February is all about #LoveYourBacklog Month, an event designed to encourage everyone to show their appreciation for their pile of games. After all: the more titles you have, the more likely it is you’ll always have something to play.
Ellen from Ace Asunder and I have three activities lined up for anybody who’d like to take part. First, grab yourself a shiny #LoveYourBacklog badge and display it on your blog throughout February with pride; then dedicate a post to your overflowing library as I’m doing below. To keep things simple, I’m choosing to focus on my Steam account only. Having now gone through all 363 of my games to highlight unplayed or unfinished titles in the following categories, it’s now time to show my backlog a bit of affection.
The effect that the 2020 apocalypse had on my backlog
The number of titles in my backlog feels as though it has remained stable over the past year, if not reduced slightly. I’ve managed to complete some old entries and new purchases have been started immediately, thanks to having more time to play due to not needing to commute while working from home during the lockdown. A lot of the upcoming titles on my wishlist and Kickstarter campaign rewards were delayed due to COVID-19 so there haven’t been as many releases to increase the size of my library.
The oldest game on my backlog in terms of release date
Steam doesn’t provide a nice way of sorting your games by date but I think the oldest one in my library right now is Dragon’s Lair. Originally released in 1983, I remember having this on my Amiga when I was kid but don’t recall ever completing it because its quick-time events (QTEs) were so bloody difficult. I couldn’t get the Steam version to run on my old PC when I tried to play it in July 2016 but perhaps it will now work on our new machine; it might make appearance during our upcoming streams for GameBlast21.
A game I bought on day one, only to not play it
I don’t tend to buy titles on the day of their release and on the rare occasion that I do, I’ll usually play them straight away. But I do have a bunch of unplayed games in my backlog that were received after backing successful Kickstarter campaigns. I won’t install them until they’ve made it out of early-access or every episode has been published so I can play the game in full; for example, Praey for the Gods hasn’t yet been touched despite getting the key in January 2019.
The game which has spent the most time on my backlog
It turns out this isn’t one title but several. Checking my Steam account has revealed that the following were purchased as part of a batch of games in July 2013 and still haven’t been played: Dragon’s Lair, The Cave, Papa & Yo, Machinarium, Still Life, Still Life 2 and The Path. As mentioned earlier in this post, the first one in that list hasn’t been played because I couldn’t get it to run previously; but there isn’t really a reason why I haven’t installed the others yet. Maybe I’ll have to do something about that next month.
The most recent addition to my library
My most recent purchase was The Sojourn, a puzzle-adventure set in a very pretty world that should be right up my street. A couple of hours in though and I started to get bored. There’s no obvious storyline; a world which begs to be explored doesn’t seem to hide any secrets at all; and the puzzles started to become a little repetitive. My other-half was rather taken with it though so it’s something we’ll probably finish at some point – but for now, it’s going back onto the backlog.
The person responsible for adding the most entries to my backlog
I met Darkshoxx back in October when he popped up in chat while we were streaming Shivers, and old point-and-click I’d played as a teenager back in the 1990s. Since then we’ve had a number of conversations about video games and I like his taste. Pete and I played Quern – Undying Thoughts for ourselves after watching part of it during one of his streams, and several more adventures have been added to both my library and wishlist thanks to him. Looking forward to more recommendations in the future!
That’s it from my Steam library for now – how about yours? To find out how you can join in with #LoveYourBacklog Month, take a look at this post and keep your eyes open for details about #MaybeInMarch coming soon.
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