So Many Games It’s Like Being Strangled With My Own Hand

evil-dead-handHaving more money and less time on my hands than when I was younger has led to me a terrible dilemma: too many games, not enough time! I have games from two Christmases ago that I have yet to even play, let alone beat.

Thanks to my newly purchased Wii from Eddy, the unplayed games total just got bigger. It spans 4 different systems, 2 different generations and that doesn’t even include classics from the Virtual Console and PSN! Plus, I have a one game subscription to GameFly that usually gets played more than the games I own! I seriously am putting an end to any and all game purchases (except for PSN and Virtual Console…a guy’s gotta have something new to look forward to) until Christmas of this year. By then, I hope to have made a few dents in the Wall of Games I have sitting in my room, laughing at me. Quit laughing at me!

I know that I will not come close to getting all these done by Christmas, but I want to have some of them out of the way. Problem is, Killzone 2 and Call of Duty 4’s online multiplayer keep distracting me! Plus, I have movies and books that I want to enjoy…I am seriously stressed. So what I do when I get overwhelmed is I make a list and as I complete the items on the list, I get to cross them off. I am very OCD this way, but it feels really good.

So here is my list, broken down by system:

Playstation 3
Resident Evil 5
Killzone 2
Fallout 3
Call of Duty 4
Elder Scrolls III: Oblivion and Shivering Isles
Civilization Revolution
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds

Mario Kart Wii
Super Smash Bros Brawl

Dragon Quest IV
Dragon Quest V
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
Contra 4
Final Fantasy III
Final Fantasy V
Chrono Trigger
Final Fantasy Tactics A2
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates

Final Fantasy X-2
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

PSN Games/PS1 Classics
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Syphon Filter
Calling All Cars
The Last Guy
Super Stardust HD
High Velocity Bowling
Pixeljunk Monsters
Age of Booty
Lumines Supernova

Virtual Console
Super Mario 64
Super Mario RPG
Secret of Mana
Super Punch Out
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As A King
Contra III
Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels
Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse
Breath Of Fire II
Super Metroid
Super Castlevania IV

Current GameFly Game:
Super Mario Galaxy

If time is the fire in which we burn, as was once famously said, then my fire is fading fast! I have hours and hours of gaming ahead of me and it’s time to get organized and kick some ass! So I will be periodically updating you guys on my progress or lack of progress, hopefully the former. Soon as I finish Super Mario Galaxy (25 or so stars to go), I will try to play some Killzone 2…but the online is so addicting that it’s really hard to play the single-player mode!

Eddy also has a backlog as does every gamer these days. Here’s a look at his:

Fallout 3
Penny Arcade Episode 2
Dead Rising

Killzone 2
Valkyria Chronicles

PSN/PS1 Classics

Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy VI
Chrono Trigger

Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core
Final Fantasy Tactics

Now, that is a very reasonable list. I envy him. Looks like Final Fantasy is on everyone’s list of games to get through. I think you really have to be in the mood for that. The problem we all have is that with games like Oblivion or Fallout 3, you can beat it, sure, but never really complete it. And so you keep coming back to it and let other games sit on the shelf. That’s why I stopped playing Madden. Never got around to my other games.

So that’s our sob stories, what does your gaming backlog look like and how do you go about thinning the herd?

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Age: 34 PSN ID: Starkiller81. I've played games since before I can remember, starting with my dad's Atari and I haven't stopped yet. Keep them coming and I will keep playing them.

18 thoughts on “So Many Games It’s Like Being Strangled With My Own Hand”

  1. Dang, your list is insane. I have other games that I didn’t include because I haven’t bought them yet, but still… I’m glad I never got into the VC much on the Wii, because that would have made me a crazy person with all those games to finish.

  2. Yeah, I downloaded 5 the first day I got it.

    Another 6 last night,lol.

    But I did finish Actraiser last night, so I did get to cross one off the list! It tingled.

    It’s the DS games that are really killing me.

  3. I saw you have Hot Shots Golf on your list… I was at golf practice last week when it was just me, my 2 friends, and the coach decided to join in a hole. I got up to the tee, shanked it into the woods as usual lol… then my friend gets up, instead of using his Driver, he decides to use a 5 wood. (Sorry for the Golf terminology Ill wrap it up) anyway he hits it and it falls way short of where he was trying. The coach says, Why did you hit your 5 wood its about 250 yards. He responds,”I thought I could make it cause in Hot Shots my driver would have been too far.” After a 10 minute explanation that its a video game the coach was stunned at how ridiculous that reasoning was. He still bases his shots off of how he does on Playstation and its hilarious trying to have him explain.

    Me, Im more of a Tiger Woods 09 person… we thought signing up for golf would be easy because of how fun the game was… its fun, but MUCH harder then using a joystick. First match tomorrow, should be an easy win… for the other team

    Back on topis sorry about that. Syphon Filter is one of my favorite games, its probably because of the time I played it I was younger but it stuck with me. Im gonna go buy it now lol thanks for reminding me. I have a list full of half beaten games and ones Ive only tried once or twice, I need to get on that before I get another. History will show though that its impossible

  4. Holy shit! You guys have let yourselves in for it! On PS3 I’m stuck on Fallout 3, Killzone 2 and COD4 (I’m going through online withdrawel as I post this comment)
    Syphon Filter Dark Mirror AND Logan’s Shadow which I’ve got back into.
    VC action in the guise of OoT and M64 and I’m trying to play Metroid on SNES.
    Oh! And I’m playing Freedom Fighters, Shadow of the Colossus AND Hitman Blood Money on PS2.

    All these are being juggled with revision for exams in school, GCSEs X( so I’m in deep. RE5 will soon be added to my list.

  5. I’m so glad I’m a kid and have enough time to play the games I have.
    Still my list of games isn’t so…daunting.

    Xbox 360:
    Gears 2
    Halo Wars
    Halo 3 (forge and custom games only)
    Left 4 Dead (I wish there was a map editor for the 360, or at least a FREE!!! DLC with maps, whether official or fan-made)
    I might return to Fallout 3, but CoD:WaW’s multiplayer has me hooked.

    Okami (I hadn’t beaten it, and it’s still a lot of fun)

    TF2 (I forgot how awesome TF2 was and still is)
    Insurgency (realistic Half-Life 2 mod)
    I’m thinking of going back to Portal and finishing the Half-Life games I have.

  6. Yikes! I thought I went through some hardcore binges in my years, but I’ve never had a list that full.

    My current selection of tasty digital morsels is very, very small (comparatively, lol). I’m trying to sort out some “RL” things, so my vidja game time is very limited. (Hour or two a night, and weekends) That being said, I do have a few games on the go:

    Wii: Twilight Princess (never beat it all the way through)

    X Box 360: Bully, Halo Wars, R6 Vegas: 2

    PC: Fallout 3, Dawn of War Deux, and CoD: World at War (far, far superior on the PC in my opinion. And yes, I’ve played all three versions, PC, X Box and PS3), and Roller Coaster Tycoon. Found it for five bucks at a local Future Shop.

    PS3: Resident Evil 5 (trying to max all the guns out in co-op. I just got the Longbow for Sheva. Sweeet)

    When I have a major game on the go (like Fallout) I generally forsake all other games in an effort to absorb every scrap of content I can. Twilight Princess is currently my mainstay, and I’m trying to 100% it.

  7. I think you guys are putting too much thought into it. I just play what I feel like playing and if that means other games sit on the shelf, so be it. I do think its a good idea to put off buying new games ’til Christmas though. I just think that making a list and budgeting your time with them (Not counting work, family, etc.) makes playing feel like work.

  8. Bit,

    Playing does feel like work, but fun work! If games sit on the shelf because I am playing Madden forever, that is a waste of money.

    Now, I still play whatever I want, but I am just making more of an effort to finish what I have before starting something else.

  9. Yeah, tonight I turned down an offer to play Halo 3 so I could keep pounding away at Resident Evil 5. I’ve for sure gotten my money’s worth out of Halo 3, so I need to work on other games I’ve spent money on.

  10. Exactly, Eddy! That is all I am talking about. Just trying to keep games from wasting away on the shelf, like I did with some PS2 games,lol.

  11. Right now i’m trying to get general in Killzone 2 so I can use a sniper but I somehow get re-addicted to Warcraft 3 custom games so its taking a while.

  12. I’m currently going through FarCry 2 and World Of Goo. I try to limit myself to 1 serious game at a time, because like i’ve mentioned many times, I mostly play for story, and so I try not to play too many stories at once, its like ready 10 books at once and I’ll get the stories/settings/what i am supposed to do next all mixed up.

    When i lost my Fallout3, I jumped to FarCry, and thankfully it doesnt have much of a storyline; its just nice to shoot and blow stuff up.

    I’m hoping to finish farcry2 before Zeno Clash is released (Check it out on Steam!)

  13. Crazy list. For me I still need to beat the PC Version of Resident Evil 4 on Professional mode, still need to beat Dead to Rights, Rainbow six Vegas on Realistic, still trying to get a handle on Rock Band 2 Hard and Expert modes. And perhaps Indiana Jones and the Emperors Tomb. Still playing World in Conflict online.

  14. I got Far cry 2 on Xmas and I havent played it through yet, because I died in one mission so many times, and I just couldnt and didnt want to start it again. So, now I’ll just wait couple months and try it again. 😀 I also have couple games that I havent even started.

  15. Here’s my list of games played this year:
    Fallout 3
    Pikmin 1 and 2
    LoZ: A Link to the Past
    HL2 series
    Super Mario Galaxies

    I used to feel like a gamer, but compared to you I’m not

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