this is silly.
games are for buying, not playing!
I went through my Steam library yesterday to categorize my games and found many I didn't even remember buying... perhaps they came in packs. So...
Anyone played the Elven Legacy series? Seems like it could be a good time.
This morning's post of the games of 2012 on the blog got me really excited. I suspect some of your willpower may be ground down by all these exciting things. Good luck to you all and godspeed!
I think there is a standalone application for organizing your gaming collection out there. I remember running into it a few months back but can't, for the life of me, remember the name. That software (or a custom application like it) could be beneficial if you really wanted to take this a few steps further.
Never heard of backloggery and I like your five game at a time tactic Groovy; may well copy it when I return to my desktop, xbox and PS3 - this crummy laptop can barely run anything.
Well, I got on last night and put an hour into skyrim. Didn't really do anything on the main quest line, so not really any closer to taking it off my list, but wasn't swayed into playing anything else at least. Discipline! I had to reset my config file as my tinkering had finally got to the point where the shadows were broken :-D. I did finish 2 quests, an annoying 'diplomatic immunity' one, not fun for a mage who specialises in making things explode rather than skulking about, and a simple dungeon dive to steal some scrolls from a vampire (my first one! I decided not to become one myself, fun as that may be) to translate for my librarian in the mage's guild (I'm the arch-mage! Look at me in my fancy robes!).
Also, still not decided on the 5th game, leaving that slot for now. Kinda worried something good might come out in the next couple of weeks that I haven't thought of yet... The RPS 'games of 2012' has me concerned about my plans :-)
@Smashbox - Elven legacy is a continuation of the 'Fantasy Wars' game (winner, most generic title, 2008). Its good old fashioned turn based strategy, reminding me of fantasy general (itself a fantasy offshoot of panzer general) in that you have a hex board, different specialists and level up your troops throughout the campaign. I enjoyed it, at least, anyone looking for some turn-based strategy with a bit of unit-levelling could do a lot worse.
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I got on last night for about thirty minutes (was all I could spare between getting home late from work and watching Phineas and Ferb episodes with the wife... I love that show, so shoot me). I decided to give some time to Rainbow Six 3... and I realized something. I was playing the game entirely wrong and it was causing me to do much worse than I should have been doing. After reading a strategy FAQ for the game and experimenting a bit, I realized that while I had been just going in with one team and blowing through the objectives, there were possibilities for more teams and more strategy behind the game. I hadn't even done that... and I'd never set a checkpoint before, which resulted in me blundering around the map until I got lucky enough to take the objectives down.
So last night, I gave an attempt at doing different strategies, setting waypoints with multiple teams, and had some fun with it. I didn't like the fact that what I did ended up with me getting three people killed in the first mission. For those of you who haven't played that game, you have a limited team to complete the campaign with... and if you lose people, they're gone forever from your team roster. Eventually, I'll be doing missions with one person and praying I don't get shot. And yes, I'm playing on the easiest setting no less.
Anyway, long story short... I might give a bit more time to this game, but this may be one that I'm not going to ever finish. Not sure that I like it enough. I was thinking that it was going to just be a slightly squad based shooter where I got to kill terrorists, but there's a level of strategy that I don't really like in my shooters. So we'll see... I'll give it some more thought, but may be taking this off my currently playing list. On the upside, I think I know what I'm going to put in its place if I do decide to leave it on the wayside for the time being... Overlord!
Furthermore, tonight starts my weekend! YAY!
I was kinda thinking about this scenario, what if (as you describe) a game just becomes NOT FUN and is stuck on the 5 games list. Whilst the aim is to complete things on the backlog, its not at the expense of my sanity or just to waste my limited time (more so than gaming generally does, i mean ;-)). The way I figure it for me, the rule would be to take it out of the 5 current games, and remove it from the backlog completely as it 'failed the fun test'. I've already been doing this so far, there are plenty of steam games i played for a short while and didn't enjoy, so they are not in my backlog.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that your backlog as whole should only be made up of games you really would like to see through to completion. Unplayed ones, where you usually have no idea whether you'll like them or not, may need removal if they turn out to be bad, but you shouldn't put them back in your backlog, they should be removed entirely (uninstalled/traded in) and not revisited (at least not in this calendar year). That's how I'll manage it, anyway, I'm going to focus on the fun aspects and not spend ages playing things I'm not sure I really enjoy (which is something I also find myself doing too much of and am hoping to curtail with this effort)
Yeah, I totally agree - it's obvious (to me!) that this idea isn't to force myself to play through bad games!
I have found myself flitting from game to game quite badly in recent times, only ever putting in an hour or so, on the idea that the new game I've just bought might be 1% more fun than the one I'm currently playing. I'm adding some discipline to myself, enforced through these lists, to finish some of the things I find fun, along with hopefully discussing some of the things people are playing and getting opinions on what good games are buried in my backlog and ought to get more playtime from me. So far, it's working, with some good suggestions of what to play out of my backlog and giving me just that little bit of focus when I fancy some gametime. I find that rather than being paralysed by 200 choices, I only have to pick from 5 (Although its still 4 as I'm scared to fill up the final slot!). On the plus side, all 4 games I definitely enjoy, so its hardly a slog or forcing difficult decisions. As sabrage said, either I beat the game, or the game beats me - those are the 2 'completion' states that get the game off the list.
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That's a good point. I'm thinking that I'm going to give this game one more shot before it becomes a null. I actually have Crysis as a null already, because for some reason my computer doesn't like it... which doesn't make any sense. I just keep getting to one point in the storyline and then it crashes again. Not cool!Originally Posted by Tikey
But yes... I agree... you shouldn't keep playing games that you're not enjoying anymore!
Parallel conversations in two threads. I can't keep them straight in my mind.
Cheers to everyone taking up this challenge; let's try to keep one another motivated here to make it through without too much burnout. Together we are strong and all that nonsense. We should have a theme song.