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It is 2024, the start of a brand new 12 months, and you already know what? I am gonna lastly get my gaming life so as: Sort out my backlog, tame my cluttered library, and be free from my hoard of unfinished video games.

Wait, cease laughing at me. 

I do know you have heard all of it earlier than—from your self, your family members, or your pal who buys approach too many bundles and $1 Steam sale steals. All of us say we’re gonna deal with our backlog, and can we? Hell no. It is an unruly mess, a beacon of guilt, a huge-ass timesink. I am responsible of it too; I’ve misplaced rely of what number of instances I’ve put in video games, proclaimed that at this time is the day I am lastly going to play it… after which I uninstall it two months later, nonetheless as untouched because it was the day it took up 60GB on my onerous drive.

Starfield — a pile of collected sandwiches

Every Starfield sandwich is a game I’ve but to complete. (Picture credit score: Bethesda)

However I am decided. This 12 months, I am gonna be totally different. It is the 12 months of latest and improved Mollie, an individual who finishes their rattling videogames, not shackled by a digital logjam that grows yearly, mocking my lack of dedication for something. At the least, I am gonna really attempt for as soon as.

For somebody who claims to like video games, I certain am dangerous at ending ’em.

I’ve gotten to that time where at any time when I have a look at my library, all I really feel is disgrace. So many cool video games which were left by the wayside, victims of my perpetual exhaustion and aversion to sitting at my desk past work hours. Video games I’ve desperately wished to play like Bomb Rush Cyberfunk, Hello-Fi Rush, Cyberpunk 2077, Chants of Sennaar, Jusant, all stay unfinished. Even video games I’ve adored this 12 months like Baldur’s Gate 3 have been left in limbo, ready for me to achieve the ultimate act. 

It sucks! For somebody who claims to like video games, I certain am dangerous at ending ’em. I’ve obtained a pair tips up my sleeve this 12 months although, ones that I hope might help organise my mind, my video games and provides me that kick up the ass I actually need to really see the credit roll.

Give me construction

I am stealing a trick from our on-line editor Fraser Brown: spreadsheets, child. Fraser retains a spreadsheet of all the pieces he performs in a 12 months—one thing you may hear him speaking extra about on our PC Gamer Chat Log podcast. It helps to visualise what’s been accomplished, what’s in the midst of being performed, and what’s been left untouched.

Chants of Sennaar key art

(Picture credit score: rundisc)

I undergo from a extreme case of caveman mind, so possibly a bit of construction is what I would like. Or possibly it will simply be one other methodology of shaming me about all the cash I’ve spent for video games I’ve not touched for six months, who is aware of? It is actually extra on the chore-y aspect than I might like and I’ve to belief my scatterbrain to really maintain issues up to date. 

I additionally need to reap the benefits of collections, a Steam function I’ve lengthy ignored. This complete time I’ve simply been counting on organising my library by most not too long ago performed. It is nice and all, nevertheless it implies that the video games I neglect about grow to be actually forgotten about as I cycle by my small rotation of normal go-tos. I kinda need to make issues a precedence system: Whack stuff I need to play probably the most in its personal folder, adopted by those I am decided to get round to ultimately. Then after all, the digital junk drawer assortment for the entire random Humble Bundle video games I am going to by no means play in my life. Why not throw in a wee celebratory “accomplished” folder to make me be ok with myself, too?

Jusant protagonist holding a cute critter

(Picture credit score: Do not Nod)

It is lower-commitment than a whole-ass spreadsheet, and as soon as I’m going by the ache of the preliminary organisation it ought to simply be a matter of dragging and dropping every game as I get it. I really feel like if I mix it with the spreadsheet I may very well be unstoppable. Possibly. I nonetheless gotta really play the freakin’ issues first.

Possibly I am going to come again to y’all on the finish of the 12 months and allow you to know if I really handle to do it. Show my haters incorrect (it is me, I am my hater), do the undoable, obtain the unachievable. I do not anticipate to deal with a backlog that simply spans a decade at this level, however I certain wish to clear up the previous few years of waylaid video games that I’ve ignored since turning into a Actual Grownup with a Actual Job. And if I fail, I offer you all permission to level and giggle at me. At that time, I am going to deserve it.