I used to have so much time to play video games. When I was a kid, if I got a new game, it would keep me going for months. At Christmas time, when I got a bunch of new games, I was set until NEXT Christmas.
My favorite memories of playing games are in that post-Xmas haze, surrounded by ravaged wrapping paper and trying to decide which game to play first. In the end, it didn’t matter: I had enough time from Winter Break from school to play and beat most games before I went back.
Summer vacations were even better. One summer, in high school, I got mono. Best summer of my life! I played Final Fantasy Tactics, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and dozens of other games all summer long. I read Lord of the Rings and started jotting down ideas for my epic fantasy masterpiece that is currently on hold. I had all the time in the world and I was content.
Even in college, I managed to work my class schedule so I had plenty of time for girls, drunken debauchery, school and videogames. I had class only 2 days a week and the other 5 were always full of fun. I went on a game buying spree, playing games, buying games I would play once I beat other games and borrowing games from friends.
Now, things are so different. Working 40 plus hours a week, I barely have time to play any games. I get maybe an hour a night, and a full day on Sunday playing, if I am lucky. I have a backlog dating back to 2006! I am still trying to muddle through Kingdom Hearts II! I can’t tell you how many games I bought and then traded back without ever really playing them.
Thankfully, things have started to turn around for me. I traded away everything I am not going to play. I have Gamefly.com now, which allows me to play all sorts of games, but instead of playing against a deadline like when you rent from Blockbuster, I can take my time and even play other games and not feel like I am being wasteful. I only buy games that I KNOW I will play again one day. As much as I love Star Wars, The Force Unleashed is a rental. Sorry, but that game probably does not have a ton of replay value for me and I am immune to the lure of Trophies and Achievements.
It’s getting better all the time for me. What follows is a partial list of my backlog of games:
- Final Fantasy IV DS
- Final Fantasy III
- Final Fantasy Tactics A2
- Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds
- Ratchet and Clank 2 and 3
- Jak 3
- Final Fantasy X-2
What games do you guys have on the backburner and do you find yourself short on time when it comes to games?