February was all about showing your video game backlog some attention. #LoveYourBacklog Month encouraged everyone to share their love for their pile of video games – something which is a sign of just show much we love our hobby, rather than a source of guilt.
The backlog appreciation isn’t over just yet as we have more planned for the next few weeks. Ellen from Ace Asunder and I asked bloggers to nominate unplayed or unfinished titles in five categories last month, including the one that had spent the most time in their library. So how about now trying to complete it for #MaybeInMarch? It might seem a daunting prospect at first, but you’ll have a bunch of other bloggers doing the same and you can find out which game I’ll be attempting myself later in this post.
This event is open to everyone regardless of whether they participated in February’s #LoveYourBacklog event or not. It also doesn’t need to be focused on your Steam library, although that’s what I chose to do to make things simpler for myself. If you’d like to use this platform too and aren’t sure how to find out which game has been waiting in your library the longest: click on your name in the top-right hand corner of the window, go to Account details and then click on View licenses and product key activations.
#MaybeInMarch is more than just about ticking a title off your list, however. Like last month’s event, it’s a way of celebrating the awesome releases which make up your library and showing that a backlog of any size isn’t a reason for guilt. A pile of games is a sign of how much you love your hobby along with the variety we have available to us nowadays – and the bigger your mountain, the more likely it is you’ll have something you play whatever mood you’re in.
My nominated game for the first #MaybeInMarch in 2019 was LIMBO by Playdead, which I managed to complete and come up with some theories about the ending. This was followed by Thomas Was Alone by Mike Bithell in 2020 but I decided to give up after four hours because it wasn’t something I was enjoying. That’s the beauty of this event: it gives us a chance to try a title we might have forgotten about, perhaps a genre we wouldn’t normally play, and inspires plenty of discussion while we’re doing it.
When I checked my Steam account while writing my #LoveYourBacklog post, I realised that the game which had spent the longest on my backlog this time around wasn’t one but several. The following were purchased as a bundle 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. I’ve finally decided which one to nominate for this year – although I would have been happy with any of them because it’s not another platformer!
My #MaybeInMarch nomination for 2021 is Machinarium by Amanita Design. Playing some of it with friend-of-the-blog Phil while hanging out at his house one weekend inspired me to buy the title for myself eight years ago, but I think I got distracted by other titles and didn’t go on to install it. This point-and-click tells the story of a robot who has been exiled to the scrap-heap and must get back into the city to rescue his robot-girlfriend, save the head of the city and defeat the bad guys from the Black Cap Brotherhood.
I’m planning to stream Machinarium this month and then publish a post in a few weeks’ time to share my thoughts on the game. Ellen and I are looking forward to reading all about your #MaybeInMarch nominations too, and will be sharing everybody’s posts on Twitter.
Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.