Up For Debate - How Many Games Are Sitting In Your Backlog?

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Dec 31, 2015 4:00 PM

Ah, the dreaded backlog. The bane of many gamers’ existence. A towering pile of shame waiting to be conquered, growing unimpeded each every Steam sale with no sign of slowing. As the years roll by I had to come to terms that I will never finish my backlog. There’s more games than I can ever hope to play coming out each and every year, so it becomes a process of cherry-picking the best ones which are most worth my time.

The simplest way to deal with your gaming backlog is to just not call it a backlog of course. Rather, think of it as a vast library from which you can pick and choose any experience. Easier said than done of course, and everyone has piles of critically acclaimed games which they haven’t had the time to play.

I’ve taken to splitting my Steam library up in manageable chunks, comprising Completed, Shite, Multiplayer Only, Must Play & Will Never Get Around To. Completed is obvious. Shite is the terrible games I never want to touch again. Multiplayer Only are the games I can dip in and out of at will. Will Never Get Around To Is a new addition to my Steam Library though. These are the games which I just look inside and tell myself I’ll never get around to. They’re not necessarily bad, but they’re good enough when stacked up against the competition.

Last but not least is my Must Play section. This is my true backlog. It currently stands 13 games strong, and includes a number of massive games I have shamefacedly never finished or even played. The likes of Batman: Arkham Knight, Skyrim, Fallout: New Vegas, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Max Payne 3, The Banner Saga and Borderlands 2, to name but a few. It’s all enough to keep me very, very busy during the holidays, I know that much.

That’s my gaming backlog at the tail end of 2015 then. What gaming nuggets have you still got lurking unplayed? How tall has your pile of shame become? Let us know!

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20:41 Jan-02-2016

Too many games to count, thats for sure.. I need to stop buying all these games T.T

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13:06 Jan-02-2016

Not many 1st time buys. I think only about 2-3. What I have done is sometimes re-bought older games thinking I will revisit them and then not doing it.

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16:45 Jan-01-2016

I still have some games to finish, such as Witcher 3, Shadow of Mordor, and gotta play some in a few Total War titles, but for the most part I play and complete the main story for almost any game I get. Unless I got it in a humble bundle... in which case, now that I can delete games, I may end up getting rid of some...

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14:05 Jan-01-2016

well, since lately I work 10hrs a day, I don't get to be gaming much, have to complete divinity original sin and got a few titles in the steam sales. A few games like fallout 4 I want to play further when my GPU arrives.
Titles on my backlog right now are: Dishonored + DLC, Cod BO3 sp, COD aw sp, dying light, elite dangerous, the witcher 3, BF hardline sp +mp, mad max, mgsV, COH2. So like 11

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16:22 Jan-02-2016

So make that a few more, about to buy nazi zombie army trilogy and company of heroes 2 ardennes assault.

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13:06 Jan-01-2016

Too many......i'm a dreamer....

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11:04 Jan-01-2016

500 + games in my lot

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10:07 Jan-01-2016

three to four...but how can keep MAx Payne 3 in backlog....hard to understand for me

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09:43 Jan-01-2016

Maybe I have like 2-3 games in my backlog. I rarely buy games that I don't like/want which seems to be common practice for some people.

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06:59 Jan-01-2016

50+ Easy.

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06:45 Jan-01-2016

You guys are grtown up andhave jobs ...that's why you buy so many games that you cant even complete all of 'em....maybe when i grow up ...i too will be like that


But right now...i have to beg my parents a lot for a single game...hence every game i have bought i have completed

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06:52 Jan-01-2016

For those of you who simply waste money buying games u will never play.....u can help me out

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07:03 Jan-01-2016

I had many more games during my pre job days, as compared to now

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07:14 Jan-01-2016

I think it is just the difference between physical and digital game prices. When I only had a ps3 with no online, I beat just about every game I bought since they cost $20+ each on average. When that same $20 gets me 10+ games on PC, it is really easy to build up a backlog. You don't really need a lot of money to build up a nice collection of games. That is one of the (many) good things about having a PC :)

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08:52 Jan-01-2016

And I can't even get my family to get me a good pc..

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11:32 Jan-01-2016

I couldn't either...then i went and became 1st at national level in this scholarship....and i bought my pc with that money

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17:47 Jan-01-2016

Ah... what scholarship?

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06:34 Jan-01-2016

Well, I have to play all the Saints Row and Assasins Creed games. Still can't manage to finish Mafia 2 and Just Cause 2.

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07:03 Jan-01-2016

Both the Mafia games are great. How much of Mafia 2 do you have left?

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06:25 Jan-01-2016

You see my steam library? All of it lol. I just don't beat games often so I leave a trail of unfinished games in my wake.

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06:10 Jan-01-2016

For me its....


http://i63.tinypic.com/6dweb7.jpg


Minus witcher 3, its done...

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05:26 Jan-01-2016

Mad max tw3 mkx

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05:06 Jan-01-2016

Have 32 in total. Completed 26 of them. The remaining 6 are mainly online or co-op so still playing. I think I made worth of the money I paid...

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05:01 Jan-01-2016

witcher 3, fallout 4, Dragon Age Inquisition. All of them open world RPGs. I am worried, when these will be over.

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02:20 Jan-01-2016

almost every game I bought on impulse on a steam sale is sitting in my backlog it would probably be easier for me to not list the games then list the ones on backlog :P

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02:07 Jan-01-2016

For me, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Dragon Age Inquisition, Far Cry 4, Fallout 4, Evolve, Batman Arkham Knight, and a few more are all games I've bought and haven't played or finished. Most of my 300 games I haven't even downloaded once... :/

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02:50 Jan-01-2016

My understanding is that Evolve lost a lot of its players and only the hardcore players are left. I hope you can still get a good experience out of that game.

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05:04 Jan-01-2016

Evolve is a dead cat for newcomers. He will be bullied by pro players.

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01:16 Jan-01-2016

I have 70 games that I haven't even played or downloaded in my library. Those include good games like the batman franchise and all Star wars games (besides the new battlefront).

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01:14 Jan-01-2016

I have a steam library of 200. About 100 of them are not so great games I got for free on some websites, and the other 100 are great games, that I have already played/already finished/haven't even downloaded. Without counting the not so great games I got for free, I'd say I have around 70 unfinished games.

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