I’ve noticed a trend of people complaining about owning too many games and having too much stuff they’ve never played, or never beaten. In all of these cases, the backlog issue remains unsolved. People look for “motivation” and ask for help how to clear their backlog. You get all the standard answers like “stop buying games” and “dedicate some time every day” or “use backloggery”. Fair enough advice. You know what though? Having too many games is a pretty good problem to have.
Forcing yourself to get through entertainment is an unnatural process. These are games, not chores. You don’t pay for the right to do a chore. Just leave them until you genuinely feel like playing them. There’s no timer, no expiry date… Imagine if you died and all your unfinished games were put on your tombstone. “Here lies AJ Brown of Backloggery, games unfinished – 83”. It’s so insignificant. I’d rather spend more time playing the games I find great. Life’s too short for Final Fantasy X-2.
If there’s a game you’ve played for a couple of hours, and haven’t gone back to it in years, there’s probably a good reason for that. The game probably isn’t very good. Just throw it away, or sell it. You don’t have to see the whole thing. If you see an ugly person on the street, do you feel like taking their shirt off? Didn’t think so, keep these games in their cases.
Who has a sore backlog they need to scratch?