure were for me and only had mild interest in. I failed to stick to a "recording plan" and just played a whole lot of stuff without making any good on it. About the only thing I made good on was abandoning something I wasn't really enjoying.

Clearly, I need to be better about my gaming spending in 2021, regardless of whether I'm fully employed again or not. However, I need to make sure my time is better spent. So, let's look at some of my goals in 2020.

Spoiler: 2020 GOALS

The first thing is to assemble an actual pile again. There's a lot of games from 2020 that I haven't gotten around to beating, and other games I've purchased that I'd like to eventually get to. Instead of making just one big pile list, however, I want to make a sorted list based on priority and game type. The first list will be games I am currently playing.

ACTIVE GAMES

  • Mega Man Zero (PC)
  • Hades (PC)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Switch)
  • The Witcher 3 (Xbox One)

Though I didn't touch The Witcher 3 for a while, I'm listing it as active. I'll be knocking the difficulty down to normal since it's clear the higher difficulty is only for people that have played the game, know what's coming, and know where to find ingredients for the different concoctions. "But why'd you play on a higher difficulty?" Because everyone said the gameplay was nothing to write home about, and some even said too easy, so I figured a higher difficulty would encourage me to interact more deeply with the mechanics. Needless to say, Hard mode is not for first-time playthroughs.

Now then, onto what I'm calling the Priority Pile. These are games I either installed on Steam to play, or are games I purchased and want to really get into or back to on Switch, Xbox, or PS4.

PRIORITY PILE:

  • Daemon X Machina (PC)
  • Salt & Sanctuary (PC)
  • Gears Tactics (PC)
  • Tales of Vesperia (PC)
  • Sakura Wars (PS4)
  • AI: The Somnium Files (PS4)
  • Crystar (PS4)
  • Code Vein (PS4, unless purchased on PC for cheap)
  • Okami HD (PS4)
  • Monster Hunter World (PS4)
  • Touhou Luna Nights (Xbox, PC)
  • Resident Evil VII (Xbox, PC)
  • Grandia HD Collection (Switch)
  • Tokyo Dark: Remembrance (Switch)
  • Valkyria Chronicles (Switch)
  • SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech (Switch)
  • Pokemon Shield (Switch)

Technically I could sort this pile even further if I wanted to based on platform, which I sort of did here. Games installed on PC first, then PS4, then Xbox, then Switch. Unfortunately, the list may technically be longer as I don't have a way to access my Xbox console game library from the computer, just my list of achievements.

As time has progressed, almost all of my gaming has converted over to PC. This is new for me. I like being able to walk away from the computer and I like having suspend modes in my games. However, with this PC upgrade and its solid-state drive, everything performs beautifully and load times are a non-issue. It has killed any desire in me to get a PS5 or Xbox Series S/X. That I can just plug my controller in and play as if it's a console is perfect. So, I haven't really touched my PS4 or Xbox in a while, and the Switch just for little excursions into Xenoblade on occasion.

The only exception are certain ports. I discovered that the Mega Man Zero Collection has some insane screen tearing going on in the PC version. Yakuza: Like a Dragon? Fine, even after I turned VSync off to better time blocks and such. Old GBA game? Yikes. So it's possible I will just purchase it again on Switch or something when it's on sale again.

Regardless, I'm hoping to get better at playing across multiple systems now that I've beaten Sakuna, Like a Dragon, and Chronos. I'm not about to hammer away at Hades, since doing so would drive me to hate the game. I'll instead play it every so often, making light progress until I can successfully beat it and see the credits roll. The problem is that I've never made decent progress trying to have "one main game per platform", especially now that there are four platforms I'm playing across. It's more likely I'll have one or two main games of focus with others I dabble in. Using certain titles as "stream games", however, has occasionally made it easier for me to manage the number of titles I'm playing. As such, I may swap out Mega Man Zero for Daemon X Machina. We'll see.

MULTIPLAYER PILE:

  • Remnant: From the Ashes (Xbox, PS4)
  • Gears of War 5 (Xbox)
  • Ghost of Tsushima: Legends (PS4)
  • Phasmophobia (PC)
  • River City Girls (PC)
  • Pokken Tournament DX
  • Destiny 2: Beyond Light (PS4, PC?)
  • Dark Souls? (PS4)

These are games that largely depend on friends and therefore scheduling with them. As a result, they're not on the priority list. Nothing much more to say about them than that, with Dark Souls at the bottom as something I may try playing co-op as I had Bloodborne with my friend Nolan (even if the Humanity system makes it all annoying compared to Bloodborne).

There are plenty of other games I'd like to play or replay, or even franchises I'd like to move on with. For example, I'd like to play Danganronpa 2. However, there are so many games I need to clear out of my pile that I do not yet find it to be a priority. Simultaneously, there are games I'd like to replay. I just got The Wonderful 101 Remastered, for example, and only played a few levels of it. I'd also like to replay Bayonetta leading into the (hopeful) 2021 release of Bayonetta 3. It would be nice to get the No More Heroes bundle to do the same for No More Heroes 3. Perhaps those ought to be my stream games? Something worth considering, I think, and perhaps I'll put that list together another time. For now, I'll keep it at just the top titles that I'm prioritizing.

However, there are plenty of titles that will be releasing or I'd like to purchase that will no doubt put a wrench into current plans. So, let's see what they look like.

GAMES COMING IN 2021:

  • The Medium (Xbox, PC)
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game: Complete Edition (multiplatform)
  • Cyber-Shadow (multiplatform)
  • Ys IX: Monstrum Nox (PS4)
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (Switch)
  • Bravely Default II (Switch)
  • Persona 5 Strikers (multiplatform)
  • Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake (multiplatform)
  • Monster Hunter Rise (Switch)
  • Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town (Switch)
  • Nier Replicant (multiplatform)
  • Rune Factory 5 (Switch)
  • Back 4 Blood (multiplatform)
  • Crimson Desert (multiplatform)
  • Evil Dead: The Game (multiplatform)
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo (multiplatform)
  • God of War Sequel (PS5)
  • Gotham Knights (multiplatform)
  • The Gunk (PC, Xbox)
  • Halo Infinite (PC, Xbox)
  • Hogwarts Legacy (multiplatform)
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (PC, PS4)
  • Mass Effect: Legendary Edition (multiplatform)
  • Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin (Switch)
  • Neptunia Virtual Stars (PS4)
  • No More Heroes 3 (Switch)
  • Praey For the Gods (multiplatform)
  • Resident Evil Village (multiplatform)
  • SaGa Frontier Remastered (multiplatform)
  • Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne Remastered (Switch, PS4)
  • Shin Megami Tensei 5 (Switch)
  • Bayonetta 3 (Switch)

Dang... dang... that's a lot of games. But, y'know what? Let's strip that down a bit. Let's remove games I'm only mildly interested in, and leave just the "I must play this".

GAMES COMING IN 2021 THAT I MUST PLAY:

  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game: Complete Edition (multiplatform)
  • Ys IX: Monstrum Nox (PS4)
  • Bravely Default II (Switch)
  • Persona 5 Strikers (multiplatform)
  • Monster Hunter Rise (Switch)
  • Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town (Switch)
  • Nier Replicant (multiplatform)
  • Rune Factory 5 (Switch)
  • Back 4 Blood (multiplatform)
  • Crimson Desert (multiplatform)
  • Hogwarts Legacy (multiplatform)
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (PC, PS4)
  • No More Heroes 3 (Switch)
  • Praey For the Gods (multiplatform)
  • Resident Evil Village (multiplatform)
  • Shin Megami Tensei 5 (Switch)
  • Bayonetta 3 (Switch)

That's far more manageable, and still is being generous to a few titles in terms of what is a "must play". Unfortunately, there's bound to be new announcements in 2021 of games that I don't even know are being made, or titles that I have forgotten about and Wikipedia hasn't listed. Regardless, as usual, new games throw a wrench into plans.

Even more are the games that I wanted to play this year, but missed out on. Let's look back at what I'd like to snag on sale or off Game Pass when I can:

GAMES I MISSED:

  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (PS4)
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (multiplatform)
  • Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Switch)
  • Star Wars: Squadrons (multiplatform)
  • Immortals: Fenyx Rising (multiplatform)
  • The Pathless (PS4, Epic)
  • Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS4, PS5)
  • Moon (Switch)
  • No Straight Roads (multiplatform)
  • Trials of Mana (remake) (multiplatform)
  • Dragon Quest XI S (multiplatform)

Yikes! Now, some of these I can wait on, such as The Pathless or Immortals finally releasing on Steam. However, that's a number of games I wanted to get around to this year but couldn't.

So what is there to do? I dunno. Writing all this out has really helped me figure out that I need to come up with better ways of tackling the number of games I did buy, and to reduce the number of new-to-me titles purchased. In addition, once I've completed the script for my Darksiders video (which I will make, dag nabbit), it's a matter of deciding what video to make next and how to schedule time to record. For now, however, I think the top priority is to stop adding games to the pile and to instead catch up on what it is I have.

We'll... see how well that goes.

Regardless, 2021 is looking a bit daunting, but all told, I at least have no shortage of games to play.

Hey, we made it through the year, hooray! December report.

Added:

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey (uPlay) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif) - Thank you to Bonus for the birthday gift. <3
  • Monster Prom 2: Monster Camp (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif) - Thank you to PinkDino for the Christmas gift. <3
  • Whispers of a Machine (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif) - Thank you to ZoSo for the Christmas gift. <3

Finished:

  • Outer Wilds (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) - And what a ride that was.

Dropped:
None!

Played:

  • Among Us (Steam) IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif)IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) - Playing with goodjers and just so - much - fun.
  • Assorted mobile otome games. <3 Keeping me sane in 2020.

Remaining games: 51 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) (50 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif))
Progress (Games): 28 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) + 7 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif) - 21 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif) = 14
Est. remaining hours: 721 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) (704 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif))
Progress (Est. total hours): 176 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/beaten.gif) + 138 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/null.gif) + 3 played IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif) - 229 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/new.gif) = 88

Backloggery is at 23. Not great, but considering everything... I'm not doing too badly. GOTY has been keeping me busy too, so there's that. Here's to the 2021 Pile being a bit better. See y'all on the other side.

December Report~

Added:
Persona 4 Golden (Steam)
Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (Steam)
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Steam)
Disc Creatures (Steam)
Doom (2016) (Steam)
Life is Strange 2 (Steam)
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Switch)
A Short Hike (Epic)
Death Stranding
Outer Wilds (Epic)

Beat:
New Super Lucky's Tale (Xbox Game Pass PC)

Made Progress In:
Ring Fit Adventure (Switch)
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)
Overcooked 2 (Switch)
Dragon Quest XI (Xbox Game Pass PC)
Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (Switch)
Call of the Sea (Xbox Game Pass PC)
Doom Eternal (Xbox Game Pass PC)
Haven (Xbox Game Pass PC)

Planned Games To Beat In 2020

Spoiler:

Overcooked! (Switch)
Control (PS4)
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (Steam)
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (Steam)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4)
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (PS4)
Kingdom Hearts 3 (PS4)
The Witness (Steam)
God of War 2018 (PS4)
Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4)
Resident Evil HD remaster (PS4)
Black Mesa (Steam)
Paper Mario: Color Splash (Wii U)
Star Fox Zero (Wii U)
Star Fox Guard (Wii U)
Assassin's Creed: Origins (Uplay)

Oof, I did not do well pile wise this month or this year really. On the flip side, I was able to join a GWJ Among Us game which was fun. Hoping to do that more in the future.

December, and 2020, are in the rear view mirror now. Funny how that time flew by despite it being what it was, the year.

Added to the Pile:

Cyberpunk 2077 (PS4)
Pilgrims (PC)
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest (PC)
Vampire: The Masquerade - Shadows of New York (PC)
Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York (PC)
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics (PC)
Out There (PC)
Mighty Switch Force! Collection (PC)
Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King (Switch)
Whipseey and the Lost Atlas (Switch)
Ghost of Tsushima (PS4)
Adventures of Mana (PSVita)
The Red Star (PSVita)
Person 4: Dancing All Night (PSVita)
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Switch)
Pikmin 3 Deluxe (Switch)
Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX (PS4)
Morbid: The Seven Acolytes (Switch)
Fire Emblem 30th Anniversary Edition (Switch)

Beat:

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II

Played:

A ton of stuff, but made progress of any import in only a few things not worth noting for now.

Looks like I didn't post anything in Q4 so here is my final update for 2020:

Recently Added:
Ghosts of Tshushima

Finished:
Pac Mac 256 - fun time waster
The Order: 1886 - that was a game...combat was pretty fun but there was too much walking/watching cutscenes and not enough doing
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture - needed a short game for a platinum trophy for an event on True Trophies and this one fit, very glitchy and even though I walked played through the game multiple times, I'm still not sure what happened

Played:
Trails of Cold Steel II
Giana Sisters
Genshin Impact

Didn't make much progress on the pile but didn't add to it either. Hoping for a better 2021 on multiple fronts.

Just a quick note before the 2021 thread goes up. So the new year begins, and I immediately buy not one, not two, not three, but seven new games. Sure. Okay, then. Retail therapy it is. And I'm making a Big Decision(TM). For 2021, I'm nuking the column with the disk space taken up by the game. Now that Shadow of War is out of the way, most of the games I own are 26 Gb or less, and I don't have space issues like I did before. Well, there's the exception of AC Odyssey, but I'm going to play that sooner rather than later, and don't need the incentive.
Feels weird to remove that column though.

Oh, and one of my goals was to work towards the Pile being smaller so I didn't have to scroll down in my spreadsheet. A problem which was apparently solved by... buying a higher res monitor... ^^

Buying games now is the best way to do it. Hide away your shame in the old thread right before it is forgotten ^^

Speaking of which.
December

Finished:
Cyberpunk 2077

Added:
Red Dead Redemption 2
Persona 5 Royal
Sayonara Wild Hearts
Children of Morta
Last Epoch

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No way, I'm going to fess up at the end of the month. But I already finished one of them, The Librarian, soooooo.... progress? Maybe?

And I also got Sayonara Wild Hearts, it looks awesome.

I’m going to try to participate in the thread this year. That said I probably won’t make much progress soon since I’m in MMO mode right now. Really my goal is more to track better what I’m playing. I added a time tracker app to my phone to track time playing individual games. So far seems like it will be cool info to have.

I need to keep up with this thread more in the new year. Didn’t track all the games I played but here are the games I beat and added. I need to branch out more from my MMOs and old favorites.

Beat: 11
Age of Conan
Battletech
Frostpunk
Monster Train
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth
Jackbox Party 2
Oh Sir! Hollywood Roast
Oh Sir!
Small World
Among Us
Broforce

Added:12
Untitled Goose Game
Hades
Age of Wonders: Planetfall
Reigns
Baba is You
Tacoma
Total war: Three Kingdoms
Crusader Kings 3
WOW Shadowlands
Last of Us
Gladius
Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Current backlog state: IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unfinished.gif)92 IMAGE(http://backloggery.com/images/unplayed.gif)36

Eleima wrote:

Just a quick note before the 2021 thread goes up. So the new year begins, and I immediately buy not one, not two, not three, but seven new games. Sure. Okay, then. Retail therapy it is.

Let me start this out by saying: You are not alone. This thread and the idea it incorporates aren't about stopping you from buying games. Let's be honest: that's be a fool's errand. It's more about recognizing what you have, being okay with throwing out titles that don't catch your interest or that you will never play, and trying to focus on what you already have; there's no hard and fast rule. I think with 2020 coming to a close, we all just need a reminder that it's okay to be flawed and trying to enjoy our escapism of choice is valid.

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Eleima wrote:

I'm making a Big Decision(TM). For 2021, I'm nuking the column with the disk space taken up by the game. Now that Shadow of War is out of the way, most of the games I own are 26 Gb or less, and I don't have space issues like I did before.

Less cruft! Hurray!

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Eleima wrote:

Oh, and one of my goals was to work towards the Pile being smaller so I didn't have to scroll down in my spreadsheet. A problem which was apparently solved by... buying a higher res monitor... ^^

Either way, problem solved. Also, new monitor? Yes, please!

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Trueheart, your post brought much joy, I want you to know that. <3
And yeah, I’m definitely not beating myself up (much) over it. I’m insanely lucky to be in a position where I can indulge, and I’m more than happy to spend money on games and developers I want to support. I hope to manage to get them all, but at the end of the day, there are only 24 hours and only so little time for gaming, so I just make do as best I can and that’s all anyone can ask for, right?

And yes, I *do* love that shiny new res, and it’s been hard to go back to 1080p at work, but the head of IT won’t buy me new monitors. ^^

Accidents happen.

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Eleima wrote:

Trueheart, your post brought much joy, I want you to know that. <3

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Long time no see, y'all.

I started the year out by tracking the pile very closely. I wanted to get a better picture of what I was spending money on, how long things were sitting unplayed, and other things like that. Metrics! I was going to conquer the pile with data!

I gave up in April. There were other things going on, and I didn't have the emotional bandwidth to deal with it.

Surprisingly, I didn't try to cope with the stress of the pandemic by buying a bunch of games. Instead, I got super into Legos. Go figure.

In September, I was ready to declare myself broken of my concern for the pile. By the combined forces of Game Pass and not caring, I was free from the pile at last! That feeling didn't last. Or rather, it lasted right up until I took a good look at what I hadn't played and realized that I felt... Not bad about it, but disappointed that I'd never made time for these things.

So here I am in January, looking at the pile again for the first time in ten months. But I'm also looking at it a bit differently: not as metrics and trends and data, and not as a list of vegetables I need to finish so I can have my dessert.

It's a list of experiences I'd like to have. That's it. That's why I bought them in the first place! I feel like going into the new year, I want to focus on continuing to view my games in that way.

I also want to concentrate on learning how to decide what to play, and on deciding when to stop playing something. I don't always have a good handle on when to give up on something, so that's a skill that could use some work.

Good luck to you all in the year ahead!

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I don't always have a good handle on when to give up on something, so that's a skill that could use some work.

If you figure it out let me know please.

Stele wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

I don't always have a good handle on when to give up on something, so that's a skill that could use some work.

If you figure it out let me know please.

A couple recent examples for me.

If I feel like the game isn’t delivering entertainment, it goes. I wanna have fun or feel engaged, regardless of the zeitgeist. I bailed on Control because, although I love the aesthetics, it just felt like going through the motions; the story did not engage me and the combat didn’t feel “fun” to me. Was it hard to jettison? Certainly, especially being a gift. It’s a very interesting world, but I wasn’t enjoying it.

A game also needs to respect my time. Watch Dogs Legion is in the naughty corner for losing 6 hours of progress over 3 play sessions (no manual save on Series X). It also doesn’t yet work with Quick Resume, so once that firmware update goes live, I’ll dive back in.

I started 2020 blithely unconcerned with the status of the pile, my only goals being to make better use of my time and maybe join in with game club threads as it made sense. And I did enjoy some games with the Adventure Game Club, so there's that! The stress of the year pretty well wiped out progress toward my primary goal though. Much like clock, I felt that disappointment for the games I hadn't made time for.

So, I've started compiling a new priority list - initially just the most interesting things from my pile that popped up on the GOTY thread, then filled in with pile experiences that I've saved for "dessert" over the years, along with a time estimate for each of them. I'm not entirely sure how to work through them now, but I have a rough order. The list is certainly not complete, and thinking that I'll just run down it to the end is utter foolishness (as is thinking I could possible get through the list in less than at least a couple of years). But at least it's something to work from rather than being overwhelmed by the vastness of the pile.

One thing that did continue throughout the year is random pile game time with my kids. I picked up that absurdly monstrous itch.io Racial Justice bundle earlier in the year, and much of our pile delving time has been spent using a randomizer on that stuff alone. We've had to skip a few more mature titles that came up from time to time, but overall we've had an unexpectedly great time seeing if we can find the fun in a lot of weird little games.